For years to come the question will be asked ‘were you there?’ but only a lucky few will be able to answer ‘yes, I was there’. And they’ll be talking about the inaugural Bridgehouse Acoustic Night of course! What an evening that was. What a night. What talent!
Pete got things off to a great start with a mix of own material and classic blues numbers including the unforgettable BB King’s ‘The Thrill Has Gone’. After a short break Paul took over and wooed the audience with an eclectic mix of modern, blues and folk ranging from Tom Waits to Harry Nilsson, eventually bringing the house down with his (now classic) ‘Red Telephone Box Blues’. All too soon the formal part of the evening was brought to a close with Pete joining Paul in a foot stomping, crowd singing, candle waving medley of classics including Proud Mary, Johnny B. Goode and Come Together.
But the night was still young and the floor was open and who’d have thought that Bridgehouse had so much talent?! Unbelievable! With Paul acting as compere, Lachlan set the ball rolling with an excellent 500 miles (NOT the Proclaimers), then there was Jackie, Perfect – what a voice, and Mathew’s instrumental version of Blackbird – what a guitarist, what a talent at such a young age! And then his dad Andy – brilliant! No stopping things now, up stepped Alan with Sloop John B and much audience participation. But it didn’t stop there Jocelyn quickly took to the mic and floored us all with her powerful rendition of Adele’s Hometown.
If anyone’s been missed, apologies, things were starting to get a bit hazy by then. Thanks so much to Pete and Paul and to all who attended and took part, not to mention those kind souls who regularly offer up prizes for the raffle only to spend a fortune trying to win them back! All profits go towards the upkeep of the hall.
But the question on everyone’s lips for the moment is 'when are we doing this again?' The answer – watch this space.