It certainly seemed as if we were caught in our very own time warp for here we were, a week later and suddenly it was Halloween again!
Club-85 was suitably and I must say rather splendidly decked out with cobwebs, skeletons, witches, spooks, Jack O’ Lanterns, effective and evocative lighting and various other spooky trappings ready for “Nasty Nick” Fest the Halloween extravaganza, a special gig jointly promoted by Anon Promo and SG1 Radio featuring Johnny Altman with that most fabulous band of all girl rockers, Joan ov Arc.
Hosted by SG1 Radio’s very own Becky Phillips the evening started in a very different and enjoyable way with some baffling and extremely entertaining close up table magic from local magician Martin Cox, a damn fine show with bawdy humour to suit. With myself and other members of The Fellowship either being ‘chosen’ to participate in some of the tricks or as the butt of some of his jokes it made for a most enjoyable start to the evening’s entertainment.
|Martin Cox baffles our Chris or was it the other way round?|
|The mighty force that is.................G La Roche|
|Guido and the Hellcats - Rock On|
John Altman, best known for his role as Nick Cotton (Nasty Nick) in Eastenders, as many fine actors do, and he is indeed a fine actor, also have a goodly serving of musical background to boot. As well as appearing in Quadrophenia his own musical career includes a spell fronting the legendary band The Heavy Metal Kids following the untimely demise of former front man, fellow actor and his personal friend, Gary Holton.
|Johnny & Joan ov Arc what a combination!|
All in all a damn fine evening of top class entertainment and again with a line-up that attracted with a slightly more mature audience at Club-85 it was also a great time for catching up with old friends, may there be many more such nights.
Well, this night was certainly a grand Fellowship of the Stick outing with the five of us, so, without further ado...................................
Even on a Sunday Night!
Since the demise of The Nightingale
And thereby hangs another tale (See below)
A Sunday night and early doors
So we met at Bar-85 of course
For a pre-gig drink and ticket collection
Five fine fellows was my recollection
Myself and Alex, Chris and Kevin
And Peter how could we forget him
Kevin regaled us with tales of Motley Crue
And Alice Cooper, Smiffy’s birthday do
It seems a grand time was indeed enjoyed
But tonight we were otherwise employed
Kicking off tonight was some close up magic
With bawdy humour that really did the trick
Some stunning illusions all sleight of hand
And then G La Roche who was really grand
Without so much as a second glance
Kevin stepped out and did the Time-warp dance
A time warp we were in ourselves it seemed
For once again it was Halloween
There was a Conga and a sing-along
To well-known Queen anthemic songs
Then Guido and the Hellcats with their rockabilly
We sang along and danced ourselves silly
Before Johnny Altman and Joan ov Arc
Tore the very place apart
Rock and roll’s alive alright
Even on a Sunday night!
Ode to a Nightingale
In Hitchin no more
will The Nightingale sing
No more pints of
Colley’s Dog from Tring
For they have closed
and locked the door
Pre gig drinks for
The Fellowship no more
This once blessed haven
of splendid real ale
Is now just a building plot
put up for sale
And once where camaraderie
was often enjoyed
Builders of flats
will now be employed
For the loss of this
once glorious place
The Nightingale gone
oh how my heart aches
So until the next time, keep live music alive, keep calm and eat chickeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen