By Audlem Webteam - 10th September 2007 9:16am
Ian Haughey reports on the Chilli Night: "Well, where do you start, again a well supported evening in Audlem, hosted by Colin Cliffe with his own sharp wit and observations on local life providing the interludes between the bands.
"The evening works primarily on paying for itself by the contributions of the audience on the night — a huge thank you to all who attended, and especially because of the way that people mucked in together — it's certainly not hard-work to put these events on. The Hall itself, Audlem Scout & Guide Hall, is a gem of a place, especially for live music.
"The night started with the Half Empty Optimists pulling together a great set with their style of Indie Folk rock — how else could you describe the influences that they pull together. Charlotte's voice adds a real dimension to their sound, strong rhythm playing with some superb rock style lead guitar supported by strong bass and drum. There's a real range from the haunting slow ballad's through to the folk classic 'Whisky in the jar' Thin Lizzy style and when asked for more, rounded off with two numbers from the Rocky Horror show that fetched the audience to their feet. The decision to invite them along following the Duffey Boys music night at the Lord Combermere has to have been inspired! These are well worth seeing.
"Next up we were treated to the talented Nick Lundie, a singer songwriter who can also play some very intricate acoustic guitar. He Played the likes of 'Here comes the sun' from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs Robinson', making them pretty much his own as well playing some of his own compositions. Nick's talent defies his young years with his confident approach to his performance. Here's to seeing him perform in Audlem again and again.
"And then it was Kirsty Jack, really pulling together a set that sparkled. The Jam's 'English Rose', Jose Gonzales' version of 'Heartbeat', the Faces and even a song from the American Pogues influenced 'Flogging Molly'. Another set that included a couple of their own self penned songs from the extensive and wide ranging repertoire of Jack Marshall combined with the developing vocal talents of Kirsty Emerton created another memorable Chilli Night set.
"What can I say next, but Hollow Floor rocked up to the night pulling even the most reluctant of dancers to their feet (well I would say that... but it's true!). Unusual covers of the Beatles, Paul Weller, the Jam, Bob Marley, Gabrielle and Bob Dylan along with their own songs were all delivered in their own distinctive style.
"On a night when there were only two musicians over the age of 25, the audience of all ages left the hall thoroughly entertained with broad smiles. It was good!
Wednesday 4th Dec
Aston Methodist Hall
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St James' Church