October 28th Meeting | The Black Country Accordion Club

October 28th Meeting

Is it possible to book a new guest artist each month?, An artist who has never been to the area

before?. Someone whose face is brand new to all our members?. It most likely is as there are

many first class musicians only too pleased to travel to our club and entertain us. However, what

if the members enjoy a return visit of a guest artist, year after year and are very pleased and

welcome back the same musicians. This is what happened on Monday, October the 28th.

The Sheila Fawkes Quintet arrived once again for their annual visit and I must add, by popular

request. Sheila Fawkes, not related to Guy Fawkes, but just as explosive once she begins her

singing, swinging vocals.

Harry Floyd, a member who most is likely to receive a ‘telegram’ from you know who’, if he

continues to carry on playing and looking so well, and began the show with a selection of well

known tunes. He played his beautiful version of ‘Autumn Leaves’ in his own inimitable style,

Harry adds so much to his music that you have to listen to each note carefuly to really appreciate

his style. Well done Harry, keep it going forever.

Sheila and the boys then slipped into their show with their version of ‘Hello Dolly’. She was yet again

wearing a new frock, not a frock really but a very nice blue evening gown. Throughout the evening

we were amused by her banter and amusing stories. Terry Mcgrath was on form playing his usual

array of instruments from sax to harmonica. We all have our own style and choice of music that we

prefer to hear and I loved their version of ‘Happy Feet’ and Mr. Sandman’. Terry made a very good

choice of tunes for mood and pace changes. Sheila once again excelled in hammering out just what

she enjoys doing most, singing a coupleof ‘Blues’ numbers.

Another evening of pleasure came to an end and once again we had a happy audience, down very

slightly on numbers, no doubt due to the threat of stormy weather hanging over us.

Our AGM is next on the agenda and preparing the various reports is the next task and I am pleased

to say that the reports are favourable. Profit margins are very narrow but there are no price increases

on the agenda and we have managed to continue to support our favourite charities.

Social nights held on the first Monday each month, continue to be well supported and it seems that

Barrys’ Black Country Accordion Festival could be attracting a few new faces to the club.

Monday Nov. 25th. Harry Hussey and a Fish & Chips Supper, also supporting acts. There is still time

to book a meal. Ring Lou on 01384 274742

Xmas Party on Monday Dec.16th. with Malaky Cairns. Everyone invited