Just catching up with the many thanks for support at gigs and thanks to organisers for having faith and booking us.
Friday evening we were over at LULLINGTON, South Derbyshire. Lovely little Village Hall we have done several times. Thank you to all for coming along on such a terrible night. Thank you for the lovely Cottage Pie and Apple crumble. Good to sit down and chat with Susan and friends over the meal. Sorry you didn't make it Robert.
Next night we should have been over at MORETON MILLENIUM HALL for our friends, Patricia and Tony. The God of Rain had other ideas and the show had to be cancelled. Out near Newport.... the village was virtually cut off. Narrow country lanes impassable. I put on me jim-jams, got out the red wine and watched Midsummer Murders instead.
Monday morning we set off to a little village out near Ellesmere....COCKSHUTT! .....No giggling at the back!
This was a special gig for MERCIA AND NORTH WALES AREA OF NAFAS...... which is National Asociation of Flower Arranging Societies. This was a big event on a Forties vintage theme. There were stalls to shop from, amazing Flower Arranging demonstrations by a lady who sang along to War songs as she did her arrangement, a talk on Millinery through the ages by a lovely lady called Wendy from Llangollen who had an outstanding collection of hats, a splendid luncheon on flowey china and then ourselves.
It was an incredible feat of organising. The idea driven by Sue Dicks and her team who provided such a magical day. We were honoured to be part of it. Thanks to all the ladies who dressed up and entered into the spirit of things and made us so vey welcome. Allan stuffed his face with an entire plateful of cakes and sandwiches. Allan was very excited because even the North Wales ladies understood him and were complimentary...so "Diolch yn fawr"! ...
3 weeks ago
Two more gigs done and 4 more to go this week. Looking forward to a rest sometime soon.
Saturday we drove over to the lovely village of SALT. Great crowd. This is where they have Roo...the 3 legged cat that we met last year. He is pretty nippy at sneaking in for a warm. Thanks again to all the people who came along and for the wonderful feedback. The Hall is looking lovely.
Sunday was a special day for a certain lady who had her 80th Birthday. Pauline is a very young 80 in every respect. We were her Birthday surprise. This meant for most of the day we skulked around Lichfield ...until it was near our entrance time. We then hid in the Breakfast Room of the beautiful ST. JOHN'S HOTEL until we could appear. All very Cloak an Dagger. She has seen us several times over the years. All orchestrated by her husband Derrick. Well done. Thanks to her guests who were very welcoming. ...
Great first week for the new BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR.
Last Friday at the CORE THEATRE, SOLIHULL and then this week on Tuesday afternoon we did a Matinee at DUDLEY TOWN HALL and Wednesday we did THE THEATRE ON THE STEPS, BRIDGNORTHH.
All the shows went really well. A surprising number of people turned up at Dudley. We have never been there with this show before. The only other time we did it was on the original show we worked with Tom Mundon, Aynuk and Ayli, Giggetty and Harry Harrison. Sad but proud that Tommy now has his name over the door of the Bar there...The Tommy Mundon Lounge. Great to see the wonderful painting of Tommy above the Bar. So realisitic. Not easy to capture him..he moved so much and so quickly.
Thanks to Vivo 's and our friends for turning up by bus from Solihull after already seeing the show last Friday. Sorry we had to do an early spot and leave because of the evening gig Big thanks to the staff at the Town Hall for sorting out our parking and making us so welcome. Bostin' crowd. DUDLEY YOW DID WE PROUD!
Big thanks to the people of BRIDGNORTH the next day when so many of them offered to carry drums, speakers,very heavy things etc. down the steps to the Theatre. Many thanks to the lady from the Staffie Bully Charity Shop who brooked no argument and just grabbed some microphone stands and set off. Too many of the cast could not walk past the Chipshop at the top of the steps so many times..without resisting temptaion ..Allan, Keith, Ian, Emma.
Great show this year. Big welcome to newcomers to the show...VIVO..well respected, well known musicians who have gone down a storm with the audiences we have had.
We now have once again, a proper Black Country character...well, two! EMMA ROLLASON as DOLLY and JOHN as husband, Charlie who do a sketch on Black Country life. First time on the Tour...going great and really fitting in.
Our youngest member is the multi-talented JOE THOMAS. This is his second year on the show. Audiences love him and his ukelele..and so do we. Maybe next year he will do his Elvis or Jerry Lee. He also plays guitar and keyboards.
Olly Spencer also on his second year with us and keeps us all on track.He is a seasoned performer. He does a wonderful job as Host and a very funny comedy spot in the second half.
Looking forward to 3 more gigs in this run...2 nights at KIDDERMINSTER RED ROSE THEATRE ON 23/24TH OCT. and PALACE THEATRE REDDITCH 27TH NOV.
More dates in the Spring incuding LICHFIELD GARRICK.
Many thanks to all who have come along and supported the show. ...
Deal or No Deal! Where's Noel Edmonds when you need him!
Busy time at the moment for we Dandys. Six gigs from last Saturday till this Sunday. Flu Jab and Shingles Jab, an evening of Rockin' sounds at Knowle British Legion with Vivo and friends, various trips to Costa, breakfast with friend etc.
Grand tidy of the shed and garage...AGAIN!. Yes...Bastardo the Evil House Elf has escorted the NORTON MICE back to their Winter Headquarters aka...our Garage. They now have developed a rubber fetish and have started nibbling the wheeels of the suitcases, destroyed a pair of my shoes and made a nest from Alllan's memory foam shoe thingies. They don't work...he couldn't remember where he'd left them!
Just to say a big thank you to all those people who came along to support us at our gigs last week I shall post the Black Country Theatre gigs separately.
Last Saturday we were over at LAPWORTH VILLAGE HALL. We have been here many times always a wonderful crowd. Great to see so many of our friends there.
There were two men in the audience who I had first met when I was seventeen.
Robin Toogood was one of my favourite students when I worked in the Library at the College of Comerce, Wednesbury. Also in the audience the famous Mike Cox from the TIMONEERS. What a lovely surprise to see them both again.
Many thanks to our dear friends Celia and Richard and for the great team who helped set the evening up and organised the food etc.
Big thanks to the people who were so very kind to us at the BARNS RESTAURANT, Cannock on Tuesday evening. We had been invited along by Trish Smith who is President of the SOROPTOMISTS INTERNATIONAL CANNOCK AND DISTRICT BRANCH. Bit of a scramble after being at Dudley Town Hall for an afternoon gig....but we got there and had a great time with them. ...
Two great gigs over the weekend. Friday saw the start of the BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR AT THE CORE THEATRE, SOLIHULL.
Great to share our first night and get to know each other a bit better. All the Acts went really well. Fabulous audience. Lots of friends of Vivo, Olly Spencer and ourselves from Knowle British Legion. Also friends from the Boggery days. Thanks so much to all of you for coming. We were very thrilled to sing our song in our set with live band, Vivo. Something we have never done before. Went very Rock Chick....only in my head though!
Many thanks to main man Martin who is always so kind to us and his crew of sound and lighting technicians for their help.
Next date is at DUDLEY TOWN HALL ON 15TH....BRIDGNORTH THEATRE ON STEPS ON 16TH (May the Lord give Keith the strength to carry his drums up those steps...SEE PICTURE BELOW, KEITH 😱SLATER!).....23/24 KIDDEMINSTER ROSE THEATRE and NOV. 27th at the PALACE THEATRE REDDITCH.
Saturday night we were in our own village of NORTON CANES. Working there with our friends, Nicky and Cliff ETERNITY DUO. Wonderful turnout. Thanks to so many friends and neighbours for coming along to support us. Really appreciate it. Great welcome. ...
2 months ago
Great finish to the week over at SUTTON COLDFIELD FOOTBALL CLUB. We were working there for our friends SUTTON COLDFIELD ROTARY. So may faces we knew from past gigs. What a wonderful afternoon we had with them. Bostin' Loffers! Not sure how much they raised but the raffle alone raised £300. Thank you so much all of you for being so friendly. We had a really good time with you. ...