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Last Sunday night I saw three hours of live variety
entertainment. THREE great bands; quality floorspots, recorded CDs and
interviews; a big friendly bar and a happy end-of-weekend crowd to share it all
I felt very smug that as a reviewer I was getting all this for
free. And then I found out everyone was!
I don’t know how Vic Cross, manager of Great Massingham Social
Club, and Jane Knights of West Norfolk Radio (formerly Folkspot) can afford to
mount this collaboration every Sunday night. But it’s definitely worth driving (or
moving!) to Massingham for –if you’re not lucky enough to live there. Or at least
Lexie Green and the Indigo Blue
Lexie Green and the Indigo Blue, a Marshall-amped, female-fronted
country rock band from Cambridgeshire, served up a top set of self-written
songs, some of which have won international awards. If Lucinda Williams’ guitar
met John Paul Jones’ drum, this might be the love-child!
They had a great range. Lexie’s vocals swooped from tender to
rocking and back again and her warmth and sense of fun lifted the audience.
Norfolk’s very own Trio sustained an attractive and ambitious
set of classic harmony-rock. (Stealer’s Wheel, CSN &Y, Crowded House, ELO,
Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Tracey Chapman…) Just when you
thought Phil, Mark and Dawn’s voices couldn’t get any more exciting than their ‘Eleanor
Rigby’, they hit us with a hopping 5 string bass-thumping tribute to Stevie
Wonder’s ‘Hotter Than July’ that had my wife and me all but bopping around the
Joe and Mary
Gospel-tinged Norwich country-folk duo Joe & Mary gave us a
set of alternative intimate love-songs alone worth going out for. Fortunately,
like Folkspot house-performers Mike Prior and Dave Cooper, they’ll be back.
West Norfolk Radio broadcasts every Sunday from 7-10 pm on www.westnorfolkradio.co.ukcontact
Jane Knights on 07780977301. Enquire
about Great Massingham Social Club’s events and bookings on 01485 520387