I went over The Pennines to the Buttershaw club, to Vaqueros to where a seven-piece band called Roseville were appearing.Sheila Southam, http://www.crosscountrymagazine.co.uk
Darran, one of the founders of the club informed me that the band were made up of professional musos who love modern Country and wanted to start performing it. I am not sure how the seven guys fitted on to the stage but they did, although they gave Sammy a sound nightmare in the first set with feedback and levels.
The frontmen were lead singer David Roy and his brother Paul on guitar and vocals, with additional vocals from the keyboard player, Paul Germain. The other band members were Nick Rickworth on drums, Nick Sumner on lead guitar, Danny Laycock on bass and a familiar face, Steve Harrop on pedal steel. Steve has appeared with several bands on the Country circuit including with Henry Smith and Steve Hanks.
Unfortunately David was suffering with a bad throat and so struggled with some numbers but I loved the programme and thought it was a great choice of mostly post Garth Country. The band played well together and the second set, with the sound problems sorted, was a great blend of vocals and instruments.
What a brilliant night we had at this great listening club run by Darran & and Elaine Gibson who always make you welcome. The club room is always decorated with flags on the walls and tables, complete with nibbles. The stage has good lighting with a great sound system and this evening we had the man himself from Harrogate, Chris Raddings. Chris, as always, gave us a lovely set of songs including his great hit of the moment, You’re In The Shadow Of My Mind and Little Light, about his wife, Fiona and little daughter Eleanor.Brian Thornton, http://www.crosscountrymagazine.co.uk
With his great singing and banter with the audience between songs he got a great ovation.
The next set was with the boys from Bradford, Mike Sagar & The Cresters who are not strictly Country but sang some great songs mixed in with lots of amusement and laughter with their tales and jokes.
Once again ill health spoiled my chance to go to the brilliant Vaquero’s club, this time to see Gary Perkins & The Collection and although Gary himself was unable to perform due to him being ill, the band put on a very good show and I have spoken to several people who were present and they all said it was a superb night.Brian Thornton, http://www.crosscountrymagazine.co.uk
This is a brilliant club where the audience sit quietly to listen when the artists are on stage which is a factor missing at most clubs. Darren & Elaine Gibson, who run the club, have worked hard to achieve this.
As I have said on these pages, I have never understood people who go to a music venue and talk loudly over the artists and so spoil the night for those who have come to listen.
Darren and Elaine run this club to help keep the band scene going, which is commendable because we have lost some brilliant musicians since the introduction of backing tracks. They fill their club by putting on the top bands on the circuit and are now branching out into putting on Country music weekends, the first being in November at the White Lodge Hotel in Filey with a brilliant line up of top artists, as can be seen from their advertisement in Cross Country so go along and support them if you can.
A little further afield I managed to get to Bradford to see young local songwriter, Jade Halliwell starting the evening who was then joined by the original Vaquero band members, Darran and Ian ‘Sammy’ Sands along with Luke Thomas and pianist Antonio for a great set. It felt like Sammy had never been away!Sheila Southam, http://www.crosscountrymagazine.co.uk
The Gary Quinn Band then gave us two good sets of covers and Gary’s own numbers, with an acoustic spot to start the second set and a lovely unusual Garth cover of Why Ain’t I Running.