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The Country Club At Rango's 16-2-19

The 3rd instalment of this lovely event.

We arrived in time to get a drink and get our picture taken in the bar by their resident photographer who came over for a chat as we are now 'regulars' lol.

Another stunning line-up was featured. Opening the show were 'Cinder Hill' who host this monthly event. The lovely bubbly Katie welcomed everyone to the country club. It was a full house yet again which is so great to see.

This is a songwriters night with a difference. The artists are not 'in the round' but are encouraged to talk about the origins of their songs. I do like to hear their stories. The venue itself is cosy and intimate. It has a touch of red and white gingham and 2 large barrels that are used as tables in addition to the 8 or so assorted table sizes in the room. It has a built in bar in one corner so you don't even have to go downstairs to the restaurant for a drink.

So getting back to the music. Twins Katie and Hayley impressed us again with their beautiful sibling harmonies. We are getting to know these girls quite well and they are passionate about their music and have been singing together all their lives, but it's only in the last couple of years or so that they have been writing their own original music.

Next to take to the stage was Sam Coe who is a firm favourite of mine. Sam has a band, 'The Long Shadows' and she is used to performing with either one or all of her Long Shadows so felt a bit nervous as she was doing a solo set. She needn't have worried. She was fabulous. Singing a range of old and new original songs in her set. Sam is currently writing new songs for a solo album and it was nice to hear one of those songs too.

And last but by no means least, was the powerhouse that is Stevie O'Connor. Not having seen Stevie on a regular basis I heard some of his songs that I hadn't heard before. It's always nice to hear new music. Stevie's sets are always full of energy with lots of stomping on a bass drum. He was on top form. We even saw him play banjo this time which was great.

We got a bit of a shock during Stevie's set when he thanked us personally for introducing him to Ian Hall of Manley Hall Music Group at FSA Fest last summer. It made me feel very proud that Forever British Country has had a tiny hand in helping Stevie on his musical journey as he is now recording his music with MHMG and it should be available in the summer.

All photos credited to Ian Morrall - Forever British Country

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