November 11. I have seen father and son duo The Storms at other Kent clubs but I think this was their first visit here. There was a good crowd waiting to welcome Rick (vocals/acoustic guitar) and son Ashley (vocals/lead guitar) on stage but not the anticipated full house due to some regulars not attending as expected and some late cancellations.
Compère Danny introduced the duo as “a little Storm and a big Storm” but there was nothing rough about their performance of three, fast moving, enjoyable sets with a good mix of old and new. In the first set, when Rick introduced Lonely Drum he hinted that we might be surprised if we realised that behind the catchy song the lyrics possibly reveal a rather dubious meaning.Online I found some debate about what the singer is doing when “beating on my lonely drum” (best not detailed here) but I’m sure it won’t worry many of those enjoying this current floor filler, as they did tonight. No such issues in the remaining sets when some picks for me were the Mavericks Ride With Me, Rose of the Sea (Rosa Del Mar) and a trip back to the 1950s with What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For and A Teenager In Love which got the audience singing along.
Thanks Rick and Ashley, you deserved the many compliments made at the end of the evening.
This has been another good year for the Best of British CMC thanks to Mary and her team, continued support from longstanding and newer regulars and, of course, the acts that have entertained us.