Ready, Steady - Gone
Denton Village Hall was packed on Saturday evening for "Ready Steady Denton", the second Charity Gig in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, the first having been held back in May 2013. Once more folks turned out in large numbers to support this event and were treated to some wonderful entertainment from the musicians, all of whom performed for free.
First up was Sam Norfolk (of the band Eva Black) who, accompanying himself on guitar and in his own distinctive, gravelly tones, gave us some crowd-pleasers, ably assisted on his final number by Alex Eley. Next we heard from a newly-formed duo, Andy Ferguson and Ben Witchell, both of whom are relative newcomers to Denton. With Andy on saxophone and Ben on keyboards and vocals, they played some wistful numbers including “Summertime” and “Take Five”. To conclude the first half we were treated to a superb set from Jason Wick, Tracey Frost and Dougie, the men being part of the band Little Red Kings. If it was the case, as Jason told us, that he and Tracey had not sung together in public for 15 years, then the sooner their harmonies are revived in public the better. Both Jason and Dougie demonstrated their mastery of the guitar as well as singing powerfully together to great effect, performing numbers from their recent “Acoustic” CD .
In the interval the generous folks of Denton and its environs dug deep to raise money in the raffle (organised by Kath and Terry Hanner) and also in a game of “Heads and Tails”, won by Charlie Crohill. And all of this while the assembled throng ate from platters of food and some wonderful cakes, many provided by the audience. Thanks are also due to those who so generously donated raffle prizes.
The second half saw the return to Denton of the band from across the border, “A Certain Age”, who took us back to the 60’s and 70’s with their repertoire of golden oldies which had people up on their feet, reliving their past. To close the show all the performers squeezed on stage and joined in a finale, comprising “The Weight”, “All you need is Love” and “Imagine”.
The event raised £645 for Alzheimer’s Society. The organisers, Andrea and Mike Fitzgerald, would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make it such a successful evening.