So there you go, that was "Adventures in Performance Mk. V. Not 6 as someone (me) shouted out to Bill very early in the evening.
A huge thanks to all the acts who took part in the show and also to our significantly sized audience who were fantastic! We'd be nowhere without any of you.
The show started with what's turning out to be a fun way to open the show with Bill doing a cover song on uke joined by various members of One Man Sparrow (our house band - this time namely Chris Guy on tenor sax and Cyril Manuel on Bass). A well received version of "Walk on the Wild Side" in tribute to the late great Lou Reed. Well done guys.
Aunt Allie (Lucy Fennell) was our compere for the night's festivities and did a fantastic job keeping the evening on track. Special mention must go to her button amnesty - collecting all those stray buttons that can be found in pockets across the land.
Next up we had Melzebra performing three of her own numbers, followed by Rosy the psychic and her incompetent compliment of spirit guides (and ghost dog). Great stuff!
I took the stage next to perform a couple of my new songs, which seemed to go well and was great fun to be able to take part. After which we had two brilliantly dark cautionary tales from Ros Palmer. Remind me never to poke a goat.
After the break (during which real ales and snacks were available) we had the great El Baldinho and his disappearing "bandanna". I must say I didn't see that one coming!
The Glowing Embers (or Yolo depending on your point of view in the audience) came on next to riotous applause from the crowd. A nice trio of lads with some good covers and nice harmonies. Their mash-up of Radiohead's "Creep" with The Hollies "Air that I Breathe". An interesting but fun combination I must admit!
Next up was our friend the poet Philip Moss with his interesting perspective on the world. He was followed by a bit more fun and games from Aunt Allie - in her swimming costume no less!
The SPLIT PERSONS then took the stage and played four of their dark psychadellic numbers. A bit of a surprise to the audience methinks!
Lastly Bill came back and treated us to an excellent rendition of our theme tune "Alabama Song" - joined by Aunt Allie on the tambourine. Great stuff!
Thanks again to everyone involved!
All that's left for me to do is plug our big Christmas (anti-)pantomime
"Bluebeard - a Musical Bloodbath".
It's based (loosely) on the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault and has been written by local musician and writer Chris Guy and directed by local director Nichola Rivers and staring burlesque zombies - or is that zombie burlesque?
It's going to be a hoot! You can get your tickets from We Got Tickets and there's a link over on our homepage.
Go get 'em tiger.