ALL FOLK’D UP MUSIC FESTIVAL: GYPSY MOBILE FOUNDER COMES HOME
Drew Bilboe has never played at All Folk’d Up before, but he knows the area well. “Growing up, I used to play hockey with Montmartre and against Montmartre,” said Bilboe, who is originally from Odessa. “Then at Kemoca Park I used to take swimming lessons (there) too.”
Bilboe is returning as one-third of the blues-rock trio Gypsy Mobile, which will perform Saturday afternoon, ahead of the evening’s headliners the Tilted Kilts and the Dead South.
If you’ve heard the name before, it might be because the band has been around in one form or another since 2003. Those with even longer memories just might recall watching Bilboe cover some Metallica in the Vibank school gym at one of his very first gigs. “I’m sure it was awesome,” he said with a laugh.
The most recent incarnation of Gypsy Mobile, however, with Wade Buettner on bass and Kurtis Kopp on drums, has only been around for “a couple of years.”
Despite the challenges of having Bilboe based in Saskatoon, Kopp in Battleford and Buettner in Regina, they’ve already made some headway together, releasing a six-song EP entitled “All Over Town” last July. The record showcases sounds reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, Kings of Leon, Big Sugar and others, and Bilboe is hoping to see the band record a follow-up in 2016.
In the meantime, he says, they’re more than happy just to be onstage. All Folk’d Up is the band’s last scheduled show before a mini-tour in August that will see them play six shows in Banff, Golden and Quesnel, B.C.
“I like the process of writing new material and going into the studio, don’t get me wrong, but if I could do anything it would just be playing live,” said Bilboe. “We really love playing live and really like feeding off the audience.”
Gypsy Mobile is scheduled to take the stage at 6:10 p.m. Saturday.
– Brad Brown, The Quad Town Forum Newspaper
“You know how they say they don’t make them like they used to.
Well Gypsy Mobile does and they’re awesome!”
– D.J. Ryan CJHD 93.3 fm The ROCK
– Rawlco Radio Clip: All Over Town
“Gypsy Mobile has really hit their stride with the release of this new album.
The songs are very well written and they keep the listener engaged from start to finish.”
– Jeff “Red Beard” Corbet CJTR 91.3 fm Striving for Independents
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