Fred Lynch began sharing his passion for country music when, in 1973, together with his wife Bernadette (better known as Berney), he started the first country music club in Nottingham at the Greyfrairs Catholic Club.The country club ran on a fortnightly basis; there was always a full house and several loyal supporters have been with Fred for over 30 years. In the early days, there were many good bands and solo/duo acts had to be really top quality to survive.In the 1980s Fred and Berney took over the club at the Hucknall and Linby Miners Welfare, but when the pit closures began, Hucknall and Linby became a casualty and the Welfare closed, Fortunately the concert secretary at Gedling Miners Welfare asked Fred and Berney if they would run a country music club there - they agreed and without a break continued running a club. Among the acts there were Ray Lynam and The Hillbillies, Brendan Quinn and The Bluebirds, Philomena Begley and Shotgun, and perhaps more well-known to todays fans, The Raymond Froggatt Band and The Sarah Jory Band - an impressive list for an “ordinary” country music club.The club ran weekly on Sundays, as it does now, and in those days there was the occasional “mid-week special”, one of which was the first outside broadcast of BBC Radio 2s “Country Club” presented by the late Wally Whyton. In early 1982, a certain Charlie Landsborough rang Fred and asked for a booking; Fred agreed if Charlie could bring a backing band, which he did (The Jim Donaldson Band) and they appeared at the club on May 24th - for which Charlie was paid the princely sum of £432 - the door takings !The name of the club was changed to Fred's Place, mostly due to people asking “Who's on at Fred's place?”- proof of Fred and Berney's success and reputation on the country music circuit.Country music has obviously changed a lot over the last few years and unfortunately support for the club, which still runs weekly on Sunday nights, has reduced - possibly due to the increased number of country music festivals held not too far away, and some country music fans not realising that cost of hiring such bands has increased, and not being willing to pay the going rate for their entertainment. However, regular “customers” continue to enjoy their Sunday night fix of country music, watching and listening to varied, but always entertaining, bands. After all approximately £4 per person (the average cost of entry) is not much these days is it ?So, if you enjoy country music, or live music in general and have perhaps just the slightest interest or curiosity about country music in particular, come along to Fred's Place and enjoy a good night out!
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KALIBRE - 14 DEC '14Another perfect evening with Kalibre. A firm favourite with Fred's audience.NEXT WEEK - CHRISTMAS SHOW - GARY PERKINS with theDANIEL MARTIN BAND and othersSooDESERT WIND 7 DEC '14Another great night with another great band. Andy, Pete and Jim all play acoustic guitars; Andy also plays mandolin and harmonica - we were also treated to Pete's solo instrumentals.They blend perfectly together when harmonising and are an all-round talented band.Unfortunately Les Payne has retired but they have a new drummer - Terry McCuster.Their first song was "Baton Rouge"; we also heard "Armstrong" and "The Partner That Nobody Chose".All in all a lovely evening.NEXT WEEK - KALIBRESooAMERICAN ROUTES - 30th Nov '14American Routes put on an excellent show - their great individual voices harmonising really well.They played a mix of good country and line dance musicSome tracks we heard were "Walking Away", "Hole In The Wall", and "Never Get Over Those Blue Eyes".NEXT WEEK - DESERT WIND"Soo"LOUISVILLE - 23 NOV '14Twice in three weeks we get the pleasure of seeing Shane O'Bourne, this time with Tony Ariss on keyboard who is also a very talented musician and sings too.The audience felt part of the act with Shane's rapport with us that is second to none. His humour is brilliant also.When we leave Fred's with a smile on our faces we know we've had a good night.NEXT WEEK - AMERICAN ROUTESSooSOUTHERN UNION - 16th NOV '14Chris Harris has been to Fred's over the years with different bands. This time with Tony Crooks, formerly half of Plain Loco who have now finished.I liked these two together tonight - they both sang and played guitar. Their first set was mainly for the line dancers. Later they sang songs such as "A Fresh Coat Of Paint" and Vince Gill's "Trying To Get Over You".A nice night.NEXT WEEK - LOUISVILLESooHAYDEN ALLEN TRIO - 9 NOV '14Wow! At the end of their first spot the general consensus of Fred's audience was how much we were enjoying this very talented trio. How could we not ?! Derek Thurlby on pedal steel, Sean, who has got to be the best guitar player on the country circuit - and self-taught - can you believe it? I can't. He is mesmerising (and back in two weeks with his duo Louisville), and Hayden, "the voice", best of the rest.They were superb. I loved their choice of material as Toby Keith and Merle Haggard are my top two artistes.We could not have had a better night.NEXT WEEK - SOUTHERN UNIONSooRENEGADE 2 NOV '14I really enjoy the material Renegade play - very up to date and rocky - it's nice to hear all kinds of country music.Unfortunately I felt that Dale and Mark had more rapport with each other than the audience and that spoilt it for me. Shame.Some tracks they played were "Copperhead Road", "5 o'clock Somewhere" and "Welcome To The Future".NEXT WEEK - HAYDN ALLEN TRIOSooGARY PERKINS AND THE BREEZE - 26 OCT '14What an absolutely wonderful evening. This band doesn't come to Fred's often enough for me, but maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder.From their first song to their last the whole evening was perfection. Gary is a great song writer with a great voice which can be heard clearly in every corner of the room. Steve and Andy have been with Gary for ever; Steve lights up the stage with his smile and Andy was on top form with his joking, not forgetting Rosie on the drums and Adrian Furlong standing in for Johnny, who is ill at the moment, on bass guitar.Gary is back for our Christmas show with the Daniel Martin band (ticket only).NEXT WEEK - RENEGADESooLASS VEGAS - 19 OCT '14An enjoyable night with Maria and Rob. What a lovely voice Maria has and together with Rob we heard some nice ballads and some oldies.Personally I enjoy listening to the Hank Williams songs but I also liked "Ball and Chain" from the "Nashville" tv programme.A good mix of country is a good night.NEXT WEEK - GARY PERKINS AND THE BREEZETWIN FALLS - 12 OCT '14Those of us fortunate enough to be at Fred's this week saw Twin Falls at their very best.These two talented friendly entertainers gave us an evening of a good selection of songs; something for everyone.Both being equally talented, they are a good support for each other and we had a lovely night.They have a CD out entitled "Worth The Wait" - six of the tracks are self-penned and the ones they sang sounded worth buying the CD for.We will see them again I'm sure.NEXT WEEK - LASS VEGASMcKENZIE - OCT 5th '14We were expecting to see the Next Of Kin band but they cried off at the last minute, so McKenzie hot-footed to Fred's from the Brean festival to entertain us for the evening.Their first song was "Bobby McGee" followed by "Talk Is Cheap" and "It's Been A Good Year For The Roses".NEXT WEEK - TWIN FALLSKALIBRE - 28th SEPT '14We had the usual lovely evening with the two Bobbies. They looked smart in pink/purple and black waistcoats.We were treated to their good choice of country music and a lot of new material. They have a new CD out and sang a few tracks from it.We also heard "Farmers Daughter" and a lovely ballad "When I Found You".NEXT WEEK - NEXT OF KIN BANDRAY PETERS TRIO - 21st SEPT '14We enjoyed a good mix of country music this week and a good voice to listen to.Accompanying Ray was Shawn Murray on guitar, mandolin and backing vocals. His pedal steel player, Dave Haywood, was away so Derek Thurlby stood in for him. They started with James House's "This Is Me Missing You", followed by Rodney Crowell's "Walk The Line" and Ray's self-penned number "You Don't Love Me Any More". It was nice to hear an oldie - Travis Tritt's "Here's A Quarter".An enjoyable night.NEXT WEEK - KALIBRELITTLE ROCK - 14 SEPT '14I always look forward to Steve Place coming to Fred's as I love to watch him playing his guitar - as I have mentioned before, one of the best.Chris from American Routes is now with him - for the record he is still playing with American Routes and will be back here with them later in the year. I enjoyed Steve and Chris together and thought they were quite comical.The future looks good for this pair. I enjoyed "Trouble" by Big HouseNEXT WEEK - RAY PETERS BANDFOOLS GOLD - 7th SEPT '14The return of one of my favourite duos - Debbie and Paul always keep me entertained with their choice of material from very recent line dance songs to lovely ballads. I loved "Places" that Debbie sang and their duet "You Ain't Dolly".An enjoyable evening.NEXT WEEK - LITTLE ROCKARIZONA STORM - 31st AUG '14I was really pleased to see the return of this 5-piece band. It seems a while since we saw them. I thought it was a thoroughly entertaining evening. As well as Thorne's wonderful voice and a good band backing him, there's "Marty Boy", as he is known to the band, on guitar. I find his antics on stage mesmerising, and his presence on stage makes the band more watchable and different from most.They return in November - can't wait!NEXT WEEK - FOOLS GOLDSMOKING GUNNS 24 AUG '14I enjoyed this new trio to Fred's and thought they al looked smart in black and wearing stetsons. Colin Gunn and Steve James have been together for two years and Jamie Woods joined them eight days ago. Colin Gunn is lead singer and I like his voice; Steve James we've seen before in Arizona Flame. He plays lead guitar, banjo, and also vocals. Jamie Woods is on guitar and vocals.We heard a good mix of songs, old and newer. Some were "Two Horses", "Remember When" and Brad Paisley's "We Danced".These lads come from Scotland and although a long way, it would be nice if we could see them again.NEXT WEEK - ARIZONA STORMLASS VEGAS - 17 AUG '14A return visit from Marie and Rob. They did mainly line dance in the first spot, then mixed it up a bit.We all know that Marie has a lovely voice and Rob can sing too. I enjoyed their ballads best. Rob sang "So You Don't Have To Love Me" by Alan Jackson and Hal Ketchum's "Stay For Ever" amongst others, and I loved Marie singing "Unlove Me". We also heard "Silver Lining", "One Shot" and "Nobody Wins".In memory of Al, Rob sang "Shoebox".NEXT WEEK - SMOKING GUNSFAMILY BAND 10 AUG '14This week there was a good crowd to see this new band promised by Mark and Dale (Renegade). In fact this was the first time the band had played in front of a large audience.With Dale and Mark were Cathy (Dale's wife) on keyboard and mandolin, Becca on fiddle and Dave on guitar.A bit flaky at first, they gained confidence as the evening wore on. It must take time for a band to gel together but we all saw the potential of a good band. Some songs I enjoyed were "Alcohol And Pills", "Welcome To The Future", and "Wrecking Ball".The audience gave them a standing ovation and I'm sure Fred will have them back.NEXT WEEK - LASS VEGASDESERT WIND BAND - 3 AUG '14There were a few people missing from the room this week with holidays and illness.Even the band's drummer was absent as he was not well but Andy Jim and Pete gave it their all.They are brilliant musicians and their harmonies are second to none.They sang "Teach Me About Love" and "T For Texas" amongst others.NEXT WEEK - FAMILY BANDJAMES HOUSE - and TWIN FALLS 27JULY '14We are lucky at Fred's. Another enjoyable evening with Twin Falls and James House (USA).As Twin Falls were booked for this week they came on first and gave us an hour of a selection of their music from "Highway 40 Blues", their self-penned "Forbidden Love" and finishing with "Freight Train Boogie".I enjoyed their spot - I always do.After the break they stayed on and watched James House, who had Luke from Luke and Mel duo on guitar. James has a unique voice and sang for a hour and a half - all written by him. Some tracks I've had for years and didn't know he had written them. "Broken Wing" for example.He finished with "This Is Me Missing You" to the delight of the dancers who hadn't sat down all night.Like the previous week we queued for his new CD "Broken Twisted Steel" and a photo with him.I spotted Gary Perkins as well - the second week he had come to see our American visitors.It's been a great summer at Fred's and I'm sure it's not over yet!NEXT WEEK - DESERT WIND BANDTHE JERRY KILGORE SHOW 20 JULY '14I cannot believe there was anyone in the audience this week at Fred's who did not enjoy the Jerry Kilgore show, backed by Nicky James and State Of The Heart.It was well worth the wait - the band played for 45 minutes giving us classic medleys and Irish songs. Jon J Paul sang one - "Think I Will Just Stay Here And Drink".After the break Jerry came on and gave us a hour and a half of lovely songs from his new CD and future CD. He also sang some of his older numbers "I Want My Baby Back", "What's It Take To Get A Drink Round Here?" and "Ain't Got One Honky Tonk".He has a lovely voice and comes across as a nice guy. Before we left he was in the foyer signing CDs and being photographed.I hope Fred can get him back.NEXT WEEK - also from the USA - JAMES HOUSEJONNY WILLIAMS and LYNETTE MARIE - 13 JULY '14There was a good sized audience at Fred's this week to see this duo. We always have a relaxing laid-back evening with them.Although I missed them, Iris said 2 songs they sang were "Together Again" and "Move On Over" and when Lynette sang "What Colour Is The Wind?" it was an excellent performance.Now a married couple, they gel well on stage and complement each other.A feel-good country night.NEXT WEEK - JERRY KILGORE from the USA - for the first of only 4 performances in Britain. (Few tickets left ) TEXAS TORNADOS 6th JULY '14It seems a while since we had this talented trio at Fred's - more's the pity.Pete was on top form this week. Not only does he have a good voice but a great personality - he kept us entertained all night. First spot was line dance songs and the floor was full.Second spot - where does he get the energy?! He sang a strange Irish song and moved to the music so fast I thought he would pull a muscle! Not long after he was dancing as well as singing on the dance floor to a fast number, "Mr Policeman", not forgetting the barn dance he did as well.Third spot Pete sang some ballads, backed by two of the best instrumentalists. All round a great night.NEXT WEEK - JONNY WILLIAMS and LYNETTE MARIEBITTER SWEET 29th JUNE '14I did not get to see Bitter Sweet this week but I have had help from Pat, who informed me that Ainsley has changed his duo for the third time and now has his older brother Andy on keyboard and backing vocals, and they are now called Double Trouble.It was an entertaining evening with interaction between Ainsley and the audience.They sang a good selection of material from "Shoebox" and "Corn Don't Grow" to John Denver's "Country Roads" and "I Loved Her First".I look forward to seeing them next time.NEXT WEEK - TEXAS TORNADOSSOUTHERN UNION 22nd JUNE '14Southern Union used to come to Fred's years ago. Chris Harris then became the Chris Harris Duo with Jimmy Martin on pedal steel for a few years, so I was hoping that they had reunited as a band but it was Chris Harris and Pedro on guitar and vocals.As they are both usually solo artistes now, they did share the singing - mainly line-dance songs keeping the dancers on the floor all night.NEXT WEEK - BITTER SWEET DUORAY PETERS TRIO - 15 JUNE '14A return visit after some time for this trio. They came minus their fiddle player who has left, but have Dave Haywood on pedal steel instead. Sean on guitar and mandolin gave us a good acoustic rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads".Some other songs we heard were The Mavericks' "Don't Come Crying To Me" and Ray Peters' "The Goodbye Song" - a typical end of festival number.NEXT WEEK - SOUTHERN UNIONHAYDEN ALLEN TRIO 8 JUNE '14Wow! My very first wow for a trio, but this 3-piece has rapidly become one of the best bands that comes to Fred's and a great favourite with the audience. When a good singer sounds even better as Hayden did, and is accompanied by a brilliant guitarist as Shane is and not forgetting Derek on pedal steel, it's a recipe for a wonderful evening.Their first song was a James House song "This Is Me Missing You", song number 3 was Jerry Kilgore's "I Want My Baby Back" - 2 American artistes coming to Fred's this July.Amongst some Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Toby Keith songs Hayden sang a Mavericks' track from their new album called "Born To Be Blue". I thought Hayden sounded like Raul - a compliment in my book. Brilliant.NEXT WEEK - RAY PETERS BANDSIDEWINDER 1 JUNE '14It's always good to see new bands and at Fred's we are fortunate to do just that.This 7-piece band from Holland was a band I was looking forward to seeing.Wilma and Eddy Lonergan are the vocalists, singing together and separately. Eddy also plays guitar and they were backed by 3 guitarists, drums and slide guitar. I would describe them as having the steady country beat that I love but I would have liked to have heard some up-beat material. I also found it difficult to hear the words - not because they are from Holland as Eddy is English - it may have been the microphone - I don't know?They were very friendly and it was a pleasant evening. Some different songs too - we heard "Blue Money" first, also "Rodeo Clown" and "Runaway Train".NEXT WEEK - HAYDEN ALLENLONG SHOT TRIO 25 MAY '14It's only the second time Long Shot have come to Fred's in 20 years. I don't know why as they went down well with Fred's audience.It was a different line-up to last time, although drummer and vocalist Glyn Long has been in the band for 20 years. I thought he had a nice voice and kept the dancers on the floor.He was backed by 2 guitarists, one of which, Les Evans, was previously with Glen Rogers as Two Card Trick.A pleasant evening and they are back after Christmas.Some songs they sang were "I Loved Her First", "If Love Was A River" and "Talk About".NEXT WEEK - 7-PIECE BAND FROM HOLLAND - SIDEWINDERJOHN TAYLOR BAND 18 MAY '14Another good night with this five-piece band. I really enjoyed them - I always do. Great musicians and John Taylor's voice - what more do we want?They played a lot of different material to their last visit such as " Fast Moving Train", "Hillbilly Highway" and "Only In America". Great stuff!NEXT WEEK - LONG SHOT TRIONICKY JAMES DUO - 11 MAY '14We went back in time this week with the wonderful voice of Nicky James helped by Pete Steel on guitar.We heard songs and melodies by Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and The Mavericks amongst many. It was the first time I'd heard "God Must Be A Cowboy" - loved it.Nice to hear the information Nicky gave us as well.Lovely songs, lovely evening.NEXT WEEK JOHN TAYLOR BANDRENEGADE 4th May '14The year began with the first appearance of this new duo; of course we have all seen them before over the years, Mark in Spur and Dale in Kalibre. I enjoyed them together as Renegade in January and even more this time. I like their style of music - upbeat with a mix of old country.I am pleased to report that they announced a return to Fred's in August as a four-piece band - The Family. Sounds good as they will have two ladies with them who play the fiddle and mandolin. Looking forward to seeing them.Two of the songs we heard were "It Ain't The Whisky" and "Freight Train".NEXT WEEK - NICKY JAMES DUOFOOLS GOLD 27 APRIL '14It was nice to have Paul and Debbie back after a bit of a break.Poor Debbie was suffering from a bad throat and cold but soldiered on, and I didn't notice that it affected her voice at all.They brought their usual mix of songs - a lot of line dance and some Rodney Crowell and Merle Haggard. I liked Paul's self-penned number "A Different Kind Of Man".A lovely evening with them as usualNEXT WEEK - RENEGADEKINSEY ROSE SHOW - 20APRIL '14Fred's was packed for this special show that we have all been looking forward to.Gary Perkins came on first and delighted us with a selection of self-penned numbers and a mixture of other songs.As I have not seen Gary for a while I was reminded of what a good voice he has and what a great song-writer too.After half a hour he was joined by the Daniel Martin Band who backed both Gary and Kinsey when she came on later.From Nashville but born in Kentucky, Kinsey came across as a very nice young singer with a good voice. She sang songs from Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and many more older style country artistes..An up and coming Nashville star? NEXT WEEK - FOOLS GOLDKALIBRE 13th April '14What can I say that I've not already said about our favourite duo?We love you Kalibre. Hope to see you again soon. Really enjoyed the evening.NEXT WEEK - FROM THE USA - KINSEY ROSE SHOWDESERT WIND - 6th APRIL '14Every so often I am reminded how lucky we are at Fred's Place. We have many top bands here and this week we were privileged to have the return of Desert Wind.They came minus Les (drums) who was ill but the remaining three, Andy, Pete and Jim are such brilliant musicians and great at harmonising we had a wonderful evening.A selection of songs we heard were "Ode To A Dream", "Four Strong Winds" and "Across The Alley From The Alamo".I look forward to their return.NEXT WEEK - KALIBREMUDDY BOOTS 30th MARCH '14The "men in black" returned this week, minus their stetsons in the last spot - it must have been hot on the stage! To be fair, we were too.They had the dance floor full all evening and we heard a few different songs such as "A Little Bit Gypsy", Chris Young's "Shoebox" and an oldie that's been resurrected as a line dance - "Same Thing Happened To Me".NEXT WEEK - DESERT WINDCLEAR CUT - 23rd MARCH '14A pleasant evening with this father and son duo. They played a nice mix of songs - we heard Don Williams, George Jones and a Gary Allan number I liked but hadn't heard before "Bourbon Borderline" (sorry, Karen!).Darren is brilliant on keyboard and also plays guitar, mandolin and accordion. He is a member of The John Taylor Band as well.NEXT WEEK - MUDDY BOOTSLITTLE ROCK 16th MARCH '14There was plenty in to see this duo although there has been a change of personnel; Derek Firth has left and Chris from American Routes has taken his place.The audience loved them and thought they were as good as before the change.An enjoyable night.NEXT WEEK - CLEAR CUTHAYDEN ALLEN TRIO - 9th MARCH '14In my book one of the best things in life is live country music played well - and that's what we had this week. Nothing short of brilliant - three great artistes in their own right.Their first number was "This Is Me Missing You" by James House who will be at Fred's on 27th July, one of three artistes we are having from the USA so far this year!We also heard "Heroes" by Paul Overstreet and some Toby Keith.NEXT WEEK - LITTLE ROCKTONY WALL BAND 2nd MARCH '14Shades of yester-year with the first appearance of this band. They have been together since last June and are Andy Whine, steel; Phil King, keyboard and John Hawthorne, bass guitar. Prior to forming the band Tony has been in Nashville and had a TV programme called "Country Is...". He will soon be doing a programme for Channel 4, possibly recording Tony performing at clubs around England.You could hear a pin drop as we sat and listened to the sultry tone of Tony's lovely voice. A laid-back, easy-listening night with songs from Jim Reeves, Don Williams and others from that era.Tony began with a "Froggy" song - "Somewhere Under The Sun"; we also heard "Amanda" and a Jim Reeves medley.NEXT WEEK - HAYDEN ALLEN BANDLOUISVILLE 23rd FEB '14A really enjoyable evening once again with with these 2 talented musicians.We always hear some different songs from them and Shane has a great rapport with the audience and has become quite a comedian as well. So we had the full package - he even got us to sing along with him!Tony had a smile on his face all night - I'm sure we all enjoyed the evening.A couple of songs we heard were Mark Knopfler's "Water Of Love" and Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire". An all-round great country evening.NEXT WEEK - TONY WALL BANDSMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS - 16th FEB '14This week was our annual visit from The Smokey Mountain Boys.They stick to authentic Country from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s etc making them a different sound to most other bands.There was Guy on double-bass, Steve, pedal steel/slide guitar and banjo, Mark on guitar and vocals and Hank (Dave) vocals and guitar.I enjoyed watching them play and listening to Hank Williams, Marty Robbins and a self-penned number of Dave's - "Cowboy Dreams".NEXT WEEK - LOUISVILLEJONNY WILLIAMS AND LYNETTE MARIE - 9th JAN '14When Jonny and Lynette come to Fred's we are guaranteed an evening of relaxed "older" country sung well.From the first song, "The Running Kind"; they also sang "Love's Going To Live Here Again", "TheKey's In The Maibox"and "Tiger By The Tail", it was a lovely evening.NEXT WEEK - SMOKEY MOUNTAIN BOYSARIZONA STORM 2nd FEB '14A great night at Fred's with this five-piece band. They were here two years ago and I enjoyed them, but I liked them even more this time.There was a good mix of songs from Garth Brooks to Rascal Flatts and some self-penned numbers.Thorne Hill the vocalist has a lovely voice and this band have an added bonus in the bass player who is a character on stage with his moves, and he also accompanies Thorne. I did think the band drowned him out on his few solo numbers but this did not detract from the brilliant evening.Hope they return before another two years have passed. Please Fred ?NEXT WEEK. - JONNY WILLIAMS AND LYNETTE MARIETWIN FALLS - 26th JAN '14Now that's what I call Country !From the first song, "Designated Drinker", to the last this talented duo gave us a great evening as usual. I love the material they bring to Fred's which always includes something new and some good self-penned numbers. Both can sing and we see some wonderful guitar playing.Nice guys too!NEXT WEEK - ARIZONA STORM (BAND)ANN DUGGAN BAND 19th JAN 2014A new band to Fred's, this four-piece comes from Leicester and in it's present line-up have been together for fourteen months.Ann is the vocalist and has a nice voice; the band are Paul on drums, Bob on lead guitar and Rich on bass.Their first number was "Wind Me Up" - we also heard some nice self-penned numbers. Two others were "Standing At The Back Of The Line Again" and "Cold Hearted Lover".NEXT WEEK - TWIN FALLSKALIBRE 12 JAN 2014Another brilliant night with this duo who I love. They are a firm favourite at Fred's; so reliable and relaxing to listen to. Their music is easy to dance to and great to listen to. Can't fault them at all.Some tracks they sang were "Looking For A Place To Fall Apart" and Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried". Bobby Reid gave Phil Everly, who died last week, a mention and Bob Dixon played The Everlys' "So Sad".NEXT WEEK - THE ANN DUGGAN BANDRENEGADE 5th JAN '14Both members of this new duo were easily recognised as Mark from Spur, (recently dissolved), and Dale James, one third of Kalibre many moons ago. Since leaving Kalibre, Dale has been in around six other bands. It was nice to see him again; he doesn't look any different and still wears his trademark black leather trousers!I was a bit unsure of them in the first spot, since I was expecting more of the same, which as the evening wore on, they certainly were not. I grew to enjoy the different songs they sang and liked their rapport on stage. Dale seems to have brought humour to the act and Mark seems to like it.I would love to see them again.NEXT WEEK - KALIBRE
HELLOWe are Trotters, the line dancing club, that has been running alongside the country music club for the last 12 years.Trotters is run by myself Karen and my daughter Nita, Both of us have been line dancing since 1984, when Nita was only 7 years old.Our classes were the brain child of Bernie Lynch, we used to dance at Freds country music club every Sunday night, and when the line dance boom hit the UK, Bernie asked us to consider a class to enable her Sunday night country music listeners to learn to line dance.Both Nita and myself are huge country music fans. And whenever the American stars visit our shores we are there cheering them on. We are also very lucky that every year in June we go to Nashville to the Worlds biggest country music festival the CMA FEST formly knows as the FAN FARE., where we have been lucky enough to see many of the top country music stars in action. Nita in fact is off to LA in just a few weeks to see the legend that is Garth Brooks in a one off concert.Country music plays a huge part in our lives, so despite all the music changes that have been adapted by the line dancers, we still ensure that a huge percentage of the music used at our events is country. Nita and myself are fully qualified line dance instructors with B.W.D.A and N.A.T.D07717314706 E-MAIL email@example.com