Soo’s Reviews
THE THRILLBILLIES  -  13th JAN '19 Dave started the evening with "Imagine This" and Ed followed with "My Father In Me". They also did Glen Campbell's poignant composition "I'm Not Going To Miss You". They gave the performance they usually do and fans enjoyed the evening. NEXT WEEK  -  VIC OAKLEY Soo BILLY BUBBA KING  -  6 Jan '19 Billy Bubba King kicked off the new year with his second appearance at Fred's. He went down well with listeners and dancers. Among his varied repertoire was a lovely song from Steve Holy  - "Good Morning Beautiful" - seldom heard any more.  He also gave a tribute to Gary Perkins - "This Is Where The Cowboy Rides Away". Apart from the very sad news about Gary, Sunday was a good start to the new year. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THRILLBILLIES Soo RAYMOND FROGGATT & BEST OF FRIENDS  -  16th Dec '18 The room was full, food plentiful and the 2 acts were brilliant. Best of Friends kicked off the show with their unique take on songs seldom heard - and keeping it country. After the break Middy introduced Froggie - the rest of the evening was a blur - his fans were mesmerised as usual listening to his stories. Thanks Froggie for all the years.  We love you! NEXT TIME  -  SUN 6th JAN '19  -  BILLY BUBBA KING Soo RAY PETERS  -  9th DEC '18 Ray Phillips stepped in to give Ray a hand this week. He plays pedal steel. It was another laid-back evening with Ray singing a range of songs - "Love Bug", "Guitars and Cadillacs" and "Legend In My Time". NEXT WEEK  - for the Christmas party ... RAYMOND FROGGATT - "FROGGIE"                                                       backed by BEST OF FRIENDS Soo JEFF GALLANT  -  2 DEC '18 A wonderful night and a full house to see this duo.  Jeff Gallant is the singer in my favourite band and Clive Grant used to be in the Henry Smith Band. Jeff came smartly dressed - he wore a waistcoat, tie, and stetson - looking the business! - and his on-stage enjoyment is tangible.  He gives every song his all and when a performer enjoys his act so do the audience. A good mix of songs from ballads to oldies.  Wish we could have his band here again. NEXT WEEK  -  RAY PETERS Soo JOHN DOHERTY  -  25 NOV '18 The room was full this week - John is very popular, that's why we don't see him very often, although he has been booked for next year some time. The dance floor was full and he sang some songs seldom heard. A good night was had by all. NEXT WEEK  -  JEFF GALLANT DUO Soo WAYNE-T  -  18th NOV '18 We had an enjoyable evening this week with a newcomer to Fred's in place of his dad Arthur - one half of The Thornhills with brother Keith who were both in one of the most popular bands years ago as I have written before - West Virginia. Talent certainly runs in that family as Wayne T has a wonderful voice especially when he sang some powerful ballads such as Lonestar's "Amazed" and Keith Urban's "Blue Blue Sky". He mixed the songs all evening - there was something for everyone.  I'm sure we would all love to have him back. NEXT WEEK  -  JOHN DOHERTY Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  11th NOV '18 I missed Darren this time unfortunately but I heard the audience had a good night. Soo NIGEL SLATER  -  4th OCT '18 A sad night at Fred's this week when we heard that Fred had passed away that morning. Together with Bernie they have run Fred's Place for for approximately 40 years, and we have had the cream of the British country acts as well as American artistes.  End of an era. Bernie told us to go ahead with opening the club - Fred would have wanted it - so we did and it was a good night. Nigel has a brilliant voice and is equally brilliant on guitar - he comes across as a man of principle and a genuine guy.  A nice mix of music too. NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo BLACK STEEL  -  26th OCT '18 My kind of Country!  A country beat and nice songs. I always enjoy them - Jimmy on pedal steel, guitar and fiddle and Bob singing. A pleasant evening. NEXT WEEK  -  NIGEL SLATER Soo STONE COLD COUNTRY  -  21st OCT '18 We were expecting Kalibre this week but I've heard that one of the Bobs is in hospital. Get well soon! Stone Cold Country replaced them - Ray is on pedal steel and his son Steve on guitar - and what a great guitar player he is. I preferred their 2nd and 3rd spots as it was mainly traditional country with songs like "The Good Times",  "I Never Go Round Mirrors" and "Little Yellow Blanket". NEXT WEEK  -  BLACK STEEL Soo COLIN DUNNE BAND  -  14th OCT '18 A great night with this band - I'd never heard of them so didn't know what to expect.  They are from the London area and only been together for three years.  They reminded me of yesteryear when bands were the norm - and so entertaining. Chris was the main singer - and he really could sing.  Tom Brierley, Lee Feltham and Roly Earles on guitars and they harmonised beautifully with Chris, as well as taking the lead on some. Gerry Hogan and Nick Belton played pedal steel and drums. A good selection of songs too.  I hope they come back! NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo CHRIS RADDINGS  -  7th OCT '18 Back for the third time Chris sang mainly line dance.  This pleased the dancers who were on the floor for all of the first spot. We listeners were bored with it.  We only heard a few traditional numbers that we enjoyed.  When we did we liked his voice. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS DUNNE BAND - 7-piece. Soo