Big Kendal gig proves the Kitch are alright

Bo'ness band Kitch
Bo'ness band Kitch
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Local indie rockers Kitch have been taken under the wing of a real Charlatan ... and they couldn’t be happier.

The band, which features the ‘two Blairs’, Polmont drummer Blair Fowler and Shieldhill bassist Blair Hoggan, played the Tim Peaks Diner venue at this year’s Kendal Calling Festival at the invitation – and personal recommendation – of The Charlatans’ front man Tim Burgess.

Bass man Blair said: “Tim Burgess said he heard our songs on Soundcloud when he was in the studio recording and he invited us to play at Kendal Calling.”

It was a big boost for the group, which also includes Bo’ness boys Dan Johnston (vocals/guitar) and Paul Band (guitar), who only became a fully formed four-piece after getting the invitation from Mr Burgess.

Blair said: “Dan approached me at a pub quiz in Bo’ness in mid-March and showed me a direct Twitter message from Tim Burgess saying he wanted Kitch to play Tim Peaks Diner. Dan told me Tim also asked he and Paul to bring a full band to Kendal for the gig, so he asked me to play bass.

“He asked if I knew a drummer and I thought of my pal Blair. Kitch went from a duo to a quartet within the space of an hour.”

Their sights firmly set on the Lake District Festival, which took place at the start of August, Kitch began rehearsing in earnest.

Blair H said: “It seemed like no time had passed when Kendal Calling came around, but the few months we had allowed the band to become a tight unit.”

The big gig itself went exceedingly well for the fledgling four-piece, who even landed an extra slot when another band pulled out.

“The crowd was nothing short of incredible,” said Blair. “Even more people came to see us the second night. We spent the rest of the weekend watching the other bands.”

Not many bands can claim to have enjoyed such a memorable debut gig and Kitch is looking to build on the experience by writing and recording some great new songs and gigging as much as possible in the coming weeks.