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Friday, July 02, 2021

The Vieux Carré 4 @ The Holystone - July 1


(Photo by Russell)
Mick Hill (trumpet, vocals); Lawrence McBriarty (trombone, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + John Broddle (vocals) 

Let's call them the Vieux Carré 4, what with Messrs Bennett and Grainger indisposed and Mr J McBriarty away on holiday. Depping today were Brian Chester, piano, and trumpeter Mick Hill. Throughout the afternoon mad dogs and the Vieux Carré took shelter from a midday sun. 

Vocal duties were shared by mainstay vocalist/drummer Fred Thompson, Mick Hill and the band's other McBriarty, trombonist Lawrence. Doctor Jazz (Thompson vocal), Baby Won't You Please Come Home? (Hill vocal) Dallas Blues (and McBriarty) and more got things off to a steady start. 

MC Thompson, playing most of the set with brushes, asked for 'a big hand' for the day's guest vocalist. To jovial cries of Who?! (the culprits were lurking within the band, not the audience!), John Broddle got to his feet. Mr Broddle likes to sing choice material and today was no exception. I'll See You in My Dreams and Out of Nowhere illustrated the amiable Broddle's impressive phrasing of a lyric. 

Second set, Alexander's Ragtime BandBig Butter and Egg ManSweet Lorraine and others, yes, a typical selection here at the Holystone on sunny North Tyneside. Next week, if the sun shines, it's likely the Vieux Carré will once again set up in the beer garden. One o'clock start, bring a Panama. Russell

1 comment :

Brian Bennett said...

Really cheesed-off not to have been on this gig especially with local legends, MICK HILL and BRIAN CHESTER being back in action on trumpet and piano after a long lay-off…and if I say so myself, a typically fab selection of tunes by the Vieux Carré 4. Back next Thursday with the usual suspects - if it’s sunny and warm we’ll be in the beer garden - remember to book your table in advance 0191 266 6173

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