Tony poses for the camera!
Rita, Silvie and I went on a line dancing weekend run by Plain Loco at Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth, in the year 2001. To say that the accommodation was basic is an understatement, it being synonymous with Butlins after its heyday!!
Despite being tacky, however, there was a definite atmosphere in the place, along with the fact that it was in a near perfect setting, enabling us to take some lovely cliff walks (we were nearly 20 years younger then).
Tony Crooks was the quiet one in Plain Loco, but after a long and successful partnership, they decided to call it a day at the end of 2013. Tony embarked on a solo career in the January, and whilst Steve comes out of retirement now and then to play with Tony as Plain Loco, Tony maintains a full time career on his own.
Tony began playing the guitar at the age of 9, and by 12, had decided that to become rich and famous, he would need to progress to an electric one. In the late 70’s, he was in a band which played middle of the road music, and in 1986 he moved to London where he joined a successful Rock band called The Kick, with whom he played for 8 years.
Tony subsequently became really keen on Country music, and started writing songs for the Nashville market. The rest (as they say) is history, and the Country scene has really gained by his change of genre.
I was really pleased to hear that Tony lays down his own backing tracks. He is such a proficient musician, and it’s so good when you don’t hear the exact same backing each time. However, it takes about 3 days to do a track, and he has to juggle touring, with being at home, and driving to North Wales to visit his elderly mother.
I never cease to be impressed with the display of prizes in the raffle, and yet again Kevin came up trumps with his pot plants.
Had to take a photos of the rolls as well, as they look so appetising.
The Committee are always on the look out for new bands suitable for our venue. If anyone knows of a band they feel would fit the bill, please let one of the team know, and we will endeavour to go and hear them, with a view to booking them.
You will find a copy of “Floor Etiquette” on your table, if you are not sure of how it works when there are partner and line dancers on the floor together.
We are very keen that those who attend fill in request sheets, so that we know we are going in the right direction – hopefully you saw the list of dances on your table as a reminder. If Alan doesn’t have the music on the night, he will make sure he has it by the next Social, and if there is something you later think of, please don’t be afraid to let us know – there are contact details on the “Contact location and links” page.
CROSS COUNTRY MAGAZINE – for sale at our Socials