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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 Fair

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


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 several hundred pounds so well done LyAnne and David for organising it.

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Charity fund-raiser for Alzheimer’s Society


SCAN0055This is a good cause for a condition which many of us have been touched by.

I’ve blogged before about dementia and music and we’re more than happy to support this cause with our friends.