January

2017

Rosie’s, Normandy

Rosie’s Club had the artist Ainsley, all the way from Lancaster-shire who had travelled down South for five and a half hours, just for this one date.

Ainsley has been on the road for 16 years, and at the age of 30, has acquired a good experience of music, mixing traditional country Love Me Tonight from Don Williams and 2 Lane Highway from Vince Gill with even more traditional, You Are My Sunshine and Okey From Muskogee.

With all the different music, the dancers found steps to keep the party going.

Ainsley also strung several tunes together into medleys into the same tempo, Bad Moon Rising / Hallo Mary Lou and Never Ending /Love For You.

Rosie just has to join into the singing and we heard her joining Ainsley at the end for A Blanket On The Ground and The Wonder Of You.

Ainsley

H-Bar-C, Arborfield

Kalibre

The duo, Bob Reed on guitar and vocals and Bob Dixon on steel guitar and dobro were as usual at the H-Bar-C joined by Sara Curran on keyboard and backing vocals. Having passed her Phd degree in Education, she should now be called Doctor Sara Curran!

Sara told me that she also plays in a Buddy Holly tribute band, the Counterfeit Crickets. But she also told me that she thoroughly enjoyed playing with the boys of Kalibre, and this showed all night on her smiling face!

With all time favourites like Today I Started Loving Her Again and 6 Days On The road, with some more rare played Poor Boys Blue and the wonderful instrumental Mountain On A Hill by Bob Dixon, it was a night to remember!

Being very cold icy night the turn out was not too great, but the band and the regular members created a great atmosphere and Fun!

Long Haul

Brighton based band, The Long Haul, was new to many members, but they drew a full house when they visited the H-Bar-C for their second date in February. Incorporating a double bass, played by Scott Warman, lead guitar by Duncan James, pedal steel by François Deville, (I remember François from his Diablos days), Simon Sparrow on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Dil Davies on drums.  Looking on their Web site, they tell us that their music comes from the Deep South and has a Texas twist!

Mostly uptempo, with just a few slow numbers, we heard Running Behind, varied by Poor Boys Blues, Today I Started Loving You Again and an instrumental, Mountain On A Hill.

The dancers had a good time keeping the dance floor full all night and demanded that the band returned soon.

The evening finished with Tonight The Bottle Let me Down and a welcome encore of Workingmen’s Blues.

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