AIRBUS struck a bum chord when their unbeaten run was ended by Connah’s Quay Nomads this week – but Wingmakers boss Gareth Owen is used to matchwinner Chris Williams hitting all the right notes.
While they were on opposing sides on Tuesday, Owen and Nomads defender Williams – who settled the Flintshire derby with an audacious chipped goal – are more used to player together in harmony as acoustic music duo Easy Street.
They discovered they shared a passion for music when Owen was at Nomads, and with the Airbus boss on guitar and Williams – a former X-Factor hopeful – on vocals, Easy Street now play regular gigs in Flintshire and Cheshire as well as writing their own songs which they publish online.
“We were both playing for Nomads, and I used to play the guitar on the bus and all the lads would join in,” said Owen. “I used to play Oasis, Stereophonics, stuff like that, and one day Chris said to me ‘I can sing a bit you know’.
“He’s auditioned for X-Factor in the past and entered several local talent shows and done well. He’s got a great voice.
“Then one day he came up to me and said we’ve got a gig at the Boro Club in Flint, and it’s just progressed from there.
“We’ve now got 120 songs that we select the sets from, including some of our own. Both myself and Chris love music stripped down to the bone, the way it was written, and some of our songs are even up on our MySpace site.
“There’s a song dedicated to my sister who I lost last year to cancer, personal songs that tell stories, because that’s what we think music should be about.”
Despite managing and playing for a semi-professional football team, Owen has no problem finding time for music.
“We love what we do and it gives us a chance to relax away from everything else,” he added. “We don’t even practise much at all, sometimes we’re just out somewhere and I’ll get my guitar and we’ll start playing. Believe me, I get just the same buzz out of playing in front of a packed room that I got from playing (for Wrexham) at Old Trafford.”
Meanwhile, Owen hopes his side can bounce back from Tuesday’s setback. Following last year’s flirtation with relegation, Airbus are seventh in the league after starting the campaign with a five-match unbeaten run including three victories.
“We didn’t deserve anything from the game against Nomads,” said Owen, who went close to scoring himself with a couple of free-kicks. “In the second half we pressed but that was what I expected. We’ve ridden our luck a bit in recent games and on Tuesday our luck ran out.
“It’s nice to have quite a few points on the board already, but we’ve tried to instil in the lads a certain standard of performance we expect week after week, and if they don’t maintain that they’ll hear from me.
“The lads who’ve come in over the summer have made a big difference. We’ve taken the squad to another level.
“We’ve got competition for places all over the pitch now and that’s given the lads a kick up the backside because no place is guaranteed.”
l EASY Street play the Amber Lounge, Northwich on October 4, and the Fat Cat, Wrexham on October 5. Their music can be found at www.myspace.com/easystreetontheweb.