Crowborough Report - The final meeting
Tonight was on the cards to be a very "SAD NIGHT" as this was the last night the Club would open it's doors and for all who came through the door a bit of a surprise as tonight was a "NO CHARGE" entry fee night. So at start time compare FRED brought on stage ALAN GREGORY and it was "Here Comes My Baby" that got things on the right track on then to "Baby I'm Right" then we all met the "High Class Lady" who said "I Love The Honky Tonk Life" moving onto the up tempo number "What Was I Thinking". ALAN then moved onto "That's How I Got To Memphis" and "Love Her For A While" and kept the Dancers happy with I Just Wanna Dance With You" along with "Memories Are Made Of This" and in this spot we also heard "Talk Is Cheap" along with "Smokey Places".
FRED brought back ALAN for the second spot and again a vey good mix of numbers which included "American Kids" who were sitting on a "Little Yellow Blanket" watching the "Disappearing Tail Lights" that were going to "Places" and that is "Where The Corn Don't Grow" other numbers in this spot were4 "Rolling With The Flow" along with "Who Do You Think You Are" and Alan closed the spot with "Another Song I Had To Write"
During the break was the "RAFFLE DRAW" tonight for members only with this all done and dusted and then photo's of all standing in front of the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C. banner and ALAN also joined in the fun after which compare FRED for the final time tonight brought back ALAN and away he went with "Seven Nights To Rock" and "Come Do A little Life" along with the "Losing Side Of Me" he then moved onto "This Is Me Missing You" next up was the Don Williams number "First Fool In Line" then we were off on a "Little Love Trip" a Gerry Kilgore number then it was "Remember When" along with "A Real Good Way To End Up Lonesome" and then "I See Me". ALAN then rocked it up a bit with "Johnny B Goode" the Chuck Berry number and the final number of tonight's show was "Merry Christmas Everyone". Compare FRED was going to have to ask ALAN for one more and this turned out to be "Lay Low".
It may have been the "FINAL SHOW" at the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C. but all in the hall had a brilliant night of LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC put on by ALAN, there was a short speech by NORMAN to thank all MARIA, TONY,VAL, DAVE and FRED for all there hard work over the past years to keep the Club running, and from me to all of you "THANK YOU" for making me very welcome, maybe will see you at other Club's in the area.
Crowborough - June 2016
This was a first for me tonight as I headed off for Crowborough and when I got there the artist for tonight was set up and ready to go so time to start and compare FRED came to the front of the stage to introduce to all in the hall HAYDEN and it was "Talk Is Cheap" along with the Michael Peterson number "That's What They Said About The Buffalo" onto "Baby I'm Right" then the tempo went up for "Seven Nights To Rock" then we were all off to "Where The Corn Don't Grow" after which we were asked "Where You Gonna Go". HAYDEN kept things on the right track with the John Prine number "Same Thing Happen To Me" and onto "If Your Going Through Hell" and then went on with the Mo Bandy number "Bandy The Rodeo Clown" on with "I've Been Better" a Brad Paisley number and closed the spot with Alan Jacksons number "Remember When" a brilliant start to the show.
After a sort break back came FRED to bring back HAYDEN for his second spot "It Must Be Love" and the Josh Turner number "Lay Low" got things underway then it was off for a break on a "Little Yellow Blanket" before getting "Messed Up In Memphis" then along came the James House number "Anything For Love" then it was "I See Me" we all then saw the "Disappearing Tail Lights". HAYDEN moved things along with Dwight Yokham's number "Guitars, Cadilacs" then we all saw the "Sunset In Nashville" which brought to a close this spot.
During the next break it was time for the RAFFLE DRAW more about that later then back came compare FRED to bring on stage for the final time this evening HAYDEN and first up was "New Shade Of Blue" then off we went to find some "Places" up next was "Heaven In My Woman's Eyes" and then it was "Here Comes My Baby" and she brought along that "High Class Lady" who told us all "That's How I Got To Memphis". It was the Lonestar number "Terqulia Talking". HAYDEN then put three numbers together "From A Jack To A King" and "Take These Chains" and closed with "Singing The Blues" then all in the hall felt "The Brezee" then HAYDEN said "You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore" and closed with "I Love The Honky Tonk Life" but it was quite clear that FRED would have to ask for one for the road and the number that did bring the curtain down to end the show was "This Is Me Missing You". Four numbers really stood out for me tonight and they were "In My Next Life" a Merle Haggard number then there was the Don Williams song from about three years back "First Fool In Line" which is very popular at the moment, then there was a Self Penned number written for his wife of two weeks JULES and the title had to be "My Wife" along with a number I had asked HAYDEN to do that I hadn't heard for many a year this being "Highway Twenty Ride" through these two numbers no dancers on the floor all just sitting and watching HAYDEN sing these two numbers in brilliant style. To all who turned up tonight they were treated to a brilliant night of LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC at the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C.
As I said at the start of the report it was a first for me tonight, I think I did go to the Club a very long time ago, and I was made very welcome by MARIA and VAL on entering the hall, during the breaks DAVE plays music to keep the Dancers on the floor and our Compare was FRED the RAFFLE DRAW was drawn by MARIA,TONY and FRED, having won TWO Door Tickets at the Colorado C.M.C. in four weeks I again won the Door Ticket tonight.
The Club is a BYO club Drinks and Nibbles, for members it is £6 to get in and non members £7 there is a RAFFLE and also the Door Prize Ticket. The Club runs on the FIRST SATURDAY of the Month so next month on the 2-7-2016 up from the South Wales valley's is the "WELSH WIZARD" CHRIS JAMES one not to miss as he is a brilliant Solo Artist, this Club will be held in the old hall. There is plenty of Parking around the hall and you will be made very welcome by MARIA, TONY,DAVE, VAL and FRED, there is also a Large Dance Floor, well worth keeping time free to visit the Club where over the next few months as well as CHRIS JAMES also THE STORMS and RANCHER, for more information ring 01892 663718 or 07796 645530.
Crowborough Report - July 2016
Up through Ashdown Forest heading for the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C. for an evening with the "WELSH WIZARD" who when I arrived was sitting in the better half's car having a cuppa, when we could get into the hall helped them get the gear on stage and he did the Sound Check and was ready to go, now it was down to Compare FRED to introduce to all in the hall CHRIS JAMES and we all met up with "Billy B Bad" who was standing "Where The Corn Don't Grow" along with the "First Fool In Line" and he was saying "If Love Was A River" we could all met up with the "High Class Lady" because it was good "Just To See You Smile" as "Loving You Makes Me A Better Man" because we are "Living On Love" which is a bit of "The Breeze" as we are "Tougher Than The Rest" which was the final number of the first spot.
During the break DAVE plays music to keep the dancers on the floor, and then back comes FRED to bring back CHRIS and away he went with "Here Comes My Baby" along with "Anything For Love" on with "Loving All Night" which got the show on the right track, moving on with "Heaven In My Woman's Eyes" after which CHRIS said "Same Thing Happened To Me" and he moved onto "Losing Side Of Me" then we all went off to "Places" where we met up with some "Old Soldiers" who were "Tempted" because they said "I Love The Honky Tonk Life" and the spot came to a close as CHRIS sang and played a brilliant version of "Everywhere" another very good mix of numbers throughout.
The next break see's the "CROWBOROUGH GANG" do the RAFFLE DRAW with FRED getting the colour of the tickets mixed up but in the end he got there then it was the DOOR TICKET PRIZE and finally onto the MEMBERS DRAW all this done FRED handed back to DAVE for some more music.
When you are enjoying yourself all to soon it is time for compare FRED to bring back for the final time this evening CHRIS who started with "Another Song I Had To Write" then he was seen "Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open" while trying to watch the "Disappearing Tail Light's" and then slowed things down for a great version of "Just Another Sunrise" CHRIS then pushed the tempo right up for "Country Down To My Soul" then he was heard to say "I Wanna Dance With You" then along came "Talk Is Cheap" next up was "Memories Are Made Of This" with all in the hall joining in throughout this number.
Time was fast running out but Chris still had a few more numbers up his sleeve as we all heard "This Is Me Missing You" then off we all went to meet up with the "King Of The Road" was standing under the "Neon Moon" and was heard to say "You Can't Read My Mind" and Chris closed the show with another up tempo number "Seven Nights To Rock" you could tell by the shouts for more that rang round the hall that FRED would have to ask for one for the road but before that he asked all in the hall to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY for CHRIS as it is his Birthday next week, and all in the hall did this, FRED then did ask for one more, but before this someone had a Birthday tomorrow Sunday this was TINA and CHRIS said he would sing it in "WELSH" which he did and it was great to hear. Again I was made welcome by the "CROWBOROUGH GANG" tonight the show was held in the old hall which is smaller but set up and decked out with Flags and tables ready for all as they entered, still a very good crowd in tonight who enjoyed a brilliant evening of LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC put on by CHRIS at the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C. even if he said there were a few bum notes played tonight. I had to wait until the one for the road for the number that stood out tonight and this was "Don't Close Your Eyes" just great. Next month it is RICK and ASHLEY the STORMS which is in the new hall well worth a visit.
Crowborough Report - September 2016
Up over Ashdown Forest on my way to the CROWBOROUGH C.M.C. where I was made very welcome by the "CROWBOROUGH GANG" and the hall was decked out with Flags and the tables ready for all who entered. On a very wet evening it was good to see the hall filling up from the time the doors opened. Our artists for tonight were set up and ready to go, so it was down to compare FRED to bring on stage for the first time tonight STEVE and JOHN who of course are RANCHER and off they went with "This Is Me Missing You" then "Baby I'm Right" along with "What Was I Thinking" after a start like that we were all doing a bit of "Lay Low" on that "Little Yellow Blanket". RANCHER then kept things on the right track with "Love Me For A While" along with "Heaven In My Woman's Eyes" next up we were "Driving With The Brakes On" up went the tempo for "Seven Nights To Rock" after which we met up with the "King Of The Road" and the number that closed the spot was "Strim It Down".
After a short break back came FRED to introduce to all in the hall STEVE and JOHN who took us all on a "Little Love Trip" the Gerry Kilgore number after which we were "Loving All Night" then we found a bit of "Easy Money" which seemed to be "Everywhere". We were then told "Talk Is Cheap" and we were "Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open" because "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down". RANCHER then moved onto a Sam Outlaw number which was "Angeleno" who brought along the "First Fool In Line" next up was "New Shade Of Blue" and it was the Vince Gill number "Me And My Girl" that closed the spot.
During the break it was time for the "RAFFLE DRAW" with this done and dusted a short break followed then for the final time tonight compare FRED brought back STEVE and JOHN who were found under the "Big Blue Tree" and that is where "The Corn Don't Grow" we all then heard "Who Do You Think You Are" along with "Buy Me A Mercury" and "You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore". RANCHER then moved onto "Memories Are Made Of This" and then way back in time for "Who Put The Bomp" along with "The Moment You Walked Out The Door" then Steve said it was time for the last number of the show which was the most requested number they get and went onto sing and play "Gipsy Queen", it was clear that FRED would have to ask for one for the road and STEVE and JOHN brought along the "High Class Lady".
Once again a great night of LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC put on by RANCHER who when they are on stage always put on a very, very good show and are both superb on the instruments they play, and with a upright Double Bass on stage you always get a fair bit of Rock a Billy numbers with both STEVE and JOHN really enjoy doing, great to see. My thanks to MARIA,TONY, VAL, DAVE and FRED for again making me welcome and for all the hard work put in before anyone come into the hall, keep up the good work. They have already got a LIST out for 2017 which has some very good acts on, and no doubt will be on this Website at some time later.