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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ray Burns w. the Peter Gilligan Trio @ The Cherry Tree - August 3.

Ray Burns (vcl/hca); Peter Gilligan (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
August in Jesmond - the residents are now non-residents, sunning it in the Bahamas without their pyjamas as opposed to the alternative of being rained upon on Osborne Rd. However, a select few of those Jesmondites who hadn't deserted their native habitat found sustenance and song at the Cherry Tree.
Ray Burns was making his debut at the venue and seemed a little overawed by it all. Nevertheless, Ray's been around the block once or twice and by the time he hit Sweet Lorraine he was well into his stride with Messrs. Gilligan, Harland and Morgan providing the perfect cushion. It was unfortunate that it was after this pre-interval number that I had to leave. A sick computer decreed I made an early departure,
Prior to this, Ray had played and sang: Out of Nowhere; Ain't Misbehavin'; Masquerade; Misty and Girl Talk (instrumental) before finishing the set with the aforementioned Sweet Lorraine.
Yes, Lorraine was sweet, almost as sweet as my Eton Mess which was delicious beyond words although perhaps a little too much after Pan Fried King Prawns, Spicy Arabian Sauce, Fennel and Shallots which was my starter (Nicola's recommendation) whilst the Gilligan Trio's starter  was Have You Met Miss Jones?
Main course - Rump of Lamb, Baby Gem, Caramelised Shallots, Honey Fondant and Red Wine Jus.
Chapeau chef!
An enjoyable evening.
Lance.
PS: Computer now back up and running although the blog sidebars are still only walking!





















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