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Today Wednesday March 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Lieko Quintet + purpleshirt - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 7:30pm. Free.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

The Exchange Blues - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 8:00pm. Free. Fortnightly blues jam session.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Alice Grace & Ben Helm: A Festive Afternoon Tea @ Bonbar - Dec 20

(Review by Russell)
It's that time of year, you can't escape it. Seasonal goodwill and bonhomie...don't you just love it? Bah humbug! But wait, if compelled, what better way to participate in the festivities than to take afternoon tea listening to Alice Grace singing a selection of Christmas songs accompanied by guitarist Ben Helm? 

Bonbar in Newcastle city centre offered a glass of fizz, a selection of sandwiches, scones and tea or coffee. And, as a bonus, the chance to pull a festive cracker! Santa, Baby, Alice resplendent in seasonal Santa red, Last Christmas, Ben decorating the one-time chart topper with a light dusting of Jingle Bells, perfect. 
Ain't Misbehavin' sang Alice, she wasn't, they weren't. Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town...resistence is futile, come along, sing! A fluted glass of fizz, chicken and salmon sandwiches, a parade of Christmas jumpers, scones with jam and cream to come. Fingerpicking Ben offered stylish accompaniment to the always stylish Alice. They were having fun and why not - it's nice work if you can get it

Rockin' around the Christmas Tree, seasonal lyrics adorning Georgia, by now Bonbar's afternoon tea crowd was in a Winter Wonderland. Black coffee, a bottle of Camden's Pale Ale, now for the scones...

Cheek to Cheek sang AG, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! then Jingle Bells good and proper. Our Christmas duo were enjoying themselves, Bonbar's patrons appreciative of their light-hearted, relaxed performance. The Christmas Song just had to be in the set list, the somewhat surprising, but welcome inclusion of Autumn Leaves offered contrast as did Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody. It was time to go...Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Yes, Christmas starts here!   
Russell.        

2 comments :

Lance said...

Afternoon tea? Does CAMRA know about this?
I understand the Ebenezer Scrooge Appreciation Society is considering a vote of no confidence regarding your re-election to the presidency of the above society.

Russell said...

The consumption of a bottle of Camden's Pale Ale should ensure my re-election!

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