The first Monday in February we we back in Chertsey with Stu Edwards, who opened this club 15 years ago, and Stu is trying to save it now, because there were rumours that this club was folding because of lack of finances. Stu pulled in quit a good crowd, especially from line dancing friends Judy Bailey and friends, and during the show it was made clear, that through different methods, like entrance fees and help, the club would have another chance to keep open and Cliff Kent was thrilled with the help!. There was also a lot of participation from the visiting friends who joined Stu to sing along, like Chloe, who for me was the first time I saw her on stage and they sang together, Ball and Chain, and later they sang the Johnny Cash/ June Carter song, Jackson, and it really worked!
Stu sang for us, Sweet Caroline, 40 Shades Of Green,Toes and Billy Be Bad.
As always when you are having a good night, the time flew past and after Dance The Night Away, we enjoyed the encore of The Fireman.
The Crow Valley Band made a rare visit to the H-Bar-C, and although we had them before in the club, we certainly were in for a pleasant surprise, as they proved to be an excellent outfit.
Performing mostly true and classic country, they had three good front singers and all harmonised very well.
Band members are: Kevin Whatley on rhythm guitar, Graeme Scott on bass, Lead guitar Dave Perry and drums Tony Spence.
Their instrumentals were excellent, because of many years experience.
Their first number was Just Call Me Lonesome, not often heard these days, followed by I Walk The Line, then I Just Want To Dance With You, which brought the dancers on the floor.Tony, the drummer followed this singing Mama Tried.
In the second set they strung a few songs together, Boot Scooting Boogie with in the same tempo, Take These Chains From My Heart And Set Me Free.The band did also a beautiful version of The Dance. Carrying on with popular numbers were fast As You, God Bless Texas and with a couple of encores, All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down and Dance The Night Away.
Ian Highland came to the H-Bar-C, with a new line-up of all seasoned artists. We saw Arron Herod on lead guitar, Terry Downing on bass, Bob Hasker on steel and Jon Keys on drums.. It was good to see Jon back on the road again after a spell off when he did promotion and TV work.
Ian reckoned that now he has a very happy outfit!
The night was a spell of legendary songs, starting off the show with Don’t Pass Me By, Birmingham Roundabout and Kiss Angel Good Morning.
Ian has a wonderful country voice and sang a bit later for us, Don’t Close Your Eyes, followed by a fast, The Fireman.
During the last set, visiting guests Arwen, and James Taylor from Gone Country joined the band, James singing The Cowboy Rides Away and Arwen did a nice version of Margarita Ville.
More visiting celebrities were Libby Jones, Harry T, and Aubrey Lovejoy.
Third Sunday Club, West End
The West End Social Club on the third Sunday in the month were entertained by the Chris Dunne Band, who is getting brilliant revues and is growing into one of the best bands in the South. Backing Chris are, Nick Bevan on bass and vocals, Tom Brierley on rhythms guitar, Roly Eales on lead guitar and vocals, Gerry Hogan on peel steel and Lee Feltham on drums.
Starting off the night with the dancing favourite, Some Day You Gotta Dance, bringing the dancers on the floor from note one.
Keeping them there with songs, Play Something Country, the ballad Lisa Jane, more uptempo with Honey, Toes and How Long, mixing old with new. Bringing the tempo up even more with The Auctioneer.
It was very good to hear them revive the Lonestar song, Amazed, and having fun with Garth Brooks’ Friends In Low Places.
This club runs a Rock’nRoll dancing club as well and they came on the floor with Jambalaya and Dance The Night Away. Chris and the band ended the show with Cadillac Cowboy.