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42nd Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Festival

For the third year running we were invited to perform at the annual festival and did so on two evenings.IMG_0524 IMG_0523

The acoustics in the church are always an advantage in embellishing our sound. P1030782

We performed a range of songs, old and new, from the war-time nostalgia of  “A nightingale sang...” and a song from War Horse to commemorate the great war on the 100th anniversary of the Somme offensive “Only remembered“.

We also performed “Things“, “Budapest“,  “Lucky Old Sun“, “Besame mucho“, “Tequila Sunrise” and a song lamenting the end of the Wild West, the Highwaymen’s “The last cowboy song”. We also included a medley of three Ricky Nelson songs and finished with “Dance the night away“.

Thank you all for being appreciative audiences!

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Top two photographs courtesy of Ken Stott.

Featured charity was Pendleside Hospice.

And here are the posts from 2014 and 2015

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Macmillan Coffee Morning – playing music for a good cause

IMGP5198 - Version 2We were there at our local coffee shop playing for a good cause – we probably all know someone “living with cancer”  – and Macmillan nurses are the best.

IMGP5132IMGP5118IMGP5176We performed a couple of sets, about 15 songs in diverse genres.

IMGP5115Our friend Caroline Taylor performed her own set in between comprising mainly songs from the shows concluding with “Time to say goodbye” (made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman) which she sang in English and Italian. Brava!.

IMGP5173Then Barrie and Caroline duetted to close the programme with “Summer Wine” (Barrie doing his Lee Hazlewood interpretation) and finally with our version of the Phil Ochs’ song popularised by Joan Baez, “There but for fortune” with some fine harmonising.

A friend and fellow blogger kindly took these photographs and you can see his take on the event on kindadukish blog





41st Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Festival

The festival theme was the 60s as demonstrated in the many displays in the church.P1020870

Of course being the sixties Burnley FC had to be featured!P1020868

And as musicians we were delighted to see reminders of the swinging sixties when British pop music ruled the world.P1020872

And with that in mind our set was very much 1960s flavoured.P1020884 P1020917

We kicked off with Chuck Berry’s “Memphis Tennessee” and the classic “Save the Last Dance” followed by a couple by the  Everlys, the second a duet with our friend Tony Cummings.P1020890

We were then joined by Caroline Taylor for that old Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood classic “Summer Wine”.P1020897

Then with both Caroline and Tony we performed that great Phil Ochs’ song “There but for fortune” (I love that three-part harmony at the end) and the Bobby Darin classic “Things“.P1020903

Barrie rounded off the first half with a great rendition of Tom Rush’s song – made famous by Scott Walker – “No Regrets“.P1020915

The second half was a 1960s medley with a quiz for the audience to identify the singer and the song.

So we rounded the evening off with songs from the Kinks, the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Little Eva, the Mindbenders, Cliff Richard, Herman’s Hermits and the Beatles.P1020923

Those were the days my friend!

A great evening enjoyed by everyone.


You can read a slightly different take on the festival here.

Last year’s Festival


40th Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Festival

P10006662 Shades of Grey were honoured to be asked to be the closing act  at this year’s Festival. Barrie and I had played at Worsthorne Carnival as part of the Uptown Band (technically the Uptown 5 as we were missing Don on keyboards and our second sax player) in 1989! So this was our 25th anniversary re-union in the village 😉

Mindful however that there were more important anniversaries to consider with the commemorations this week of the 100th anniversary of World War I Barrie called on his resources to make it a more wide-ranging programme.

We opened with a couple of Jazz-flavoured tunes, “Fly me to the Moon” and “She before Bobby Darin’s “Things” got the members of the choir in the audience providing superb backing.

P1000655A switch of tempo and Joanna Butcher joined us to duet with Barrie on  “Hallelujah” and solo on “Songbird“.

Barrie and I performed the Beatles’ song adopted by Dementia Friends this year “With a Little Help from my Friends” before Tony Cummings joined us to duet with Barrie on the Everly’s “Let it Be Me” (the second French song of the evening Barrie pointed out).

As our recognition of the sacrifices made during the Great War Tony Cummings then orated an extract from Michael Morpurgo’s “Private Peaceful” followed by local trumpeter Jim Hoyle playing us into “Abide with Me”. When we finished you could have heard a pin drop, very moving and not a few tears in the audience.

P1000657Jim stayed with us for the final section of our programme. First he demonstrated his versatility with a fine piece of Tex-Mex trumpet playing on the Mavericks‘ song “Dance the Night Away” which had the audience clapping along.

Our finale was that great Civil War song written by Robbie Robertson and recorded by the Band (Bob Dylan’s then backing group) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

Jim introduced this with a muted rendition of a short piece of “Dixie” – the de facto anthem of the Confederacy – which was very evocativeEverybody joined in on the choruses enhanced by Jim’s trumpet. A rousing finish to the evening.

The church was full, everybody enjoyed themselves and they sold a lot of cakes!P1000658




Thanks Jim (left of picture), Joanna (centre) and Tony (on right) for your excellent contributions.

On an historical note the UK lost almost 900,000 servicemen in WW1 and the Americans 600,00 in their civil war – abut the same proportion of the population at the time.

But there is also a local connection as the Civil War led to the Cotton Famine which lasted throughout that war (1861-1865).

There were 300,000 men. women and children employed in the cotton industry in Lancashire alone and it’s estimated that there were half a million people starving and destitute in Lancashire because supplies of cotton from the Southern states dried up during the war.


Smoke on the Water?

Zeus04July14_006We celebrated American Independence Day on a canal cruise organised by the Oswaldwistle chapter of Zeus BNI, an international business networking organisation.

Zeus04July14_020We played a 30-song set to an appreciative audience as they enjoyed their meal on the restaurant boat “Romance” during the two and a half hour cruise starting at the marina by The Boatyard Inn at Riley Green.

Because we were on the water we included songs relating to that i.e.  “Dock of the Bay” and  “Proud Mary” and something by the Waterboys.

As it was 4 July we also threw in a couple of songs new to our set to reflect Americana; REM‘s  “Man in the Moon” and the Band‘s “The night they drove old Dixie Down”(which also has a reference to a Mississippi steam boat the Robert E Lee)

The audience was great, they knew their music and sang along where appropriate, and the crew were really helpful to us. This edited sample of a live recording we made gives you a taste of the atmosphere 

We’d love to do another one!

Photographs courtesy of BNI member Michael Sewell.


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Alzheimer’s Fund Raiser

2 Shades played a fund-raiser on Friday for Alzheimer’s research – at Byerden House Social Club in Burnley.

P1020349 P1020352 P1020355 We played a 45 minute set which included a contribution from David Parkinson (aka Dave of the Avalons – see archives). He contributed “Sweet Georgia Brown“, duetted with Barrie on the Everlys’ “Let it be me” and “Summertime Blues’.

Barrie also persuaded Brenda Smith from Costa Coffee to reprise her Kitchenettes days to help him out on “Rocking Good Way“.

We’d included some new songs in the set including some we thought were appropriate for the event such as Glen Campbell’s “Ghost on the Canvas” from his latest, and last album. Sadly Campbell suffers from Alzheimer’s and is now being cared for full-time in a care facility in Nashville, a great loss to the music scene.

We finished our set with the Beatles’ song “With a little help from my friends”, sung Wet, Wet, Wet style, which has been used in the advert promoting Dementia Friends, a collaboration between the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England.

P1020356After a break for bingo soprano Caroline Taylor took the stage to sing a selection of songs including “Somewhere”, “I who have nothing“, and “I dreamed a Dream” from Les Mis. She has a great voice and the audience loved her.

P1020360After more fund raising bingo Brian D took the stage and got the crowd up on their feet with a string of crowd-pleasers delivered in his inimitable style.

It was great fun and we enjoyed playing with other musicians and all in a good cause. The event raised sevarl hundred pounds sow well done LyAnne and David for organising it.