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).
Read about 2 Shades of Grey at last year’s event
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.
Last weekend saw the 41st Annual Christmas Concert by the choir and friends at St John the Evangelist Church in Worsthorne, near Burnley, Lancashire. There were two performances – on Friday evening and on Saturday afternoon.
The first half of the concert comprised songs from the full choir with soloist Caroline Taylor, Paul Jennings (a monologue) and Ken Hollas plus the children’s choir.
Then 2 Shades of Grey performed opening with “Scarlet Ribbons“. Tony Cummings joined in for “Rocking around the Xmas tree‘ and two Everly Brothers songs. On the Saturday performance they substituted “Have yourself a Merry Little Xmas” for the Everly’s songs.
To round off the first half the choir performed “World in Union“. During the interval a collection was made for the Water Aid charity and calendars featuring local photographs by the late Peter Hartley were sold to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.
After the interval the choir performed a cantata by Joseph Martin “A Winters Grace” which incorporated readings from the bible, read by Fr John Paul and familiar carols.
Christmas really does start in Worsthorne!
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!
Top two photographs courtesy of Ken Stott.
Featured charity was Pendleside Hospice.