April

2017

Rednecks, Chertsey

Roots And Wings

The booked artist, Chris James was taken ill and Roots And Wings, Kelley and Michael Corbett, stood in on short notice.

Judy Bailey helped the attendance with a party of her line dancers, and of course Stu Edwards and his lady Chloe was there to support as well.

Th dancers had a good time with their music, Mr. Man In The  moon, Neon Moon, and a couple of Heather Myles songs: Who Did You Call Darling Last Night, and during the second set Sweet Dangerous, which brought many memories back for me, when she used to stay with me and even called me her Dutch Mum!

Just a few more from Roots And Wings extended repertoire: the oldies Old Flames and I Fall To Peaces, Some Days You Gotta Dance, and the encores, Rough Around The Edges and Good Hearted Woman.

H-Bar-C, Arborfield

The Jeff Gallant Band

The four piece The Jeff Gallant Band came to the H-Bar-C and drew in a full house with very few seats available when we arrived.

Jeff, on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, was backed by Ray Phillips, who took over many lead vocals, and plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and pedal steel, Dave Watson on bass guitar and also some lead vocals and Dick Hewitt on drums and occasionally banjo. Jeff, Dave and Ray all join into beautiful harmonies.

They started with the lovely tune, Swinging Doors, then Write This Down, Silver Wings and Stripes, all very danceable numbers which had the floor full straight from the start. A Hank Williams medley finished off just the first set of this night

The second part opened up with a gospel medley, I Saw The Light and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

I really enjoyed their version of the Garth Brooks Song, I’m Much Too Young To Be This Damn Old, (feeling it was just for me).

Much more good music followed, Kiss An Angel Good Morning and There Goes My Heart are jus a couple and too soon the night was over with songs: I Wash My hands In Muddy Water and On The Road Again, with the all time favourite as encore, The Cowboy Rides Away.

Ridgeway Country

Front singer Tony of Ridgeway Country on rhythms guitar was backed by Jess on bass and vocals, Mark on lead guitar and vocals, Matt on drums and Dave on pedal steel.

It was a celebration of mostly well known popular country music, starting off with Anybody Going To San Antone. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness,

During the second set I had a surprise when Tony announced that he had a song just for me! Beautiful Body from the Bellamy Brothers, my all time favourite song. Tony remembered this from years ago when I asked for it. We also heard some different songs with 110% Pure Blue Heartache. Some songs were linked together, Let’s Dance and Let’s Twist Again and Mark took over the lead vocals with He’ll Have To Go and proved to have a beautiful deep brown voice.

The night flew bye and with the question if we wanted a slow or uptempo encore, we got both! 6 Days On The Road and Love Hurts.

Third Sunday Club, West End

Martin Jaye

The 3rd Sunday club at the Westend Village hall, happened to fall on Easter Sunday and I was surprised to find a full house of celebrating people and line dancers all night to the music of Darren Jones.

Travelling from Wales to entertain with some very popular songs, Same Thing Happened To Me, Gypsy Queen and Messed Up In Memphis, and some songs very seldom heard, like Trail Of Tears from Billy Ray Cyrus, White Rose from Toby Keith and a bit later American Kids from Kenny Chesney.

The first set finished up in a happy rock session.

I am pleased that Darren came and had a friendly chat with me during the interval. See photo. and he mentioned that at the Lakeside taster show he was roped into do comparing, because Martin Jaye had lost his voice.

During the second set we heard some more very good music, Where Corn Don’t Grow, Tougher Than The Rest and some more are ones, Big Blue Tree, Angelino and Last Living Cowboy. The dancers found steps to all his music!

Rosie’s, Normandy

George Macintosh

Tumblin’ Dice

Rosie’s at Normandy had George Macintosh on tour from Glasgow Scotland playing for us. We enjoyed George in the past, when he was playing with his two sons, who now have retired from the musical scene. Not George though, he told me that he enjoys every minute of it, touring, driving the country side and playing good country music. He told me he travelled 45,000 miles last year. George works in Scotland as a duo with a lady artist called Carol who works at the Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow. He reckons that he has been into country music for 52 years, since the age of 14. He is also booked to go on the Speed Limit holiday in Spain, George is certainly a very active and busy person.

His night at Rosie’s started with the song, Heaven In My Woman’s Eyes. Just Want To Dance With you and First Fool In Line. Later we heard Leaving Here A Better Man and Young Man’s Town. so dry varied was his programme, and the fans found dances for everything. We even had the Red Hot Salsa from Dave We heard some more very good music in the second set with Where Corn Don’t Grow.

 

Emily and David, singing partners of Tumblin’ Dice have been together playing country music for 4 years: www.tumblindice.co.uk.

They visited Rosie’s in Normandy and attracted a party of Judy Bailey’s  followers, and they created a party atmosphere which is quite the custom at Rosie’s, who herself is the friendliest and fun character you can imagine!

Emily has a very strong voice and with a very varied repertoire of old and new, made the party swing!

Arriving a bit late at the club, she told us that the music started with 2 Of A Kind. We enjoyed a current no.1 from Keith Urban, Blue Ain’t Your Colour and Ghostriders In The Sky.

Both playing guitars, they milk the mandolin and David the banjo, with the country gospel I Fly Away. This was followed by Have You Ever Seen The Rain and a few songs later, another current tune Maren Morris’s My Church.

During the third set we enjoyed variation of Country Roads, Walk Of Life, White Lightning and The Dance, with another gospel session of I Saw The Light, when the mandolin and banjo came out again.

Rosie managed to get her usual 2 encores with Johnny Be Good and Boot Scooting Boogie.

ABBA at GLive, Guildford

I won a prize to see Dancing Queen, a revival show at local theatre, the Glive in Guildford and this was a total eye opener for me. Many youngsters and so many dressed up people for seventies GlamRock. The enjoyable first act revolved around the film Grease. But the second act of ABBA music was simply stunning. It’s been half a century since Waterloo but ABBA’s music transcends the generations and is as potent as ever. By the end of the night even I joined everyone dancing and waving arms to this excellent show!! It was total new experience, and very uplifting!

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