Live Review & Photo Gallery: The Raccoons at The Republic Bar, 10.07.2022

Tasmanian rockabilly royalty, The Raccoons made a successful return to the live stage after a lengthy layoff due to the sad passing of former bass player, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Campbell back in February.

With new bass man, Warren Hankey in tow, the band powered through two sets of toe-tapping, skirt-twirling rock and roll goodness, delighting the assembled devotees and casual, afternoon punters alike.  Hankey combined beautifully with Grant ‘The Metronome’ Watkins on drums to provide solid backing for Phil Grinham on guitar, and David ‘Swifty’ Hughes on vocals, with the band replicating the Tasmanian “teddy-boy” sound from their prior line-up, seemingly without a hitch.

The sets contained many of the tracks from latest album, Panic, which is garnering renewed interest in recent times across Europe, a market which has served the band well over recent years.

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