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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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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