The Ripple Effect making waves, huge waves


Ripple Effect

Ryan Pate and Pete Davies are an acoustic duo known as Ripple Effect and they truly are making huge waves wherever they gig.  In fact their music is so popular that people dancing on the dance floor wouldn’t let them stop playing and kept calling ‘encore’ after ‘encore’. Well this is what I encountered recently when I checked out this dynamic duo at their monthly residency at Beach 162.

They’ve got the look; modern, hip jeans and t-shirt, cool hairstyle thing going on, friendly smiles; in concert with the sun warm and bright with a hint of spring, everyone was happy, the arvo was glorious and so the guys were ‘nailing it’.  It would be fair to say The Ripple Effect have ‘got the groove’. 

The Ripple Effect story goes like this.  They got together at an open mike night late 2010, clicked and have been gigging together ever since at various local Sports Bars, Clubs, RSL’s, Onyx Bar in Cheltenham, and numerous pubs including Beezneez at the Pier Hotel in Frankston. 

A recent highlight for them was performing for The Essendon Bombers football team at the MCG along with being featured in the Frankston Waterfront Festival for the past three years. They keep being asked back due to their contagious happy and hip panache. There’s something happy and bright about these guys and it’s hard to put it into words.  They have a ‘vibe’ and it’s enjoyable. 

Their infectious attitude and enthusiasm sees their version of covers played with originality.  Playing old classics from the Beatles, Rolling Stones through to the seventies with Creedence and alike.  Smash right through the 80s with all the typical number one hits, into classic modern hard rock bands such as Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and more. 

The appealing aspect of Ripple Effect is they please all with their vast repertoire. 

Davies plays a Taylor GS Mini guitar, a loop system, stomp box and delivers awesome back up vocals and harmonies to Pate’s solid tone in both upper and lower registers.

Of late the guys have used the addition of Boz on drums and Ben Clacy on bass guitar creating a charged up four-piece band with that classic rock feel.  In fact some songs are changed up versions of the originals with Ripple Effects’ own flavour. 

If you are looking for a cruisy, happy and dance filled arvo in the not too distant future then head off down to beach 162 and catch the guys “doin’ their joyful thing”.

First published in Mint Magazine – September 2015

Author: Terri Lee Fatouros

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