The Chertsey Rednecks celebrated the 4th of July, (on Monday the 3rd of July) with the band who started at the club up 8 years ago and has been there every year since, also we see him nearly every month celebrating. ago. Stu Edwards and Gone Country came with a double act, the first set was the Johnny Cash Tribute and the second set, pure country. with several guests also taking part with a song or two, with grew into a complete party night celebrations. Folsom Prison were mixed with less popular songs, Hey Porter, also I Walk The Line is a true favourite. Then Arwen joined his as Jube Carter with Jackson, Get Rhythm and Ring Of Fire. Stu and Arwen also looked the part of the famous artists.
Gone Country started their set of with Duelling Basnjo’s, 6 Days On The Riad and Just To See You Smile, with Arwen taking of the lead vocals with I Feel Lucky. Then some guests Paul “The Hat” sang a rocky Move It, and Dean Crittenden joined the band for Ghost Riders In The Sky.A reggae version of Country Roads was followed with a lengthy encore of a rock medley.
Martin Ruddy came to the H-Bar-C, backed by Tony Collins on lead guitar, Daryl on bass, and David on drums. Stringing many lovely tunes together, like Time on My Hands / Things / Sea Of Heart break / By By Love and As She’s Always Walking Around.
The first set finished with my homeland party song, Red Rose Cafe!
A song we had not heard for a long time was the Keith Whitley number, Forever And Ever Amen. this was strung together with Mama Tried and the Red Rose Cafe. As always, Martin acknowledged many of his fans, even letting some join him on stage to sing along with him.
His last set came around very soon, by then we were all celebrating, singing along and many dancing! Also one of my favourite songs Choices from Billy Yates, back to back with Hard Times.
Next in line was the rock session, Shake, Rattle ’n’ Roll/ Hound Dog/ and Johnny Be Good. David and Tony took also over some of the lead vocals in this medley, as they did with many more songs during the night.
Of course we were treated to a bit of Irish with This Is My Homeland. The last songs were Proud Mary together with Rocking All Over The World and the encore, Wagon Wheel.
The last date in the month at the H-Bar-C was the return trip from Oxfordshire based The Crow Valley Band. They have been 3 years on the road. They are Tony Spence on drums, who also seems to be their spokesman, Kev Whatley on Rhythm guitar, Dave Parry on Lead guitar and Graeme Scott on Bass. All take turns in singing lead vocals and harmonise well. So it is a nice variations of vocals and music.
During the first set we enjoyed old favourites, Ashes Of Love, Stars On The Water and Heart Aches By The Number. Danceable tunes were Just Want To Dance With You and Gypsy Queen, and nostalgic songs, Walk The Line and Don’t Close Your Eyes.
The second set had a couple of Alan Jackson songs, Boot Scootin' Boogie and Don’t Rock The Juke Box and Keith Urban’s By the Grace of God. They finished the night with a medley of the Mavericks, All You Do Is Bring Me Down and Dance The Night Away.
Third Sunday Club, West End
The following night was the 3rd Sunday Club with appearance of Daniel Berry, travelling all the way from Kent. Starting his music with Be Glad You Can’t Read My Mind, the Loving All Night and Tempted, he gave a very keen music night for the line dancers present.
We enjoyed Daniel’s strong voice singing Billy Be Bad, High Class Lady and Places, with the dancers having a good time, and the floor was full all night.
Daniel told me that the previous night he had played in Lincs, held at a college, and it was an excellent night.
Many more well known tunes followed, like Honky Tonk man, Love Trip and Just To see You Smile finishing with the encore, Guitars And Cadillacs.
Country , Farnham
An invitation from DJ, Lee Kitchen took us to Farnham, Surrey to the Send Royal British Legion, where every second Saturday is love country music and th is time we really enjoyed the ace solo artist, Martin Jaye, who is a firm favourite on the line dancing circuit. He started of the night with Gypsy Queen and with some uptempo songs, varied by Neon Moon, Love Is A Trip and the couple dance, Tempted. Also got the dancers on the floor with the waltz, Waltz Across Texas and Champagne Promise.
Aaron Doherty, all the way from St Albans, Taught in the interval one of his own composed dances on the music of, She Loves Willy, which looked to me very complicated, but the dancers picked it up alright.
The dancers turned the night into a good party night, even dancing the Virginia Reel to a Johnny Cash medley. This party dance I had not seen for many years! We also enjoyed host Lee Kitchen sing a song, playing the guitar of Little Yellow Blanket, and he proved to have a good country voice!
It had been a record attendance in this club with guests travelling from many miles away, and it was good making new friends and meeting old ones!
Rosie’ In Normandy, near Guildford had a surprise artist, Billy Curtis, as Dave Wilson was advertised. I like Billy, he plays for the dancers and us listeners with fantastic repertoire of music, starting the night with Where Corn Don’t Grow. The Something Happened To Me, followed by 1st. Fool In Line, Most songs were well known, like Gypsy Queen and Messed Up In Memphis, and Here Comes My Baby, but I did not recognise Love Trips and Little Mad In My Boots.
Rosie made a short appearance and we wish her all the best. We also went a bit early as tiredness is following us!
Queen’s Regimental Trust, Woking
The annual dinner, in aid of the Queens Regimental Memorial Woodlands Fund was a complete success, The Woodlands were set up three years ago with volunteers working and developing a memorial garden where veterans and guests can visit, also the funds help members in need.
Professional Elvis Presley artists Lee Alexander, Michael Chambers and
J C Aaron giving their time to perform. The first set spanned the Las Vegas years including the Trilogy. The second his army years remembering the song, Wooden Heart and the last set covering the last years of his life.
During the meal we enjoyed the lady going under the name Jazz also singing songs from the Elvis era.
Veteran Paul Cooling, President, also going out under the name of The Hat, with Trustee Deborah Hornblow, mother of Country artists Stu Edwards, Stu was tonights compere, with lots of help of willing friends, and the dinner was a complete sell out.
As the night progressed, so did the party with at the end everybody dancing and enjoying the night. It ended with a jam session from the three Elvis’s.
The event raised £2,200 for the charity.