The Unruly Alliance at Vivaz

Raggy Lewis and Kevin Allen on stage at Vivaz for the first time in 34 years. The fundraising gig featured former members of Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and the Stukas.
Raggy Lewis and Kevin Allen on stage at Vivaz for the first time in 34 years. The fundraising gig featured former members of Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and the Stukas.
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It was always going to be quite an occasion to reunite several musicians from the late-1970s pub rock scene at a Scarborough venue.

The Unruly Alliance was the brainchild of bassist Kevin Allen and featured former members of bands including The Stukas, Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and The Count Bishops.

He said the main aim was to raise as much cash as possible for the Newcastle Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association after his daughter underwent a successful operation earlier this year and everyone dropped everything to donate their time free of charge to help the cause.

Support came from two young Scarborough bands – Another Manhattan and a new band featuring Kevin’s sons Jordan and Jacob – proving there is a raft of emerging musical talent waiting in the wings.

It had been 34 years in the making but the main event was worth the wait because the last time Kevin and singer Garry Lewis had performed together was with The Stukas in 1978. And they were also joined by former Blast Furnace members Andy Eastwood and Skid Stuart.

And two Scarborough musicians – Olly Barron on keyboards and guitar as well as drummer Mark Staton – were drafted in to complete the line-up.

As they launched into the opener South Of The River it seemed like they had never been apart. The band sounded a lot tighter and more together than they did two years ago when they first reformed for a Scarborough gig at Westwood Campus.

They rattled through a selection of their songs – there were contributions from the back catalogue of all three bands – and they even chucked in a couple of tracks from Dr Feelgood.

Highlights included Nadine, Down At The Doctor’s and a blinding version of Dirty Water. Proceedings were rounded off with She’s A Wind Up and Jeannie Jeannie which were well-received by an appreciative crowd.

It was a good blend of pub rock fused with a dash of the finest punk blues – and it is understood that they managed to raise in excess of £1,000 for a very good cause.