Soo’s Reviews
KALIBRE  -  17th MARCH '19 Kalibre came to Fred's after a long absence and sang both old and new songs. They gave a usual lovely night. NEXT WEEK  -  ROOT'N TOOT'N Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  10th MARCH '19 Darren is another person we know will give us a good night. He started with "Imagine That" then sang line dance songs like "Missing". He did not forget the listeners and sang some Marty Robbins including "If I Want To" and tracks by John Denver and Slim Whtman and the like. An all-round lovely evening. NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo BORN COUNTRY  -  3rd MARCH '19 With a name like Born Country I thought this band would be good. A great name! They are father (ex Diesel Cowboys) and daughter. They were good and unfortunately I missed them. Hope they return. NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo KEZIA GILL  -  24th FEB '19 This young country singer was able to command the attention and admiration of the whole of the audience.  She comes from a musical family and has been singing most of her life. She turned professional three and a half years ago and is already winning awards here and in Australia.  She has come far and is heading for the top.  She has a great voice and plays guitar and is a true professional.  Her equipment blew up as she was singing the last song of the second set - "Down On Your Uppers" - and she did the last set acoustically and it was brilliant.  I must also mention she writes her own material. It was an honour to have seen her and we gave her a standing ovation.  Hope to see her again. NEXT WEEK  -  BORN COUNTRY Soo J D BULLITT  -  17th FEB '19 Although billed as a duo J D Bullitt was a solo artiste.  He has a nice voice and was liked by the majority of the audience. He has been in country music since 1977.  We heard songs by Charlie Daniels, Jack Green, Alan Jackson etc. NEXT WEEK  -  KEZIA GILL Soo TEXAS TORNADOS  10th FEB '19 From a good country voice, singing line dance, ballads, any requests, and a good rapport with the audience, Pete entertains in every way - and line dances too while singing! He covers it all. He even has the best instrumentalist, Stuart, (he won best guitarist this year) as his partner. Together they entertain all the way - Mr Versatile, that's Pete's name. "George"! NEXT WEEK  -  J D BULLITT  (DUO) Soo ROB CHILDS  -  3rd FEB '19 Rob can come again as a solo artiste any time and I'm sure he will. He has been on the Country scene with other people for years and experience shows.  He is at home on the stage, has a good voice, is an accomplished guitarist and has a great personality - his act was full of jokes and chat between each song. A good mix too - I especially liked William Michael Morgan's "Broken-hearted". NEXT WEEK  -  TEXAS TORNADOS Soo GARY PERKINS TRIBUTE NIGHT  -  27th JAN '19 Well, how do I give this evening the justice it deserves? This sad occasion was full of joy and love and the room was packed. Merv and Maria Futter compered all night and first on was Stubby  - he sang three numbers including Gary's "Ride The Wind".  He went off and Nancy Ann Lee came on to sing three more - she chose Gary's "Free" to do.  Next Dave Bryan came on and gave us a laugh when he missed Steve's keyboard part of the song "Sea Of Heartbreak".  We enjoyed "Grandma's Feather Bed" with parts of the audience doing the actions. Zenne was next on with "Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Breeze". Russ Kitchen was next with "Drinking Problem" and "Rhinestone Cowboy".  His band Badlands were booked for tonight but everyone agreed this tribute should take priority. After the break came the presentation with the family on stage - a cheque for over £11,000 was given to Bluebell Wood, a charity Gary had chosen. Nigel Slater was next - he sang a song written by Gary Martin for Gary - "Stranger In This Town". Still they came on stage - Darren Knight rocking it up and Nancy joined him.  The Breeze did "Past The Point Of Rescue" brilliantly. Paul James (PJ) played next then The Breeze played "Rawhide" as everyone came back on stage.  There was a lot of jumping - and the audience too. It was fitting that Gary ended the evening on the video screen singing his last song "Thank You". I hope I haven't left anyone out. I would like to thank The Breeze for the pleasure this popular band have given over the years. It was a brilliant evening and to all involved we thank you for an evening we'll never forget. NEXT WEEK  -  ROB CHILDS Soo VIC OAKLEY  20th JAN '19 I missed another week but I know who Vic is.  He used to be half of "No Regrets" duo.  They have not been back for a few years. The audience was sparse - I'm not sure why - he did sing some different songs such as Nitty Gritty Dirtband's "Catfish John" and a lovely Travis Tritt song "Sometimes She Forgets". NEXT WEEK  -  A TRILOGY OF "THANK YOUS" TO GARY PERKINS Soo THE THRILLBILLIES  -  13th JAN '19 Dave started the evening with "Imagine This" and Ed followed with "My Father In Me". They also did Glen Campbell's poignant composition "I'm Not Going To Miss You". They gave the performance they usually do and fans enjoyed the evening. NEXT WEEK  -  VIC OAKLEY Soo BILLY BUBBA KING  -  6 Jan '19 Billy Bubba King kicked off the new year with his second appearance at Fred's. He went down well with listeners and dancers. Among his varied repertoire was a lovely song from Steve Holy  - "Good Morning Beautiful" - seldom heard any more.  He also gave a tribute to Gary Perkins - "This Is Where The Cowboy Rides Away". Apart from the very sad news about Gary, Sunday was a good start to the new year. NEXT WEEK  -  THE THRILLBILLIES Soo RAYMOND FROGGATT & BEST OF FRIENDS  -  16th Dec '18 The room was full, food plentiful and the 2 acts were brilliant. Best of Friends kicked off the show with their unique take on songs seldom heard - and keeping it country. After the break Middy introduced Froggie - the rest of the evening was a blur - his fans were mesmerised as usual listening to his stories. Thanks Froggie for all the years.  We love you! NEXT TIME  -  SUN 6th JAN '19  -  BILLY BUBBA KING Soo RAY PETERS  -  9th DEC '18 Ray Phillips stepped in to give Ray a hand this week. He plays pedal steel. It was another laid-back evening with Ray singing a range of songs - "Love Bug", "Guitars and Cadillacs" and "Legend In My Time". NEXT WEEK  - for the Christmas party ... RAYMOND FROGGATT - "FROGGIE"                                                       backed by BEST OF FRIENDS Soo JEFF GALLANT  -  2 DEC '18 A wonderful night and a full house to see this duo.  Jeff Gallant is the singer in my favourite band and Clive Grant used to be in the Henry Smith Band. Jeff came smartly dressed - he wore a waistcoat, tie, and stetson - looking the business! - and his on-stage enjoyment is tangible.  He gives every song his all and when a performer enjoys his act so do the audience. A good mix of songs from ballads to oldies.  Wish we could have his band here again. NEXT WEEK  -  RAY PETERS Soo JOHN DOHERTY  -  25 NOV '18 The room was full this week - John is very popular, that's why we don't see him very often, although he has been booked for next year some time. The dance floor was full and he sang some songs seldom heard. A good night was had by all. NEXT WEEK  -  JEFF GALLANT DUO Soo WAYNE-T  -  18th NOV '18 We had an enjoyable evening this week with a newcomer to Fred's in place of his dad Arthur - one half of The Thornhills with brother Keith who were both in one of the most popular bands years ago as I have written before - West Virginia. Talent certainly runs in that family as Wayne T has a wonderful voice especially when he sang some powerful ballads such as Lonestar's "Amazed" and Keith Urban's "Blue Blue Sky". He mixed the songs all evening - there was something for everyone.  I'm sure we would all love to have him back. NEXT WEEK  -  JOHN DOHERTY Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  11th NOV '18 I missed Darren this time unfortunately but I heard the audience had a good night. Soo