THE TEXAS TORNADOS
Well what a night. Tornado in name and Tornado in nature!! The Texas Tornados really know how to get an audience into the party spirit. Not only is Pete Stothard a brilliant front man, oozing confidence, but a great line dancer, and he amazed us by coming down and dancing amongst us, whilst singing flawlessly at the same time.
Stuart Payne lets Pete get on with performing, whilst he holds it all together in the background. When Roger McKeu, their original lead guitarist, left the band, Stuart convinced Pete that he could take on the mantle, and he has done that superbly. Not only does he play lead guitar and keyboard, but he puts down all their backing tracks, which gives the band individuality.
Pete does not have a play list, but absorbs the atmosphere of the audience, and chooses songs accordingly. He and Stuart have a secret code, so the former knows what to find on his digital wheel, so he is ready to go when Pete has finished charming the dancers.
Karl supporters were thrilled to see him don his Elvis persona and join Pete on stage singing 3 songs. That boy can certainly perform! You will also “find him in the kitchen at parties” with Jo of course – now who’s doing the washing up?!
The Tornados work full time as a band, and already have 180 gigs booked for next year. Pete lives in Lincoln, while Stuart lives in Norfolk, but such is their professionalism that they don’t need to practice. They both know all the songs, and it all works like a well-oiled machine. The night before they came to us, they were in Exeter, and the next night they were off to Gravesend. Let’s hope they can fit us into their busy schedule before very long, and as they really love coming to our club, I’m sure they will try.
Pete has just put out an original song called “Christmas Can’t be Far Away”, which he sang for us. This was released on 30th November, so those of you who liked it, can buy it.
AND A COUNTY LINE CHRISTMAS PARTY WOULD NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A PRESENT FROM SANTA!!
The Christmas raffle was even more amazing this year. I don’t know how they do it!! Thanks again for all those who bring us such wonderful raffle prizes. There was a mystery prize in the form of an opportunity to “Name Your Own Star”, and also the person who took the 2 glasses, had the pleasant surprise of a bottle of bubbly to go with them.
The Committee are 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 the January Social