By Ian Haughey - 20th February 2012 7:05am
A Pub, A Church and the O2 Academy — all in the last three days, all very different.
Last Thursday in the pub, The Lord C Audlem was visited by Taylor and the Mason, a breath of fresh air from these two girls down from Manchester.
Harmonies that would do justice to the Puppini Sisters or the Andrews Sisters (for those old enough, and them that appreciate vocal harmonies, you'll know what I mean), with a mix of covers from the decades:
'You ain't nothing but a hound dog', to 'Sitting on the dock of the bay', 'Rushour' to 'One day like this', 'Teenage Kicks' with a bit of 'Sex on fire' and one or two self penned framed in to the set. It was nothing short of a great evening, with well crafted vocals and guitar playing.
Singer-songwriters Sally Mason and Becky Taylor, down from Manchester, also enjoyed their first visit to the Lord C they had heard so much about, and their faces said it all when they were accompanied by the sax of Alisdair MacKenzie (wouldn't be a Thursday without his cameo appearances) with spontaneous offers of future gigs.
Without doubt those that enjoyed the gig will be looking out for Taylor and the Masons next gig at the Audlem Musical Festival in June, for those that couldn't make it, come along then and hear what you missed.
Friday in the Methodist Church, (Irony?!), Pollyanna song firmly fixed in my head and rightly so.
You could not ignore the wonderful acting, and clever production that created a memorable performance. Musically, the talented Newmans, Naomi and Toby produced and orchestrated their self-penned tunes and lyrics with a choral performance of note. Their voices really creating a West End style musical right here in Audlem.
To see Pollyanna review — click below the photos.
Saturday night saw a trip to the O2 Academy in Manchester to see Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs. The band hit the music headlines in 2005 with their first album Employment. There was no let up in their performance on this 25 date tour in 29 days.
Front man Ritchie really knows how to fetch the band's songs to life with an audience, from 'Ruby Ruby Ruby', 'Everyday I love you less and Less', 'Na Na Na Na Naa' to 'I predict a riot' rocked the O2, mixed in with a couple of new numbers.
One mention for Stoke band All the Young who were the main support — watch out for them, energetic, tight and a big sound really set the stage for the Kaisers.
A varied mix in three days, everyone different, and all excellent entertainment. Roll on next week, especially with Shropshire's Nicky Rouse at next Thursday's Lord C.
Now I really expect to see that place packed for this one, come on folks it's on your doorstep!
If you're looking for other gigs locally check out www.crewegigs.com a great listing.
Scout and Guide Hall
Aston Methodist Hall