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The continents meet at the Shroppie Fly

24th August 2008 @ 11:11am – by Audlem Webteam
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It was an international night to remember at the Shroppie Fly last night – music by England's Heavy Weather led by Jim Kirkpatrick, vocals and guitar by North Carolina's Chris Cook while the audience featured members of one of the world's finest tribute bands, The Australian Pink Floyd Show – so good, in fact, that they played at Dave Gilmour's 50th birthday party and in front of Roger Waters at the Albert Hall last year.

Chris Cook explained that he'd met up with the Adelaide band in Atlanta, Georgia, while Heavy Weather bass player Carl Brunsdon has played with TAPFS on tour. Audlem seemed an ideal spot for all to meet up and while the Aussies didn't play last night, they enjoyed a treat of a show from Heavy Weather, who have just returned from a tour of Ireland.

Chris Cook and Jim Kirkpatrick featured many of their own numbers. Chris' 3 Chord Joe; Life is Good and Party's Over were stand outs from his latest album Bag of Emotions while Jim featured the number Heavy Weather and Changed Priorities from his eponymous album.

Numbers followed from the likes Ray Charles, the Zombies and George Harrison – for classical music fans, recall the emotions as the soloists' voices entwine and soar in the final movement of Beethoven's 9th and you get some idea of how rock fans feel as Jim and Chris' 'guitars gently weep'!

The sets saw country and blues delivered in great style while humour got a look in too with Chris explaining why a tooth brush is a 'toothbrush' and not a 'teethbrush', a quip appreciated by all that had been to West Virginia! Indeed, the Appalachians seemed to have found a temporary home in Audlem as his North Carolina accent delivered his 'country' and 'blue collar' lyrics in consummate style.

A word too about the drummer Neil McCallum who was on stunning form, so much so that Chris Cook described him as the John Bonham of Campbeltown, near the Mull of Kintyre, from where he hails.

After the August we've had, it's hard to imagine more Heavy Weather could lift the spirits. They succeeded in such style that even the drizzle outside seemed light and refreshing as we left.


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