I walked into the Newmarket bar, weaving and squeezing through already buzzed and boozed patrons, making my way to a space large enough to stand in and survey places from which to photograph the band. “Ladies and Gentlemen…” the singer announced to the raucous crowd, “…we have a special guest arriving in the bar – Mr. Mike Campbell! Mr. Mike Campbell is here!”
I raised my hand into the air, waved it in a few different directions and acknowledged the 150 sets of eyes now (slightly) focused on me. And then, just as quickly as the collective “Who is this guy?” was uttered, a collective air of indifference followed.
And the band began to play again.
The four guys crowded into the corner of the bar – Peter Gorman, Jeff Osborne, John Tustian and Paul Osborne – had the crowd alive all night. Between cover songs and requests, The Gathering as they’re called, throw in a few of their original creations.
The four recently traveled to The Corktown in Hamilton and competed in the Y108’s Spring Music Fest Last Band Standing finals.
Some of their upcoming gigs include the Georgian Queen Boat Cruise from Penetanguishene and a Lobsterfest gig in mid-June in Newmarket.
The band can be found online at gatheringband.ca or you can Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/thegatheringband
But don’t expect me to get you in for free just because I’m with the band!