Ian Highland came to Chertsey, backed by a 4 piece band including the legend on drums, Jon Keys, who I hadn’t seen for a long time, and it was good to see him working on the circuit again. The band started the bight’s music with Pass Me By then a song not often heard anymore, Birmingham Turnaround, followed by Kiss An Angel Good morning, so a very varied programme of music. The line dancers were quickly to find steps with all the tunes.
With the guests we saw Stu Edwards who came later on stage to sing a number, Mercury Blues and Aubrey Lovejoy was enjoying the night also dancing away, (Not Line dancing!) and sang for us, backed by the band, Good Hearted Woman.
It made a lovely variation. Neon Moon should have been the last song, but Stu came back on stage and again backed by the Ian Highland band sang as encore, Folsom Prison.
The H-Bar-C on their first date in June, had the local outfit Stu Edwards and Gone Country, with on lead guitar, James Taylor, Bass Terry Downing, Arwen on vocals and the old time profession on drums, Bob Pearce.
As expected we were in for a very good night of music and amusement!
Starting of the night with their signature tune, Gone Country, then the party song, Drinking Bone. Soon Arwen took over the lead with I Feel Lucky.
We saw it all happening, band members walking the floor between the dancers, serenading them.
Stu and Arwen sang a lovely duet of Johnny and June Cash with Jackson, when peopled just were happy and listen, then Stu got playing two harmonica’s during Orange Blossom Special, making the audience “hoot” along.
Many special songs followed, Duelling Banjo’s when the band walked the floor again, Last Living Cowboy by Arwen, Proud Mary, and Let It Rip and so many more, but one of my high lights was when Bob Pearce did a fantastic drum solo which I thoroughly enjoyed.
More fun came with Achy Breaky Heart, finishing the night with a fun medley, Country To My Soul,/ Shake, Rattle ’n Roll/ Great Balls Of Fire, Do You Love Me? and Johnny Be Good.
Because of a few health problems we could not go and enjoy Chris Dunne ’s night at the H-Bar-C, so Roland kindly wrote:
For our second gig of the month we were entertained by the 6 piece Chris Dunne Band. It being one of the hottest nights of the year one expected the dance floor to be empty, however nothing could have been further from the truth. With a near full house the floor was constantly in use with Chris selecting his numbers which found irresistible to dance to. Sticking mainly to traditional numbers like Country Roads, Working mens blues, teenage wedding, all my X’s live in Texas, and the Mavericks Dance the night away etc went down well, with a fitting finale of “Ain't going down till the sun comes up". Lisa Marshall was in to-night and took to the stage with a Shania Twain number and joined the boys to make it a 7 piece. She used to play the H-BAR-C often when she fronted her own 6 piece band. Also in to-night was Ian Highland, Chris from Centerfield, and Chas Bartlett. Chris’s line up included Nick, Roly, Tom ,Lee, and one of the country’s top Steel players Gerry Hogan. Chris’s final words of the evening were "me and the boys can't wait to do it all again when we return to the H-BAR-C this coming November.
Third Sunday Club, West End
At West End, the 3rd Sunday club, Bob Keeley did the honours with a very versatile set, starting his show with the dancing song, I Want To Dance With You, and although it was a very hot night, he brought the dancers on the floor straight from the first note.
This followed by Disappearing Tail Lights and Mr Man In The Moon, all very popular country and dancing songs.Later he increased the tempo and volume with All Shook Up and Billy Be Bad, Again a good variation during the 2nd set with Tempted, Half Way To Paradise and opting the tempo with Jailhouse Rock. The air conditioning was doing overtime which kept the dancers on the floor, but for me we were happy do sit and listen to this seasoned artist.
Country in the Marsh, Ripley
The Saddlers Arms, nr Woking holds its annual Music In The Marsh in a small marquee behind the pub, organised by Stu Edwards from Gone Country, with 6 live acts. Last year we warned them not to be on the same Saturday as Glastonbury [or Wimbledon]. Did they listen and did we pay the price as the showers bucketed down!
Starting off early afternoon with the duo, Acoustic Wood, two gents, Dave Hill who came from nearby Guildford and Doug from Epsom. Sadly we missed their set, but speaking to the, later I learned that they had played 1 hour set with some of the material Blue Moon Rising, Be My Baby, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight and Dave was later to join Gone Country as their drummer.
When we arrived the floor was full with families and you had to be careful where you put your feet. The talented Dean Crittenden from London, was singing his heart out with the very uptempo The Auctioneer, Some Fire songs: Great Balls Of Fire, Ring Of Fire and The Fireman.
The duo, father and daughter team Micky Page and Charlie going out together with the name, Barefoot (Charlie) and Crazy (Micky). starting their set with, We’re From The Country And We Like It This Way.
It was lovely to hear Charlie sing the Dolly Parton song, Coat Of Many Colours, which her nice clear voice suited her a treat!.
Quite differently she also sang for us, Girl Crush, going back to Micky with the beautiful rendering of Give Me A Mountain To Climb. Doing his name Crazy justice he told us some fun stories and jokes!
They made a marvellous duet with Micky singing Country Roads, intertwined with Charlie singing I Will Alway Love You.
Nearly to the end of their show, Charlie got a trumpet out and performed an immaculate set of The Legion Lost Control, which got her a fantastic applause. Their encore was the pop/country song Dreams.
Ed, John and Sandie, were original members of the hugely successful and very popular Ned Porridge Band, that in 1975 was the inspiration of the late Ed Pearson who also fronted the band.
So now, The Porridge Band is once again performing as a totally live five piece country music band celebrating the music of the Ned Porridge Band from the 1970's together with the development of country music since that time.
Sandy did most of the vocals, in her lovely clear voice she sang Peaceful easy feeling, Blue Roses, Blanket On The Ground and Walking Away, with variation from John, Islands In The Stream. with their final number, When Will I Be Loved.
Having seen Ian Highland Band a few times recently, we knew we were in for a good show, being truly professional and backed by a great band, Ian Highland Lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Arron Herrod on lead guitar and vocals, Terry Dawning on bass guitar, Jon Keys on drums and Bob … on steel.
His music started of with the number, Pass me By, then the lovely song, Birmingham Turnabout which followed by the tear jerker, Kiss An Angel Good Morning.Too soon we heard the encore of Somewhere between Your Heart And Mine
Then was when the late night party started, the crowd packing in front of the stage, really having a good time showing of their dancing and movement skills, the boy and girl of the band Stu, Jamie, Terry, and Arwen, while Dave Hill took tonight’s drums, joining the dancers, serenading the crowd, mixed by the children and young people. And everyone looks as, and were having a good time..Music started with Stu and Arwen doing their duet, Jackson and Arwen followed tis with the girly song, 9 to 5, Then Jami all sang a lead with Bad Moon Rising, and Arwen again, These Boots Are Made For Walking. This was the variation of their music.
The hour flew by and the band did overtime. and the crowd called for more! This started with I Don’t like Country, Achy Breaky Heart, a lengthy Rock medley with finally Rocking All Over The World.