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Photo Credits - Ian Morrall
This was our first visit to this country music event in 2019. The turnout was pretty good considering it's January a rather long, cold and depressing month after all the festivities in December.
We cut it a little fine but we arrived just in time to a warm welcome from Patricia Swindells and Jim Duncan who organise this monthly event in Bantock House's old tractor shed.
Opening the evening tonight are Steve Bonham & The Long Road. I had heard of them but this was the first time I had seen them play. They have the usual acoustic guitar, bass, lead guitar and we were even treated to the sound of a dobro, but a tuba playing keyboard player is a first for me. He even plays a bottle of moonshine. Luckily 'The Bishop' as he is known didn't try playing all of them at the same time although what I couldn't see was the fact that he was sitting on a cajon instead of a stool and tapping it with his feet. Now who ever it was who said men couldn't multitask needs to have a rethink lol. I really enjoyed their uptempo set.
Hannah Paris had come all the way from Essex to perform for us tonight. She told us stories and played her songs accompanying herself on guitar that she taught herself to play, from Youtube videos and being left handed she found that very easy as it is a mirror image. She played her single 'LA' which was nominated for a BCMA award. However, she had written a brand new song and only finished it the day before called 'Lost in the Wind' and that was my favourite. Another really enjoyable set.
A short break before the second band of the evening. Stuart Landon with two of his 'Angels With Dirty Faces' Neil Cook on Bass and Jack Donald on lead guitar. Another lefty. The third of the evening as the dobro playing lead guitarist for Steve Bonham was also left handed.
The Angels treated us to some songs from their new EP 'Outmanned But Never Outgunned' as well as some firm favourites from their phenomenal first self titled EP that got Julie Meakin up dancing. That EP is now available to purchase from all online platforms. Previously you could only buy the cd at gigs. They finished the night with a song that I requested 'PS I Love You' which is undoubtedly my favourite. These guys never fail to make me smile.
Saturday 24th February is the next Wolverhampton Country Songwriters Night. I can't wait.
Hannah Paris - Keren Morrall - Jim Duncan