IT’S been a few months to remember for Ribble Valley outfit Good Foxy.

Earlier this year the band beat off the challenge from some of East Lancashire’s best up-and-coming musicians to win the coveted Reidy’s Talent Contest.

And on Saturday the quartet will be celebrating their biggest gig to date when they support The Hoax at Burnley Mechanics at the Burnley Rock and Blues Festival.

“The past few weeks have been brilliant,” said lead singer George Banks. “We have been busier than ever and now we’re getting ready for our biggest show yet.

“To be honest we weren’t really aware of who The Hoax were before we got the gig as we’re all too young to have seen them first time round.

“But once we’d done a bit of homework and seen some of their stuff online, it’s a real honour to be supporting them.

“We all want to see them in action and try and learn as much from them as we can.”

Although only in their teens, Good Foxy’s music evokes the sound of early Seventies’ Rolling Stones and leading R&B bands of the Sixties.

“We all have different musical influences,” said George, “but I think we have all been shaped a litle by our parents’ record collections. For instance my mum loves Creedance Clearwater Revival and Freddie, our bass player, grew up with his dad’s Sixties’ psychedlia.

“We don’t really want to put a label on what we do but we do like to have a bit of psychedelia in there somewhere and we all like a bit of rock.”

As part of their prize for winning the Lancashire Telegraph-backed Reidy’s Talent Contest, Good Foxy were given £1,000 to spend at the Blackburn based music superstore. “We’ve all got our instruments so we thought the fairest thing to do was to split the prize between us and we’ve all bought accessories and equipment which has made a massive difference.”

In beating over 90 other bands and solo artists to the title, the band’s profile has been raised dramatically.

“It gave us a massive boost,” said George. “We honestly didn’t expect to get through the heats never mind win it.

“It has made us realise we do have a talent. You get people come up after a gig and say they thought we were really good but before we weren’t sure whether they were just being nice.”

After this weekend’s festival, Good Foxy have a number of gigs lined up including headlining a show at Clitheroe Grand on Friday, June 27.

“We’re looking at the possibility of hosting our own festival this summer,” said George. “We’ve also been in the studio and recorded several tracks and I think we’d all like to have an album out by the end of the year if we can.

“But the main thing is we all love playing live and try and gain something from every show that we do.”

  • Good Foxy supporting The Hoax, Burnley Mechanics, Saturday, May 3. Details from 01282 664400.