Good Times: Coley rocks on a Saturday night

Lightcliffe Gig. Wes Brookes Bob Horne and Roger Davies
Lightcliffe Gig. Wes Brookes Bob Horne and Roger Davies

Over 100 people packed into Coley Village Hall to enjoy a night of music at the hands of gifted singer songwriter Roger Davies and up and coming wordsmith Wes Brookes.

The evening, organised by the Lightcliffe Cricket Club social committee, saw people from across the district turn out to see music of the highest standard.

First up was former LCC great Wes Brookes. He soon captivated the audience with a mixture of covers and his own tunes. His ode to cricket club life, the Villagers, saw the first standing ovation of the evening.

Ten years, five albums and numerous singles, Roger Davies has a back catalogue that is the envy of many. Classics like Brighouse on a Saturday Night, Percy Shaw and Stephanie complemented tunes about the Great War and the Tour De France.

While Seems like Yesterday takes a trip down memory lane, Into the Sun looks forward to a better tomorrow. A stunning Northern Trash shows a pride in Yorkshire roots and no Davies gig is complete without a soaring This Land.

“This was a gig that warmed the heart. The music cuts across the generations; that is the delight of Roger. Time and again, Davies can craft the tune and the words that do that statement justice,” said Michael Brooke, of Lightcliffe CC.

“A huge thanks to everyone who helped out, from Bob Horne who booked the acts, to Angela Monaghan who worked tirelessly in the kitchen.

“Others like Catherine Booth, Alex Stead and Tom Powe did some sterling work. Also thanks to Roger and Wes for putting on a great show. Finally, we couldn’t have done it without so many people turning out on a dank night to enjoy the gig and support the club.”

Tonight (Thursday) at the Barge, the weekly jam session is with Dean from The Trees. On Friday night The Savages will take to the stage followed on Saturday evening by The Covers and on Sunday by The Honeybeez.

The Armytage Arms in Clifton is now serving breakfast. If you fancy the full works, it has the unfinishable breakfast. Four sausages, four rashers of bacon, three fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, beans, mushrooms on a giant base of potato and onion hash.

The party begins Friday night at Jeremy’s at the Boathouse with Alex and the Concords on stage from 9pm. On Saturday evening hit songs of the decades will be performed by In Echoes from 9pm and Sunday afternoon acoustic from 4pm will see Forever Now on stage.

This Sunday at The Commercial and Railway Inn from 2pm until 5pm it’s Jiving Jeff’s rock and roll afternoon. All are welcome and it’s a good chance to have a dance about and get yourselves ready for the festive party season.