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Report from Mal & Jan regarding the 2017 Country & Western Festival

Wednesday 27th September started our Country & Western week, with a new artist to The Seagull Kezia Gill and what a way to start the event. Kezia immediately enthralled the audience with her clear voice and pleasant approach to Country. Her 3 sets were very well received, and we will certainly welcome her back again.

The official start to the festival, saw a full house for the ever-popular Adam Carter as Elvis on Thursday evening. His performance with several costume changes to suit the music, covering the changing times in Elvis's life. His voice and appearance has earned him several awards in the industry.

Also appearing was Annalee West, a rising star in the Country Industry with a superb voice and excellent stage presentation. Annalee stayed on for the Friday afternoon performance, and kept the Line dancers on their feet for her show.

Also appearing was John Doherty, whose smooth performance and excellent voice was enjoyed by all.

Friday evening we welcomed Ray Peters and the Smokey Turtles Band, this was the first time we had seen the new line up and very enjoyable it was too. Ray's excellent country voice and choice of material suited everyone in the packed house, and it was pleasing to see the band enjoying themselves as well. The bass player looked as though she was really enjoying herself and danced whilst she was playing.

The Texas Tornado's trio followed with a superb fast moving set, with Pete setting the pace and delighting the audience. Although I worried a little that he might fall off the stage side rail whilst singing, but no worries and he had all the audience joining in with some singalongs.

Saturday was the evening all the visitors had been waiting for, when Gary Perkins and his band entertained. Gary has a superb voice and sang many self-penned numbers alongside many standards. Gary and the band stayed over to delight the dancers on Sunday lunchtime.

Kay D the CNN female vocalist of the year 2016 also appeared on Saturday night. Her superb voice and performance wowed all her fans and made her many new ones on the evening and next lunch time.

Sunday evening favourites of the Seagull, Henry Smith and his band entertained the audience in his usual inimitable style, and despite problems with his voice on the night, he entertained us all with an excellent performance.

Stonecold Country always perform their sets with style, and dad Ray has an excellent voice whilst his pedal steel playing is superb, matched by son Steve's magical guitar playing.

On Monday we welcomed Ridgeway Country, a five-piece band who provided an excellent performance, which was very tight and their harmonies were excellent.

Slightly different were Longshot, a duo featuring live drums and guitar. A well-rounded performance and excellent for the dancers the following lunchtime.

Tuesday evening, we welcomed Boxcar Kelly and the Railroaders, a six-piece band who had an extremely good performance and had the floor full for all their sets.

Also on that night were Bob Keiley and Nadine Summers, an excellent duo who demonstrated their experience and harmonies to everyone. A sound mixer problem between their equipment and The Seagull's marred their first set, but Bob sorted it out for the rest of their performance.

Wednesday was the highlight of the week for many festival goers when The Indians came to town. The Indians showband from Ireland gave a superb performance, singing a wide variety of well-known Country and 60s songs that everyone could join in with. The Chief is a polished performer with an excellent stage performance and a voice to match. Only four in the band this year.

Dave Sheriff and Carole Gordon opened the evening with a rousing set, which had the audience on their feet from their first song. They went on to perform again on Thursday lunchtime pleasing all the dancers.

Derek Derby could not appear due to illness. His place was filled at the last moment by the Fabulous Trey Jackson who gave a super performance as always. We thank Trey for standing in at short notice.

First appearance by "Badlands" at the Seagull, a fairly new band who appeared on Thursday evening and Friday lunchtime. They gave an entertaining performance of traditional and modern country music to both audiences.

In the evening it was time to welcome back Curtis & Lee. Their performance included some lovely slow ballads and some rousing songs that had everyone involved. Their dance set on Friday was very good.

For the penultimate evening, The Norman Borland Band from Scotland appeared for the first time at The Seagull. Norman has a good Country voice and his band are accomplished musicians. The next lunchtime the dancers enjoyed their music.

Malcolm Allen had to cancel at short notice due to illness. At the last moment Dave Bryan drove down from the Liverpool area to fill in. What can I say, he was superb. Dave has an excellent voice and a pleasant manner, he very quickly got the audience on his side with a stack of great songs. He was also enjoyed by the dancers the next afternoon. We would love to see him again.

Our final night we welcomed the country sound of the Long Gone Daddies, a trio featuring a Double bass. Their special style was thoroughly enjoyed by the full house who were there to welcome them.

Nancy Ann Lee completed the festival line up singing a lively set for all.

A special thank you goes to all the organisers of this year's Trilogy's. They were very well organised and well supported.

And many thanks to Ellis and Ollie for all their back-stage work.

Friday 29th September The Smokey Mountain Boys opened the Festival and played to a full house, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. All artists completed a second show the following lunchtime.

Chris Mezza from the Isle of Wight performed on Saturday 30th and his performance was well received by all.

Space precludes me from telling you all how all the Scotty's artists performed, but suffice to say that Rancher Duo, Donna Wilde, Desert Star, Jonny & Lynette, Tony Crooks, & Souls & Stone were all well received by the Festival goers. They did an excellent job, as did your Compere and DJ's Rachael & Kevin.

Friday 29th. "Pedro" An excellent performance.
Saturday 30th. "Ben Thompson", loved by all.
Sunday 1st. A special performance by "Adam Carter as Elvis" filled the venue to over flowing.
Sunday 1st. Also appearing was "Lance Merlin".
Monday 2nd. "No Regrets" appearing as a duo, excellent.
Tuesday 3rd. An excellent singer "Mike Kelly"
Wednesday 4th. " Kentucky Rain"
Thursday 5th. Non appearance of Hayden Allen replaced by "Black Steel"
Friday 6th. "Two Dollar Bill" very good.
Saturday 7th. "Trey Jackson" A fitting finale performance.

Saturday 30th. Ronnie Del Rio. Annalee West.

Very entertaining performances from both of these acts in our new Marquee venue on Northam Farm.

Dates for 2018, Thursday 27th September – Sunday 7th October


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