The Annual Taster Show, organised by Silvia McMasters, Sylvan Promotions started of with Lee Kitchens Disco at the early time 11.45 am.
The music show started at 12.15 pm with LA Country from South Wales, Lotti and Allen who are in close relationship, on and off the music circuit, Allen describes his girlfriend as The Best and 100% fun!
They started with, 57 Chevrolet, Look At Us, The Scooter Lee line dance number, Ribbon Of Highway and closed with Close Up The Honky Tonks,
Of course the line dancers were up and dancing from note one, and stayed there all day, I always admire their energy and dedication!.
Next artist, Dave Wilson left me a lovely note: “I’m Having a great time working with Sylvan, I am getting in lots of new clubs and meeting lots of new people. I’ve been singing country music for 46 yearend still enjoying it as much as ever. Keep It Country!”
Beginning his welcome set with Guitars And Cadillacs, the the Hal Ketchum song, Old Soldiers and Still In Love With You, he put a lot of variation in his spot. For the partner dancers he finished with Tempted.
The Barhoppers, Gabbi and David from Beccles in Suffolk, told me about their current CD, Something Old, New, Borrowed And Bluegrass. and 2 of the songs are originals,, which will be out shortly.Starting their programme with a Loretta Lynn song Never Ending Song Of Love; Galway Girl, 3 Hank Williams songs, Hey, Good Looking, Mind Your Own Business and Move It On Over with their encore, Down At The Twist And Shout. Website: www.thebarbhoppers.co.uk
Boyd & Charlotte
Travelling down all the way from Chesterfield, and having been together for about a year, the next act was Boyd (22) and Charlotte (21), at the beginning of their career. They may be a young couple, but by no means less professional as they were singing from a tender age of 4!
They sang the songs Amarillo By Morning, Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, and another Love song, Make You Feel My Love. Their encore was the all time favourite, Friends In Low Places.
New to Country Music was the lovable figure, Dan Morrison, and chatting to him I learned that his home land is Belgium, so we could speak Dutch together which was a real treat! He is living now in Sussex.
He performed a lovely set with Where Corn Don’t Grow, Mercury Blues, If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body and the last song, Live Like You Were Dying.
Rosie Horne sang an interval spot, giving us a superb and quite unique version of Jolene and Country Roads and spent all afternoon mixing with the crowd!
The Ray Peters Duo started their set with the Vince Gill number, Lisa Jane, then from James House, This Is Me Missing You and from the Bellamy Brothers, Vertical Expression. Having graced the scene for many years, as a band and duo, they are truly professional. From Merl Haggard they sang the classicTonight The Bottle Let me Down and encored with a newer song from Zak Brown, Whiskey’s Gone.
Peter Barlow, also affectionately known as Pedro, gave us a very varied programme, starting of with Anyway the Wine Blows from Brothers Phelps, Bandy The Rodeo Clown from Mo Bandy and a couple of Elvis songs, I Forgot To Remember To Forget and She’s Not You, reminding us that Elvis fitted into the country music scene very well. Another Rodeo song, this time from Don Williams was Rodeo man, before finishing of his set with Penny Arcade.
Peter Barlow aka Pedro
Changing the name tonight from Kicking Country to Zimmer-Rockers, making their point with some true entertainment as they staggered on stage with bright coloured Zimmer frames, Brian Cox and Chris James started off their spot with their own composition, Zimmer Frame Boogie, by Chris James himself which made the rockers come on the floor to jive and sing. We enjoyed watching the Barnhoppers doing a wonderful dancing act together. They carried on doing boogie with At The Hop. More sedated music, Teardrops Will Fall, but back to full tempo with Rock This Town, Rock-A-Billy Rebel and their encore Shake Rattle And Roll.
This brings us to the last welcome act, Pat Nugent and his band Mustang who creates fun and good music. Based in London, they have been on the stage for the Southern Country award nights before, and always delivered!
Keeping the dancers doing their steps, stringing several numbers of the same tempo together of good country songs with just a touch of Irish, and creating a party!