Soo’s Reviews
GARY PERKINS and ALAN WATKINS  -  2nd SEPT '18 I enjoyed last night as I always do with seasoned entertainer Gary Perkins whether he is with The Breeze or solo.  On Sunday Alan Watkins was with him on keyboards. In the first spot Gary played for the line dancers then we heard songs for the listeners. After the one break of the evening Gary sang a mixture including some of his self-penned numbers.  It was nice to be reminded of songs like "Rope The Moon" and "Love Me". It was an enjoyable evening for everyone. COMING UP ... 9th   SEPT -  SAVANNAH 16th SEPT  -  PHIL and KEN Soo HAYDEN ALLEN DUO  26th AUG '18 A great evening with Hayden and Billy Leven.  I loved every song choice. Running a pub now with his wife in Halesowen, Hayden is not taking on so many gigs, but his voice is such a gift I sincerely hope he continues to entertain us for a while yet. He did say at the end of the evening "see you again".  I hope so! NEXT WEEK  -  GARY PERKINS and ALAN WATKINS Soo JOHNNY and LYNETTE  -  12 AUG '18 I was away this week but I'm sure the audience enjoyed Johnny and Lynette. I hope to catch them next time. NEXT WEEK  -  BILLY BUBBA KING Soo CLEAR CUT  -  5th AUG '18 I thought that this week dad and son duo Clear Cut were the best I have seen them. Darren plays 4 instruments - keyboard, guitar, mandolin and accordion. That makes a great musician in my eyes. His dad Don has a nice voice and does the vocals. Country all the way! NEXT WEEK  -  JOHNNY and LYNETTE Soo TEXAS TORNADOS  -  29 JULY '18 We always have a good night when Stu and Pete come to Fred's.  Stu is a great musician on guitar and keyboards - he helps with vocals too.  Pete, as well as having a good voice, has a wonderful rapport with the audience and draws us all in. A feel-good night for all. NEXT WEEK  -  CLEAR CUT Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  22nd July '18 Darren was warmly received this week.  With his lovely voice he is able to sing line dance songs and beautiful ballads.  Something for everyone. NEXT WEEK  -  TEXAS TORNADOS Soo MARK HILLS AND WRECKING BALL  -  15th JULY '18 Well it's happened again: a new band - up-to-date songs, rocky, full of energy, excellent musicians - has divided this audience again. Country music has moved on and in my opinion there is room for it all. It's refreshing to hear something different.  With Mark's  singing there were two guitarists and a drummer.  I enjoyed them! NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo STEVE CHERELLE  -  8th JULY '18 Steve has not been to Fred's before  - he works mainly down south and has done a lot of work for Tony Best. A nice voice - he sang a mixture of line dance and ballads and plays guitar and keyboards. NEXT WEEK  -  MARK HILLS and WRECKING BALL Soo KALIBRE  -  1st JULY '18 Wonderful.  Cannot fault these two in all the years we've seen them. We heard some new numbers from them too this time. NEXT WEEK  -  STEVE CHERELLE Soo IAN HIGHLAND BAND  -  24 JUNE '18 I like this band a lot - as well as being a good 5-piece band, they don't follow any strict song choices. Anything goes! - as well as requests giving us a lovely relaxing evening. The first song was "Pass Me By If You're Only Passing Through", they also sang Sister Wine, Brother Jukebox and Carmen. NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo THE THRILLBILLIES  -  17th JUNE '18 I was away but I'm sure The Thrillbillies gave their fans a good night. NEXT WEEK  -  IAN HIGHLAND BAND Soo NIGEL SLATER  -  10th JUNE '18 So sorry to have missed this artiste.  My friend Bill says he was one of the best solo artistes we have had, and a great guitarist. Hope he returns. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THRILLBILLIES Soo AUBREY LOVEJOY  -  3rd JUNE '18 Not a lot to report as it was Aubrey's first visit to Fred's and I didn't get a chance to talk to him, but I can say that he has a good voice and his own band. He sang some Alan Jackson numbers and also some Charley Pride. He has been on the scene since the 70s although I hadn't seen or heard of him - maybe he plays mainly down south. NEXT WEEK  -  NIGEL SLATER Soo PEDRO  -  27th MAY '18 Considering there were two festivals this weekend the audience at Fred's was good. They enjoyed his mix of songs. NEXT WEEK  - AUBREY LOVEJOY Soo RAY PETERS DUO  -  20th MAY '18 A night for the line dancers. We heard a few new line dance songs but mainly old ones. Two we heard were "Out Of Sight" and "Imagine That". NEXT WEEK  -  PETER BARLOW (PEDRO) Soo THE THORNHILLS - 13th MAY '18 It's always a good atmosphere at Fred's when The Thornhills visit - possibly because we have known them for so long. We get nostalgia and lovely songs, some comedy, and their harmonising is second to none. A lovely evening! NEXT WEEK  -  RAY PETERS DUO Soo JEFF GALLANT DUO  6th MAY  '18 For the 2nd week we had a traditional country night.  Jeff Gallant came to Fred's years ago with his band - since then his band has become one of the most popular headline bands on the festival circuit. He had a really good time playing for us at Fred's.  We heard his great voice singing songs seldom heard - "The Blues Man" and "What Colour Is The Wind, Daddy" being 2 of them. He was ably accompanied by Clive Grant who also used to be in a top band - Henry Smith.  Their first time together and and he was playing guitar, not bass and we really enjoyed them. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THORNHILLS Soo SMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS  -  29th APRIL '18 Long time no see as the saying goes! It's been 6 years since we saw this band at Fred's and I think that's a shame. Smokey Mountain Boys are a unique band playing authentic country songs from way back. Backing Dave were Selwyn Read, fiddle; Peter Stone, double bass; and Steve Harrop, steel guitar.  They are all good musicians and gave us an enjoyable evening. NEXT WEEK  -  JEFF GALLANT DUO Soo BLUE HORIZON  -  22nd APRIL '18 One of my favourite bands this week and Fred's is one of Christine's favourite clubs and it shows when she's on stage. We heard a mix of music - some instrumentals and also some swing and bluegrass numbers. Christine has one of the best female voices on the circuit and the band gave us a lovely night. NEXT WEEK  -  SMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS Soo CHRIS RADDINGS  -  15th APRIL '18 Chris's return to Fred's was received as well as his previous 2 visits. Listeners and dancers were well catered for - some songs were "My Father In Me",  "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Trail Of Tears". A good night. NEXT WEEK  -  BLUE HORIZON Soo CLEAR CUT  -  8th APRIL '18 I missed Fred's this week but expect this duo went down well as usual. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS RADDINGS Soo TWIN FALLS  -  1st APRIL '18 At last the return of this duo from Cheshire after bad weather closed the club when they were last due to visit. We heard mostly new material again - "Roots", "Tennessee Whisky" and a great instrumental from them of "Country Boy".  Their self-penned "Forbidden Love" was also requested. Both are great musicians. NEXT WEEK  -  CLEAR CUT Soo SAVANNAH  -  25th MARCH '18 It was good to get back to Fred's - we had a nice evening with Savannah. Chris has a lovely voice and together with Mark their first song was "There's Nothing I Can Do About It Now".  They also sang "Turn Off The Radio" and "Holding Things Together". Nice to see their change of costume at each break. NEXT WEEK  -  TWIN FALLS Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  11th MARCH '18 Hopefully with the snow and flu behind us we can get back to attending Fred's regularly. This week we had a lovely night with Darren. I enjoyed every song he chose to sing and with his voice as we all know it was a perfect evening. Two songs were "It's All Good" by Toby Keith and "There's The Door" by George Jones. Darren is back later in the year. NEXT WEEK  -  BRIAN MANN Soo