Hello everyone. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!
As you know I had a very busy December, 31 gigs in that month! Phew I just about managed it, so after my final gig on the 28th Dec I took a well deserved break to the Isle of Arran, Scotland for the new year period and also had a break from social media. Since I came back from Scotland I’ve been busy learning new songs for the various types of shows I do, organising my bookings and catching up on general admin stuff.
My first gig of 2020 was last Friday at Kendal Care. As always after the busy festive period, things can become a bit flat. So I worked hard to entertain the residents and get them singing a long. It was an enjoyable afternoon and I did a couple of requests from family members of the residents.
The next day, Saturday I was back singing at the Strathmore Hotel. I’m delighted to be back for another year doing Saturdays all year round and Wednesdays til Summer. The evening was the liveliest and busiest I’ve ever seen there. I think there was a big group of people who came together and they were just wanting to dance. So I adapted my music to suit the audience and found I quite enjoyed it as I was singing songs I haven’t done in a while and as the dance floor was packed it was a real buzz.
On Monday I was singing at a lovely little place near Milnthorpe. I sang here a few months ago and I’m delighted to be back here in May for a 1940s show to coincide with VE Day celebrations. It was a lovely afternoon and the residents are great fun, one lady in particular loves a good jive and she was up dancing for several songs.
On Wednesday afternoon I was back singing at Holehird in Windermere. The theme was Country and Western, so we had a great time singing classic country songs from John Denver, Patsy Cline, Dolly, Tammy Wynette and even a little Shania Twain.
The staff here are always great and dressed up and encouraged everyone to join in. In the evening I was back at the Strathmore, it was a lovely night and although not as busy as Saturday I had quite a few up dancing.
This evening, I’ve just come back from singing at Great Eccleston WI. Wow what a night it was. The ladies were absolutely lovely, I had some musical requests and even threw a bit of Gilbert and Sullivan. I also sang several uptempo pieces towards the end and nearly everyone in the room got up to dance. It was a really great evening.
Tomorrow I’m back at the Strathmore and next week I have some acting work as well as a Classical Crossover Show in Southport!
Have a great weekend everyone.