November 9. The Jeff Gallant Band made their first appearance here tonight and it was also the first time I’d seen them. Lead vocalist Jeff was still recovering from flu but that didn’t detract from his performance and he was well supported by Clive Grant (Bass guitar/vocals), Matty Baker (Drums/vocals) and Mark Dunn (pedal steel/lead guitar/vocals) - all talented musicians. A varied first set went very quickly with a highlight for me being Mark’s steel guitar solo - Steel Guitar Rag.
Later, I was equally impressed by some of Mark’s brilliant guitar playing. Clive featured with several lead vocals and what made the entire band stand out for me was the overall very full sound which filled the hall, as well as individual contributions.
They were also flexible enough to play several requests. Although they performed mainly traditional/older songs there was plenty for the dancers and it was good to see a full circle of partner dancers for the still often played Waltz Across Texas.
Overall it seemed that the band had enjoyed playing for us as much as we had enjoyed listening to them. Among the numerous complimentary remarks at the end of the evening several said it was the best band they had seen.