2 Shades of Grey

Songs from the soundtrack of your life


40th Worsthorne Arts & Crafts Fair

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.


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.