Country Dave’s column

Hi Folks,

I called in at the Rostholme SC, Askern Road, Bentley where I caught a couple of spots from The Two Dave’s American Spirit.

These two gentlemen have won this year’s BMCA Duo of the Year Award, of which they will be proud no doubt, and I’ve got to say they deserve it. I always enjoy listening to them.

Whilst I was there they gave us a good mix of country but I singled these songs out - King of The Road, Right or Wrong, No Time At All and the Merl Haggard classic that a lot of acts cover today, I Started Loving You Again

There was a good crowd in the Rostholme tonight, which is always pleasing to see at any of our country venues. Don’t forget you can take in some country music every Wednesday and Friday evening here at the Rostholme SC, the choice is yours.

The following night took me to Barnby Dun SC where it was a near full house for The Byrnes.

These are a family band, or should I say a trio, from Chesterfield with Shaun on lead vocals and bass guitar, eldest son Lyle on lead guitar and harmony vocals, and the youngest son Jake on drums and harmony vocals.

This outfit cover a good selection of country, both traditional and modern, along with some self-penned numbers that were well appreciated by the folk in Barnby Dun tonight.

This was the third time I’d seen The Byrnes on my travels and I must say they seem to have tightened things up a lot - I enjoyed them more than on previous occasions and it made a refreshing change to hear some different material instead of the every day stuff you usually hear round our venues week in, week out.

Country Dave (March 17)

Hiya,

I paid my usual visit to Rossington Labour Club where Dave Montana was doing the honours this week.

I’m told Dave now resides in Wiltshire but he is no stranger to the Labour Club as a solo artiste, duo or, when I saw him last, he was with the trio Muddy Boots.

I only caught his final spot, which included King of The Road and Not Counting You, but, and with no disrespect to Dave, I’ve seen him perform better. That’s my humble opinion of course.

On Thursday, March 3 I had a run over to Renishaw Miners Welfare, one mile from Junction 30 of the M1, to see a new duo on the country circuit - Luke Thomas and Melissa Gold.

Things didn’t go right tonight for me though as I got caught up in the roadworks on the motorways so I arrived at Renishaw a little on the late side, which is nothing new for me anyway.

I was very impressed with what I saw of this duo tonight; they were young, talented musically, and vocally they were excellent - they have certainly got a big future ahead of them in country music. Luke and Melissa can be contacted on 07809 424 254.

Barnby Dun SC always has good turnouts for their Saturday country nights, as was the case when I called in there for the visit of a Rebel Rose.

Nadine and Paul are from Barnard Castle in County Durham and the first time I saw this couple was here at Barnby Dun, where I thought they gave a good account of themselves.

Both Nadine and Paul cover lead vocals and songs tonight included Cotton Fields, Bad Moon Rising, Neon Moon and Rambling Fever, which went down well with the folk in here tonight. As far as duos go I enjoyed them. The vocals and harmonies from this duo, for me, were very tidy.

Seeya.

Country Dave (March 24)