One thing about old rockers – and I’m talking about those musicians that were around in the sixties when groups really took off and there was someone with a guitar on every street corner – is that they like to keep on playing.
We can’t all do world tours to top up our pension plan but we can do some good in the community and I see lots of evidence of that.
My friend, and ex-vocalist with the Avalons, David is a member of The Can’t Sing Choir in Congleton which comprises just seven men but 40+ women.
To introduce some variety in their programme the choir’s MD asked David and some of the male singers to perform several songs with David’s guitar accompaniment.
It worked well and David said the “boys took a liking to being in the limelight“.
So when a local dementia support group “Golden Memories” asked them to perform for them they jumped at it. (It’s a worthy cause 2 Shades has performed for in the past with David guesting with us).
They sing a mix of songs mainly from the fifties and through the sixties.
And their name? Well I’d sent David a copy of the photograph taken at our Pendleside Hospice gig.
When David’s wife saw the picture of 2 Shades wearing hats she thought it looked stylish, as did the members of the group.
So it’s good to see my old fellow musicians still performing, and often for good causes.
On a personal note David didn’t start to learn to play the guitar until he retired but is now a fine player with some tasty guitars.
Back in the early Avalon days he wanted to hold a guitar (like most pop idols of the day) as you can see from this posed picture.
It only took him 50 years to get round to learning what to do with it but proves it’s never too late to learn something new (and that’s good for your brain too by the way as I posted several years ago).
Cancer care is a cause close to their hearts having performed at Macmillan coffee mornings in the past and also fund-raising for the hospice by playing at a local pub.
On this occasion they were joined by percussionist Roy Shoesmith, former drummer with Mike’s old group The Avalons (see archive) who last played together in 1966.
On these occasions we encourage community involvement in the performance and include a pop quiz based on 60s favourites from the Kinks, Beach Boys, Sam Cook etc. and expect them to sing along.
The Pendle-ettes didn’t let us down!
The music ranged from standards by NKC and Ella to Tex-Mex, country and latin and included a tribute to Glen Campbell with three of his best Jimmy Webb penned songs.
Everybody enjoyed the event so thanks to everyone who helped: Margaret and Gemma and the other lovely staff.
And also thanks to Roy for stepping in at a few days notice to help us out.
Hospices rely on donations so if you want to support them go to https://www.pendleside.org.uk/
2 Shades were delighted to perform for the fifth consecutive year at Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Fair.
The music was a mixture of standards. pop classics, latin and country.
Pop classics were represented by the Everlys, Billy Fury and the Beatles – “All I have to do is dream”, “I’ll never find another you”, and “Obla-Di Obla-da”. And a modern pop song by Rag and Bone Man “Grace”
Country flavoured songs from Rick Nelson and the Highwaymen – “Hello Mary Lou” and “the Last Cowboy Song”
Latin flavoured “Besame Mucho” and “Ten Guitars”
Standards? “Let there be love”, “I’ve got you under my skin”, and “Every time we say goodbye” by the likes of Nat King Cole, Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald (and covered more recently by the likes of Michael Bublé)
Just before the final song “Every Time We Say Goodbye” joint-MC Tony Cummings ( who had provided backing vocals) gave a reading of “In Flanders Field” as a tribute to the those who fell at Passchendaele, also known as the 3rd Ypres battle, which started 100 years ago to the day. (The poem had been written two years earlier after the second battle of Ypres but the imagery of the red poppies has stayed with the world ever since when remembering those who fell in war).
Once again we were delighted to entertain the members of the society at their regular venue in Burnley this week.
A mixture of sixties pop and standards interspersed by a musical quiz made for an enjoyable night.