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Ken Durrans, for Country Dave column

Ken Durrans, for Country Dave column

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I made my regular visit to the Silver Spur CMC at Mexborough’s Athletic Club where I caught up with Doncaster’s very own Ken Durrans.

Here we have a man who has been on the country scene for many years and done just about everything that it’s possible to do in the business. whether it’s working solo or as part of the the duo Phil & Ken he always produced the goods. Tonight Ken gave a good selection of songs and not all country either although most were. He certainly kept everyone happy with songs such as Don’t which was a big Elvis hit, I Had Choices, a nice song, Eighteen Yellow Roses a couple from Merl Haggard songs Mamas Hungry Eyes and It’s Not Love but my pick of the night was Walk Through This World With Me and She’s Mine. Got to say that this man has everything, just about spot on and gave a very polished performance in the club on the night, something he does every time he performs and you all know I’m not one for throwing around compliments!

The Gamblers are a new name to me on the country scene and I caught a couple of spots from them on a recent visit to Edlington’s British Legion. This North East based duo consists of Ron Spence who spent some time with a band called Apache and Brian Gibson who was part of the duo The Gibsons. They gave us a mix of country with Union Mare Confederate Grey, It Must Be Love, High Class Lady and Stars On The Water and then they threw in a couple of middle of the road numbers That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly and The Crickets and Del Shannon’s The Answer. This was The Gambler’s first visit to The Legion and they received generous applause at the end of the night so it looks like the boys will be back before the end of the year.

Country Dave