There is a magic surrounding Cool As **** that is rare to find in a pub band. The quality of the sound, the camaraderie on stage and the rapport with the audience far exceeds what you would expect to stumble upon in a pub bar in Cornwall: close your eyes and you could be at a stadium listening to the real thing!!!!
Cool As **** consists of four COOL GUYS: Les, Lee, Keith and Simon, who first got together in 2012, having met at The Bowgie Inn’s Famous Jam Session which is hosted by Gerry Gillard every Thursday and is known as The Melting Pot.
Les (bass guitarist and vocals) came to the Bowgie Jam Sessions and played regularly with his former band who were already a well-loved presence at the pub.
He soon teamed up with Lee (drums and vocals), who had similarly attended the jam most weeks, playing with musicians who visit from far and wide. Like all drummers, he’s surely the coolest member of the band, living the Cornish dream - surfing every day!
Keith (vocals, lead guitar) is a seasoned ex-professional musician, who has been on the national and local music scene for many years. As an ambassador for live music, he co-ordinates events, music festivals and concerts etc., and is another regular attendee of the Thursday Jam session, enjoying late night coffees, as well as rock, blues and funk vibes.
The fourth band member Simon, an exceptionally talented keyboard player, with vocals that will make you think you’re in the Deep South, always wears a big smile, with a personality larger than life: a petrol head, car guru the ultimate heart throb.
On one particular night these four guys got up to jam together, resulting in several of the assembled musicians remarking: “You sound like a band!”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
With their common partiality to Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder, Golden Earring, Wild Cherry, Doobie Brothers and ZZ Top etc., their continued popularity pulls a crowd at live music venues around the county.
Another great thing about this band is that you can see them perform this August Bank Holiday!
Cool As **** will be headlining The Ale Festival at The Bowgie Inn this August Bank Holiday on Saturday 23 August, from 8pm. With 40 Ales and Ciders to choose from, local pasties and great company at a great location, the Festival will run all weekend from 22 – 25 August, opening at 12pm each day, with acoustic acts and bands in the afternoon too! Last but not least, we will be raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care.
So come on down and help raise money for our local hospice and try some fantastic Real Ales and Ciders!!!
Live, Love, Laugh at The Bowgie