April and May Reports

How lucky were we to get Peter and Sam Shaw in April

Following the last minute cancellation by Richard Palmer, we were very fortunate to get Peter Shaw and his trusty sidekick Sam, who just has happens to be his 15 year old son.

They came all the way from Blackpool just to do our Easter gig, and travelled back the same night, which is quite a feat in itself.  Peter must have been really pleased with the company on the way home, though I would imagine the adrenaline kept them going. This was Sam’s first real gig with his dad, who was just so proud of him, and rightly so! He introduced harmony into the act, as well as playing the guitar, and I gather that once Sam has finished studying, they will be off performing professionally as a duo.


People were amazing at bringing the feel of Easter and Spring to the Social, and the County Line team worked really hard at making the venue reflect the yellow theme. Rita put yellow cloths on the table along with egg table lights, and each guest received a chocolate bunny.

We had a full house dancing to a very varied playlist. and since their visit, there have been many many favourable comments about them. We only hope that they enjoyed their visit to us as much as we enjoyed having them, and hopefully they will come back and play for us again, maybe next time as an official duo.



As usual the Raffle was amazing, and naturally on a yellow or Easter theme.



Report on May’s Social

I’m sure you will recall Paul’s last visit to us, if I simply mention the word “finger”. As he was setting up, he cut his finger badly, and appeared for his first set holding aloft a huge white bandaged digit. What a good job he has well layed down backing tracks and a very good voice

Paul managed to avoid any sharp objects this time, and gave us a really good evening, playing a variety of old and new songs. He performed a song called “She’s got Champagne Taste, I’ve got Lemonade Money”, along with other numbers which you can obtain for free if you email: tallish@hotmail.co.uk

Paul is not a full time performer, he is actually an Insurance Manager in St Helen’s. He used to be in a duo with Nigel Slater and they were known as Blue Rodeo. He also used to sing with Steve Hanks, under the name of “The Goutlaws” (because they both had gout!)



Yet again Doreen and Paul excelled themselves. As with the rolls, we don’t aim to make a profit with the raffle, but we believe that you all enjoy trying to win the wonderful and quirky prizes which appear monthly. Any profits we don make will go to charity.

Yet again we are raffling a Summer Hamper for 50p a ticket, and the winners will be asked which Charity they would like the money to go to.



BAND HUNT                                                                                                                     

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


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