Lady Balk WMC was my next call where I saw the beautiful and classy singer, Laura Magann, she looked dazzling in her black stage dress which was covered in sequins, like the shoes. Laura has a superb voice and has a vast repertoire. Her first song in this, her second set was, 'Cabaret', a big success for Liza Minnelli. Coming up next is Motown classic, 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'; (Laura's song introductions are first class), the next song was a three songs Supremes medley. I liked the song, 'Midnight Train To Georgia'. I loved Laura's set, great singing and appearance. There was an O'Jays song, 'Love Train'...an Elvis song. A Ruby and the Romantics, and there's plenty more where they came from. Go and see Laura for yourself folks. She finished her second set with a Queen song. 'Somebody To Love '. The sound system and the backing tracks are excellent.
The atmosphere in this club is absolutely terrific, Malcolm is a true comedian. The banter with the members is hilarious.
I found myself in the Nash, listening to JJ Benjamin, he's very smartly dressed, he has that so relaxed easy to listen to voice like,'Words', 'Ferry Across The Mersey', the club was quite busy and the people who were in were enthusiastically joining in his songs. JJ has lots of one liners in his act. There were a couple of Elvis songs. There was a song called, 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues', an Elton John song. Lots more from this fine singer and more to come. JJ closed his set with, 'This Is The Road To Hell'. Loved his show.
Tonight I called in the Top Hat, (Albion Street Wmc) in Hemsworth.
The entertainment was provided tonight by John Fitzpatrick; he was in fine voice and as he always is, very smart on stage, like the shoes. He opened his she with a Craig Douglas song, ’Only Sixteen’ , straight in to a Billy Joel song, ’This Is My Life’. yes, john was in fine form, soon the comedy was flowing and the members were loving it. The were more songs from Elvis Presley, Bobby Bloom and Tony Christie and I have to say every song suited his voice. The next song was recorded by both Van Morrison and Rod Stewart, got it yet, yes it’s Have I Told you Lately That I Love You’. there were more songs in this set, the final one being a Clarence Frogman Henry song, ’I Don’t Know Why I Love You But I Do’.
John and his lovely wife Sharon celebrated their 13th Wedding Anniversary recently and john dedicated this next song to her, it was a Julie Rogers song, ’ The Wedding’. great stuff John and congratulations to you both.
TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB
What a great atmosphere at Gilly's country music club last night with the very talented, 'Blue Horizon'. consisting of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Christine Ringer, Mark Hops on Bass and Harmonies and last but not least Dave Harris, Lead guitar, mandolin and slide. 'A Young Man's Town', by Vince Gill was one of the early songs with Dave adding some awesome lead breaks. One track which stood out for me was, 'Pull Away From Me', by Joe Sun a song I related to the late member of, 'The Collier Dixon Line. Barry Ward who loved to do this song. I can just say that Christine did it justice. As the night went on more and more people were singing and clapping along to great songs by Rita Mcintre, 'How Blue', and Hugh Moffatt's, 'Old Flames'. Once again the audience was outstanding, and at times you could hear a pin drop as Christine was telling me, 'It's a great pleasure to sing to a listening crowd'. Next week is the return of a great favourite at Gilly's, 'Nicky James'. Nicky has just released an album this year. Which is aptly entitled, 'About Time'. It's quite a while since he released one, and it was certainly worth the wait. A Great album !
It's Talent Competition Time.
At the time of getting to Glasshoughton Wmc, there were 5 acts competing for a place in the 1/4 finals of Steve Paige's, ' Castleford Star Search', the best of luck each one of them...and all that follow in the heats, 1/4 finals, semi finals and on to the Grand Final on December 1st.
First on stage tonight is compère Harry Turnstyle; he opened with one of his favourite songs, 'Does You Mother Know', he followed this up with some of his one liners just before introducing the first act, The first act tonight was Selina Scott, Selina looked good in a sequinned top over black trousers, like the shoes, her opening song was Whitney Houston‘s, 'I Have Nothing', what a voice. One from Amy Winehouse, 'Valerie', coming up is lovely Beyonce song called, 'Listen', this lady can sing...
Amy Jayne, looked lovely in her dress, like the shoes, Amy has a good voice, in her set she sang, 'Up Town Funk Me Up', she uses the stage well and has lots of personality. Her second song was an Etta James song, 'I Just Want To Make Love To You', That was just terrific; another couple of songs followed, an excellent performance from, Amy Jayne.
Thomas Pywell has appeared here previously in talent competitions, he looked smart in his stage outfit, like the shoes. He opened with, 'Shut Up And Dance With Me'. 'Stay', a Rhiannon song, an Olly Murrs song called, 'Dear Darling'. Thomas has done well since I last saw him. Well done Thomas.
Harry came back to sing Van Morrison’s ' Brown Eyed Girl' and give us a few more one liners.
He introduced Ryan English to the stage, Ryan English has been in competition before, he is always well dressed for the stage, tonight he opened his set with, 'America', a Neil Diamond song. He's really going for it tonight; his next song is a Garth Brooks song, ’ The Dance', another song, 'I Wanna Go Home', finishing his set with, 'Sweet Caroline.
The final act tonight was Livvy Kathryn; she looked beautiful in a short dress over white jeans, like the shoes. Livvy has a lovely voice, her opening song was, Beauty And The Beast', Livvy's second was Adele's, 'To Make You Feel My Love'. One by Rhiannon, 'Take A Bow' ended Livvy's part of the competition; Well done Livvy!
The judges tonight, are: Emily Peters, Alan Hawes, Amy Thomas and Jonathan Carroll. On sound were Steve Paige who is also in charge of the competition; and Martin Brown. Going to the next round, it's,
SELINA SCOTT, THOMAS PYWELL AND LIVVY KATHRYN.
Glasshoughton WMC presents. Jonny F.
Unfortunately the advertised act is unable to appear, I know there is a genuine reason for this. In his place is a singer who is popular on the club circuit, Jonny F. He was smart in a suit and shirt, like the shoes, he opened with 'Summer Of 69', Jonny's voice is good too. The second song was a James Brown song, 'I Feel Good', there was an Amy Winehouse song, 'Valerie'. Jonny is also half of a duo called, Nite Shift, he has plenty of eras in music to offer, 60's 70's, and 80's. So, plenty for the dancers. 'Sway', was one from the 50's. Lots more from Jonny, his backing tracks are good quality too. I liked his version of the Maroon Five's, 'Moves Like Jagger',
Jonny sure is very different. The next song was new to me,(I'm getting old), 'My Sharona', one by a band called, 'The Knack'. Michael Jackson was featured. The last song in the set was, 'Chasing Cars', by Snow Patrol.
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The Nash... October Entertainment.
Sat 17th. Sara Daniels. Young Female Vocalist.
Sun 18th. Maddie Storm. Excellent Female Vocalist.
Tue 20th. Ricky Graham. Class Male Vocalist.
Thu 22nd. Bethany Brooke's. Excellent Female Vocalist.
Fri 23rd. Scott Carr. Top Male Entertainer.
Sat 24th. Spike Davis. Male Vocal Entertainer.
Sun 25th. Mitchell James. Male Vocalist.
Tue27th. Gracy 'B'. Excellent Female Vocalist.
Thu 29th. Mark Richie. Male Vocal Comedy Entertainer.
Fri 30th. Joe Ross. Young Male Vocalist.
Sat 31st. Kelly Owen. Young Female Vocalist.
Kevin Grundy's Second Pub Book.