Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2016

Joe Wrigley Music was proud to be a partner of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2016 – Cambodia edition!

Hundreds of riders rode through Phnom Penh for charity - pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

Hundreds of riders rode through Phnom Penh for charity

On Sunday September the 25th 2016, more than 50,000 dapper riders in over 500 cities across 90 countries united for the world’s largest motorcycling charity event upon their classic & vintage styled motorcycles (https://www.gentlemansride.com/).

In Phnom Penh, more than two-hundred riders answered an early morning call at Java Cafe, near the Independence Monument. The participants cut quite a dash as they cruised over the Japanese Bridge to the Sokha Hotel, and rode on to Tuol Kork before returning to the Independence Monument for a photo opportunity. All riders were sponsored to raise funds for men’s health charities and prostrate cancer research. The sponsored funds raised thousands of dollars, and thousands more would be raised at a charity auction taking place at Chinese House, Phnom Penh.

Auctioneer Todd Smith cajoled, co-erced and convinced the crowd to part with even more money for charity

Auctioneer Todd Smith cajoled, co-erced and convinced the crowd to part with even more money for charity. Thanks to Links Cambodia for the loan of the radio mike! – pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

The afternoon after-party was fortunate in having bright sunshine, delicious barbecue, lots of cold beer and… a full sound system provided by Joe Wrigley Music. A long list of Phnom Penh musicians lined up to contribute their time to the cause. First up was Scott Bywater, who couldn’t resist a cheeky cover version of Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Motorcycle Song’.

Scott Bywater with Miss Sarawan. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

Scott Bywater with Miss Sarawan. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

Bassist Chris Hilleary soaks in the atmosphere from behind the mixing desk. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

Bassist Chris Hilleary soaks in the atmosphere from behind the mixing desk. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

Canadian country singer Clay George took to the stage with a full compliment of musicians behind him. Chris Hilleary (bass), Henrik Rasmussen (percussion), Pavel Ramirez (guitar), Colin Grafton (harmonica) and the two ‘duelling’ fiddles of Steve Sutcliffe and Graham Kemish all got involved in a spirited version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. After a well-received cover of Roger Miller’s ‘King of the Road’, Cambodian singer Miss Sarawan joined Clay on stage for a mixed Cambodian/English language version of the Hank Williams country classic ‘Jambalaya’. The crowd loved it!

The music wrapped up with three songs from American singer Sarah Gee. When she finished the set with a rousing version of ‘Midnight Special’, the whole after-party was rocking and singing along. Phew! What a great (but very tiring) day!

Guitarist Pavel Ramirez (l) and Josh Bouw (r) chilling out at the DGR afterparty. Josh Bouw produced the track 'Tribute to Johnny Cash' which featured as the soundtrack to the offical DGR 2016 Cambodia video. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

Guitarist Pavel Ramirez (l) and Josh Bouw (r) chilling out at the DGR afterparty, while Joe, Chris and Colin rock some rockabilly on the stage behind them. Josh Bouw produced the track ‘Tribute to Johnny Cash’ by Joe & The Jumping Jacks – which featured as the soundtrack to the offical DGR 2016 Cambodia video. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

Head organiser and lead rider Patrick Uong addresses the crowd. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

Head organiser and lead rider Patrick Uong addresses the crowd. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic

A good time was had by all. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

A good time was had by all. pic: Kampuchea Party Republic.

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