Disclaimer - Any spolling mistaks in this post are entirely due to the blogger spell checker not working!
THURSDAY 28th APRIL - The Victoria, Hitchin, The Sons, Rhys Kirkman and Midnight Drives.
This gig was originally supposed to have been at Club-85 but due to a mix up over bookings etc. it was switched to 'The Vic' to the barn, a smaller and more intimate venue but the bonus was of course that it was free!
The evening opened with The Sons playing one of thier infrequent gigs, a band featuring brthers Alex & George Preston they play great funky rock and this night were on top form.
FRIDAY 29th APRIL - Baldock Beer Festival
Friday the 29th was quite an emotional day for me personally as I retired (Early) from the job I have done (& loved) for 33.5 years, there are many reasons I have retired a few years 'early' but I'll not go into them here, anyway, retirement day for me and Day 1 of the Baldock Beer Festival which has grown over the years to become a very significant part of the Bakldock Festival and a bit of a 'Taster' for Balstock (Which heppend in the town in September), tonight was no exception with a host of good music starting off in the acoustioc tent with Sophie Celeste.
Next it was off to the main stage, after picking up another splendid beer or two to see the La Roche's, Eddie & G in thier covers band, No Sleep Til Bedtime, they may be a covers band but blimey, it's the songs they play, not only do they add thier own inimitable twist to everything they do but come on, a guitar band playing Gary Numan's 'Cars' or stuff by the Prodigy, gobsmackingly good as always.
|No Sleep Til Bedtime|
|Mr G La Roche|
Another very special evening, not only was it MRC's founding father, Muarice McComb's 66th birthday, it was MRC's 36th anniversary and it's been a while since The Fellowship of the Stick, in a Corona style, had visited, tonight just had to be done, the full monty, the very late night, the excess of fine ale and JD, Fender himself out and about and of course the overnight stay, despite the exceptionaly cold UK weather this April, was it worth it? You bet it was!
Musically the evening kicked off with one of the best Hendrix tribute bands I've seen, the RGR Hendrix Experience.
|RGR Hendrix Experience|
|Dirty Mike and The Boys|
By the power of three
|Fender holds court|
Three nights, three different venues
Great Fellowship and plenty of booze
For the Thursday saw Peter Chris and I
At The Vic’ for Midnight Drives
Supported by The Sons and Rhys Kirkman
And damned good they all were
It was intimate in the barn, but fun
Friday evening and I was on my way
To the Baldock Beer Festival
And those who said they would come
Didn’t appear to join in the fun
Never fear, for other friends were there
And there was the excellent beer
And then came Smiffy & Lynne
We saw Sophie Celeste and No Sleep Till Bedtime
Rob Eaton was good and so were the SG’s
But then there was G, the one and only
Who had us singing along in-between the laughter
And finally Fin Lizzy, happy ever after
For tomorrow was another day!
To be precise it was Saturday
And in the afternoon I was on my way
To Arlesey on the train
Out to a gig once again
With Chris, Peter, Kevin & Tim
It’s a while since we’ve seen him
But sadly no Jo
But we did have a Sally and a Keith
And it was Maurice’s 66th birthday
As well as the MRC’s 36th Anniversary
Coronas on display once more
After all that’s what they’re for
RGR Hendrix Experience kicked the night off
Dirty Mike and the boys really rocked
And Nitroville did OK despite Tola’s laryngitis
They still rocked us but a little gentler than perhaps they could
But over all it was good
And we slept out under the stars
Well, in tents and Fender’s den
I can’t wait until we do it again!
|Sally & The Coronas, should be a band ourselves really!|
Coming up on May the 6th, 7th & 8th as part of the Baldock Festival, "Sounds of Baldock" which is, to all intents and purposes, a mini Balstock and is in fact one of the main fundraising events for Balstock, so, if you in Hertfordshire at the weekend, there really is only one place you'd want to be!
Bye for now, until the next time, cool runnings one and all. GM