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Acoustic Music Saturday Afternoons

8th December 2023 @ 6:06am – by Dave Martin
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Acoustic Music Saturday Afternoons

Many moons ago (well at least 25 years) a weekly acoustic music session on a Monday evening started in the Lord Combermere. As well as music of all genres, it also featured pie and peas at around 1030 pm, and rarely finished before midnight. Indeed, those who left early due to work commitments the next day were given a round of applause! This was in the days of packed musicians and singers, and dodgy Lord C toilets. Names of the originators of the session are lost in the mists of time, but John Hardy, Trigger, Pete & Jane Marshall and Ian Haughey must have been amongst them.

The session catered for all acoustic musical tastes (from hurdy gurdy to euphonium) and skills (lead violinist from Liverpool Philharmonic has given us a tune). The variety has been one reason it has survived for so long. We moved from pub to pub in the village as they closed and re-opened, but rarely missed a Monday night. John Hardy proudly proclaims that we've been kicked out of every pub in Audlem!

Times have moved on, we've all aged somewhat and people are less keen to turn out on a dark night, so numbers have decreased, especially since the Covid hiatus.

We've taken the decision to continue with the same format, welcoming any acoustic singers and performers and drinkers who just want to join in a chorus.

But we've changed the day and time. Following a couple of very successful pop-up sessions on Saturday afternoons, we've decided to move to a monthly frequency.

From this Saturday (10 December) the session will be in the Shroppie Fly from 2-5pm, every second Saturday of the month. Please come and join us and enjoy music and the Fly's drink & food.

We know there are many musicians and performers in the Audlem area, so come out and join in!

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