2 weeks ago
Lovely gig Saturday night over at the Scout Hut in Alcester for the Holy Trinity Church of Arrow. What a lovely crowd of people they were. Made us so welcome. Thanks to everyone who came along and for Bill Baldwin for having the faith to book us. Hope to see some of you at REDDITCH PALACE THEATRE for the Black Country Night Out Theatre Tour on the 27th November. Come up and say "Hello"! ...
Overheard in the Spoons. "Ar sent off for one o' them realistic Sex Dolls off the Interweb...took 3 wiks to come!" His mate replied..."Yow cor complain then if ma missus is anythin' to goo by!"
Back at the beautiful HAGLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB last night for a fundraiser for ST. MARY'S HOSPICE. Lovely crowd as usual. Sharing the night with our great friends ETERNITY DUO aka Nicky and Cliff. Thanks to all for your hospitality and especially to Nick and Cliff tfor the ride there and the use of their P.A. ...
I loved 2 of the placards that were being held aloft during the Trump visit......"DEAR QUEEN...DON'T OFFER HIM THE GOOD BISCUITS!" and "TOO MUCH WRONG...SO LITTLE CARDBOARD!"
Three gigs this week!
Thursday we played over at KNOWLE BRITISH LEGION to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D.DAY LANDINGS. We were thrilled to be appearing with our good friend Keith Slater who we have known for many years...back in Folk Club days and Fastest Bat days. Now we go to see him and Ian Price and Mark Willis collectively known as VIVO every month at this venue...and have done for the past 10 years. Keith had got a siren and everything..and did a great and varied set. Such hard and thoughtful work as always from him. Thanks to Mr. Chaplin for providing the authentic backdrop. The camouflage worked so well we couldn't find our bags and cases at the end.
Wonderful night. Many thanks to everyone concerned....Allan says a special thanks to whoever made the lamb stew and to John Berry for giving him 2 helpings!
Next night we were back at PENCRIC RETIREMENT VILLAGE in Penkridge. Again thanks to all especially the lady who talked to me about my childhood in Wood Street, G.K.N. F.H. Lloyds, Park Lane Social Club and Wednesbury and so many people we both knew.
Saturday we were at a new venue to us out near BEWDLEY...called BUTTONOAK. There were a couple of sites out there with Holiday Lodges and a good number of people from the Black Country. We had a great time with them and are going back to see them next year....as us elderly people say...God Willing!
Allan's Satnav...still buried in his sock drawer after his fall out with the posh voiced lady who tried to bullly him...would have been useful. We got badly lost in the Wyre Forest after taking a wrong turn in Bewdley. Ended up at Stourport! We had reached that "Harsh words" stage of the evening and laying of blame and unneccesary profanities. This is where a Wednesfield Grammar School Education comes in useful.
Rounded off the weekend by returning to Knowle British Legion for the SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE to catch up with friends and watch the great musical talent of VIVO and friends. Thanks to all for another great night. ...
Had a lovely long break from gigs at the end of May to visit Meloneras, Gran Canaria. Wonderful weather, great hotel...The Riu Palace..and 5 nights of amazing music from our friends, Gerry Lane and Al Rivero at the 19th Hole. Now back home and back into the gigs after an unexpected re-roofing experience on return. Look forward to seeing some of you soon. ...
4 months ago
It seems a lot of women can relate to the Liverpool Football Team...they know how it feels to come second!
Busy weekend for him and myself. Friday night we were over at the TALLY HO POLICE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM...feeling guilty (as you do) for a School Reunion of HOLLY LODGE SCHOOL IN SMETHWICK. Amazing to think that this has been going on for so many years. Lots of memorabilia..and still about 80 ex male students and 8 female students from the Girls School get together for a special meal. Must admit I felt a bit outnumbered with those odds...but they were perfect gentlemen and not one asked me if I was the Pole Dancer.
Good to have such positive comments at the end. Managed to get through the Urban Jungle that is central Birmingham without incident. Got as far as Brownhills before we found the street fighting...so not too bad for a Friday night.
Saturday we were over at a lovely little village called NETHERSEAL which is South Derbyshire.
Lovely welcome by the committee and our friend, Robert, who has seen us many times and who had suggested us. Brave Man! Thank you to all for the lovely night we shared..for the supper and the company..and for our special gift of local brewed beer to take home..."'Owd Roger". Wonderful people. Look forward to coming back for a visit next year....and to meet the Llamas! ...