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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Eales' Report: BATH, Opus 4, Old Elvet and more...

BSH's Deep South (County Durham) correspondent Tony Eales got out to five gigs over the weekend (only five? ...TE mustn't have been feeling too well) and got on the blower to offer a blow-by-blow account. 

First up, Friday lunchtime (April 26) at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (BATH) a fair number turned up to hear Noel Dennis. Trumpet and flugelhorn, Dennis entertained the cafe crowd in the company of friends Paul Edis, piano and Mick Shoulder, bass. A quick bite to eat and TE was on the road again to catch Sue Ferris at Opus 4. Playing tenor and flute, our man reports Ferris was in fine form working with a couple of deps; Pete Tanton made the journey south to the Traveller's Rest depping for Graham Hardy and Durham undegraduate Ben Lawrence sat in a very hot seat, the chair usually occupied by Paul Edis. TE reckons young Ben did just fine.

Saturday found TE in Durham attending Mike Lovatt's masterful performance as guest soloist with Fishburn Brass Band. Early next day the motor way pointed in the direction of Hartlepool for Eales' regular appointment with Musicians Unlimited at the Park Inn. It's always a good session, always busy. Finally, back to the Traveller's Rest for the debut gig by Rick Laughlin's Electet. TE and the select audience thoroughly enjoyed it and the odds are the outfit will be seen and heard again. Stay tuned for news as to where and when.       
Russell

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