Soo’s Reviews
COUNTRY COUSINS  -  18th AUG '19 A new duo at Fred's, Brian and Harry are really cousins - hence the name.  They are from Co Durham and have been performing together for 19 years.  Smartly dressed with a change of shirts at each interlude, they looked "country". I enjoyed their choice of material and they played 3 songs that I'd never heard - "The Dance Of The Angels", Tennessee Rain", and "Raindrops And Roses". Brian chats between the music and has a lot of country knowledge. A good night. NEXT WEEK  -  GEORGE MACKINTOSH Soo CHRIS DUNNE BAND  -  11th AUG '19 Wow and treble wow! You cannot beat live music played by talented musicians and this 6-piece band is so talented, full of energy, and enjoy what they do. Chris has a brilliant voice and is ably backed by his band who also sing and harmonise beautifully. The room was packed and we all had the time of our lives. NEXT WEEK  -  COUNTRY COUSINS Soo NIGEL SLATER  -  4th AUG '19 Nigel gave us a good night - something for everyone.  The room was full, the dance floor busy and listeners enjoyed his superb voice.  Plus there was a good mix of songs. Nigel will be back in February with The Breeze.  We will never forget Gary but I do love The Breeze.  Looking forward to it. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS DUNN BAND Soo STONE COLD COUNTRY  -  28th JULY '19 We had a nice evening with this father and son duo - Ray on pedal steel and son Steve on guitar. They played middle of the road songs - not too old and not too new.  They also did two instrumentals - one Bing Rocky Top. NEXT WEEK  -  NIGEL SLATER Soo DAVE BRYAN  -  7 JULY '19 It was Dave's first time at Fred's, although I have seen him for over 20 years at Walesby Festival and I've always thought he had a good voice. As Fred would say he went down well with the audience - another good point was his material - all pure country songs and audience requests. Like Arnie he'll be back! NEXT WEEK  -  SMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS 21st JULY      -  CHRIS RADDINGS 28th JULY     -  STONE COLD COUNTRY Soo JEFF GALLANT DUO  30th JUNE '19 At the end of my previous review I said I wished Jeff would return with his band and I have got my wish, and on October 20th they will be back at Fred's again - the week after Froggie's return. Just saying ! Jeff has a great stage presence and with Clive on guitar we had a lovely evening. I must add that Jeff's voice is so clear some members of the audience understood songs they had previously found hard to hear.  Can't be bad! NEXT WEEK  -  DAVE BRYANT Soo WAYNE T  -  23rd JUNE '19 It was a pity the room was half empty due to holidays. Wayne comes from Liverpool and has a really nice voice - it must run in the family (The Thornhills). Those of us there had a good evening with him and enjoyed his mix of songs. NEXT WEEK  -  JEFF GALLANT DUO Soo TEXAS GUN  -  16th JUNE '19 Long time no see - it's 22 years since Texas Gun came to Fred's according to George Snr.  They were often at Fred's and round the festivals with Simon on drums. He is no longer with them so Derek Thurlby joined them tonight.  Coming from Scotland I don't think they travel so much. George Jnr has a great voice and their long experience showed on stage tonight. NEXT WEEK  -  WAYNE T Soo IAN HYLAND BAND  -  9th JUNE '19 This 5-piece band from London bring us laid-back relaxing country music.  Dance if you want to or just sit back and enjoy listening! We heard tracks by George Strait, Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard among many others. NEXT WEEK  -  TEXAS GUN Soo ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES Wow! I was excited to see this band at Fred's. I saw them at Wolvestock Festival about 3 years ago then I recognised Stu who came full circle last night, having been in a popular band for 15 years with his 2 brothers Danny and Steve as Young Country, later changing their name to The Landons. This band has been together for 3 years and I would describe them as a progressive country band.  They weren't to everybody's taste but they were to many as we saw with the audience reaction. They are excellent musicians and Stu has a good voice. Neil Jacks is on bass, Chris Bucknall on keyboard, Daniel Jordan on drums and Jack Donald on guitar. I want to thank Berney for trying out new acts.  After all, variety is spice of life! Kezia Gill surprised us with an acoustic first spot which added to the great evening. NEXT WEEK  -  IAN HYLAND BAND Soo RYAN PAYLING  26th MAY '19 Another newcomer to Fred's although he comes with a good pedigree as his grandad is George of Texas Gun and his father is George junior who has a fabulous voice - seems he's passed it on to Ryan.  Ryan has only been on stage for 4 months and is feeling his way as he goes. We also has 3 numbers from another newcomer hoping to make his way on the country music circuit - Daniel Beard, just 20 years old.  He sincerely hopes to leave his future audiences smiling after having a good night watching his shows. We need new blood so the best of luck to both young men. NEXT WEEK  -  ANGELS WITH DIRTY Soo PHIL AND KEN  -  19th MAY '19 Phil and Ken like to play older country music and that's alright by me - I love it all, old and new. Some songs we heard were "Storms Never Last", Waylon Jennings; "Don't Be Angry", Stonewall Jackson and "If Love Was A River". They also sang an acoustic number "My Book Of Memories". NEXT WEEK  -  RAY PAYLING Soo BADLANDS  12th May '19 If you didn't get to Fred's on Sunday you missed a treat.  This band is an example of today's modern country - upbeat and great musicians.  Russ Kitchin is the vocalist and plays guitar brilliantly.  Ash Thompson is on drums, Phil Holden on guitar and I will get the other member's name next time they come as I am positive they will return. The room was packed and the atmosphere electric with people enjoying all forms of country music.  The dance floor was full all night, and the gent who danced solo to one or two songs was so entertaining, adding to the evening.  Great! NEXT WEEK  -  PHIL AND KEN Soo THE THORNHILLS  -  5th MAY '19 This duo from Liverpool, once performing as West Virginia, have been on the country circuit for so long they can’t go wrong, and always give a good night. NEXT WEEK  -  BADLANDS Soo BUCKSHOT  -  28th APRIL '19 Buckshot are a talented family band.  Father Mel plays the guitar and sings.  He last came to Fred's in 1983 in a band called Stone Creek.  He has also been in Just For Kicks.  Mum Ann-Marie plays keyboard and guitar and son James is lead vocalist with a voice a bit like Johnny Cash.  He also plays guitar.  Pete is on the drums. In this format the band have played together for two years. They gave us an enjoyable night playing all the older music - John Pride's "Paradise" and a few Merle Haggards and Johnny Cash. A nice evening. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THORNHILLS Soo CLEAR CUT  -  21 APRIL '19 This week we had another good night with Clear Cut. NEXT WEEK  -  BUCKSHOT Soo DAVE LESLEY  -  14th APRIL '19 Berney is doing us proud inviting these new artistes to Fred's. We have enjoyed them all and his week was no exception. Dave Lesley has toured all over Europe and has spent time in a German band. After a break from music he missed it so much he had to return. He has a nice deep voice just right for Country and I enjoyed his material.  I have not heard "Blackboard Of My Heart" for ages and I'd never heard "Days Of Me And You". He would love to return and I hope he does. NEXT WEEK  -  CLEAR CUT Soo HONKY TONKIN’ -  7th APRIL '19 We had another new act this week and like the previous new acts these did not disappoint. This duo come from Co Durham and consists of Jerry on bass guitar and Dave on acoustic guitar, vocals and comedy. They kept us entertained all night with an array of material - 2 songs I have never heard were "Voices Of The Highlands" and "Things I Carry Around". Dave has been a solo artiste and in bands for years although these two have only been together for about four months.  I think they are good together and Dave has a very good singing voice. For the last spot Dave joined the line dancers and sang "Red Hot Salsa" as he did the dance. I hope we see them again. NEXT WEEK  -  DAVE LESLIE Soo BOB MORGAN  -  31st MARCH '19 It's true to say that every time we have a solo artiste new to Fred's I worry a bit.  Will we like them and have a good night? I expect the artistes feel the same way. Well we did like Bob and loved his choice of material - all with that country beat I love. Two songs were "Thanks A Lot" and "She Used To Say That To Me".  Songs we don't hear so much now. He sang material from artistes such as Johnny Paycheck, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson and Johnny Rodrigues.  Pure country artistes and a pure country evening. Thanks Bob - hope to see you again. NEXT WEEK  -  HONKY TONKIN' Soo ROOT'N TOOT'N  - 24th MARCH '19 First time at Fred's for this rockabilly trio - Mandy on double bass, Colin, vocalist and Stuart on guitar. I really enjoyed them and found them very entertaining.  We heard songs like "Move It On Over", "Mind Your Own Business" and a self- penned number "Nail In My Liver". It's a wonder Mandy's arm didn't drop off with all that plucking on her double bass! I'd like to see them again. NEXT WEEK  -  BOB MORGAN Soo KALIBRE  -  17th MARCH '19 Kalibre came to Fred's after a long absence and sang both old and new songs. They gave a usual lovely night. NEXT WEEK  -  ROOT'N TOOT'N Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  10th MARCH '19 Darren is another person we know will give us a good night. He started with "Imagine That" then sang line dance songs like "Missing". He did not forget the listeners and sang some Marty Robbins including "If I Want To" and tracks by John Denver and Slim Whtman and the like. An all-round lovely evening. NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo BORN COUNTRY  -  3rd MARCH '19 With a name like Born Country I thought this band would be good. A great name! They are father (ex Diesel Cowboys) and daughter. They were good and unfortunately I missed them. Hope they return. NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo