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