Happy Birthday Mr Dunton

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Can you think of anything better than running regular musical showcases – and once a year arranging the bands so you can have your favourites play for your birthday? So it was that last night’s line-up at the Grey Lady ‘Paul Dunton and guests’ was truly awesome. Opening with seven members of The Paul Dunton Ensemble, this was a mellow warm up for the other three acts – and was the first of two stage appearances for vocalist Charlotte Andrew, and one of three turns on stage for guitarist Andrew Vickery – I would suggest three different tshirts should that happen again Andy, just to add variety to the photos….

Next on were Marc and Charlotte Brereton (top photo, left and centre) joined by Andrew Vickery (on the right) for an incredibly passionate performance. It has been a while now thought that ‘their debut full length album is due for release in the coming months’… some time those months will pass and the day will come… Although I do feel it’s going to miss something not actually seeing Charlotte sing her heart out…

Back to the other Charlotte – Charlotte ‘angelic’ Andrew has made a quick change and blue-hair-dip-dye, to become Charley Blue, Blue being her electric violin. Joined on stage by… Andrew Vickery on guitar and Poppy Alice on additional vocals, this is the first time I’d seen Charley Blue live, although I’d watched some YouTube videos after the Paul Dunton recommendation. It is a rap, jazz, country girl, classical violinist mix, no other way to describe it, and with added comical interludes, I hope Miss Andrew was up for school OK today. Like the Breretons, you get the feeling that Charley and Blue put everything into their act; the reason there is no photo – Charley moved so fast, not one photo was in focus!

Lastly, The Creatures of Habit (bottom photo). Brilliant last summer at their debut, still brilliant… but even more brilliant now. Plans for Local and Live 2014 were announced last night – two days in Calverley Grounds, and evenings in The Forum. I would love to see the whole of Calverley Grounds full and everyone dancing to The Creatures of Habit. Complete feel good music, the band look like they are enjoying performing, the audience love them, we pleaded for ‘one more song’. There are many things music can be – deep, meaningful, political, heart-rendering, soulful… but nothing can beat a bit of passion, fun and foot-tapping.

Plus… local… and live… (watch THIS space).

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