It was a night I had been looking forward to for some time.
I wasn’t disappointed; Tony was on great form and treated us to a full evening of his delightful songs.
But before this Bryn kicked off with two songs, ‘Ireland, I Hear You Calling’ and a new one ‘Song of the Laughing Dove’ about a wedding photographer. Then Dick entertained us with ‘One Eyed Isaac’ and ‘The Tongue on a Woman’ both great Jake Thackray songs.
Then Tony took the stage and commemorated Derek Brimstone’s folk influence by sharing some of his jokes and then singing one of Derek’s openers, ‘Rollin’. Tony’s fourth song was also a Derek Brimstone favourite, ‘Deep River Blues’ – ‘Sitting on top of the world’. Before that was a relaxed blues, ‘Come Back Baby’ and a rewritten comic version of ‘Only You’.
Matt on bass and Ken on lead guitar soon joined Tony for his next two numbers followed by Becky until the break.
The whole band played together with great empathy and obvious enjoyment.
Numbers such as Buddy Holly’s That’ll be the Day’, ‘The Last Thing on my Mind’ and ‘Careless Love’ gave Becky the perfect platform to captive us. My particular favourite was the closing number of the first half, Sandy Denny’s, Who Knows where the Time goes’.
After a drink and a chat usefully limited to fifteen minutes by our MC for the evening, Bryn, Tony took to the stage solo with ‘Rosemary’s Sister’ followed by Becky with an unaccompanied song.
Then Ken, playing superb bass and Matt ‘tricky fingers’ on wonderful lead guitar joined until the close. ‘Midnight Cowboy’ – Pete Boddigs, ‘High Heel Sneakers’ with a great solo from Matt, ‘Good Morning Blues’ with slap bass and Becky dancing, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Peggy Sue’ and many others led us to the last song – ‘Rollin’ in my Sweet Baby’s Arms’, but of course it wasn’t because the encore ‘Walkin’ after Midnight’ got everyone singing; all in all a great evening.