Saturday 27th February and this gig was a ticket only event and was sold out way in advance which was excellent news for Club-85, the Promoters and of course the artists / bands and no problem if (like 4 of us) you had safely secured your tickets well in advance too, bad news if you suddenly found yourself free and wanting to come along (Like one of our party!).
Luck, chance or maybe just good Karma saw us who were already out and about in Hitchin run into a crowd of former work colleagues in The Victoria who just happened to have a couple of spare tickets, a quick phone call and the procurement of one such ticket saw our party of five complete and the biggest Fellowship get together since Skeggy!
|Chris, Me, Smiffy, Peter & Kev|
What a lovely surprise when singer / songwriter Charlotte Carpenter took to the stage and picked up her electric guitar and treated us to some excellent bluesy numbers, a pure treat.
The Ouse Valley Singles Club had us doubled over with laughter as they treated us to their new wave of humorous Skiffle (Mainly ‘adult’ humour it must be said) with accomplished musicianship and a polished performance they were an absolute joy to behold.
|The Ouse Valley Singles Club|
That the CC Smugglers are not yet world famous is a travesty, they may well be soon though!
Having worked tirelessly since they turned professional and seemingly playing every festival that ever there was over the last couple of years it was a real pleasure to see them back on home territory and obviously so very ‘up’ for this night’s gig, they did not disappoint, a high octane performance full of fun which provoked a lot of dancing and a real party atmosphere, ending their nice long set with their traditional acoustic out among the crowd performance this was, yet again, live music at its very best.
|Out among the crowd in CC Smuggelrs style|
As the title of the CC Smugglers EP says
“Write what you know”, well, I know this
There is nothing better than time spent at a great gig with good friends.
We smuggled our way into Hitchin
Avoiding the six nations crowd
By sitting outside ‘The Vic’
Inside was packed and hot and loud
I wasn’t aware before
That Nelson brewed such a fine ale
But at £3.95 a pint
Common sense did somewhat prevail
Although tonight’s gig was sold out
Not a ticket to be had from any source
We ran into a crowd who had a couple spare
So we bought one for Smiffy of course
There was still time to procure a tasty meal
Before the music started
But what? What was this?
Peter had departed!
A little matter of two sets of car keys
And both of them in his possession
So he had to ‘pop’ out
Missing Charlotte Carpenter
Who played a superb session
Then the Ouse Valley Single’s Club
Who had us all in fits of laughter
They regaled us with their humorous songs
Setting us nicely up for what came after
The CC Smugglers were on top form
They treated us to a most wonderful gig
They have enjoyed some well earned recognition
But they should be ‘Really Big’
Ending the night with an acoustic song
Performed in among the crowd
We love our music live
So there we were once more having fun
The Fellowship were five
Supporting the local scene
Keeping music live.
Grant Meaby Feb 2016