Garway, South Herefordshire HR2 8RQ
for the best in Village Hall entertainment
Rural Variety Performance
The Christmas Rural Variety Performance was an incredible success. Sold out three weeks
prior to show. This year we were entertained by a host of artists all local to our village proving
that our community contains so many talented people. We owe our success to all the
performers and back stage staff who work tirelessly and to the wonderful audience who
turned out to support the event making it the best to date.
Owen Money was fantastic. He opened with a song and then followed with gag after gag. The audience loved him, a true
testament to a great entertainer who uses no bad language or blue material. At the end of the evening we all called for
more and Owen obliged. It was great to see so many new faces at the hall and many had travelled from Wales to see
their most famous comedian. For the first half of the evening we were all entertained by his daughter Katie Denis who not
only has a fantastic voice and belted out such covers as "Mercy" (Duffy), "Anyone Who Had A Heart" (Cilla Black), and
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" by Bonny Tyler but she had the audience in hysterics with her self effacing humour and was
given a well earned encore. This was a first comedy night for Garway Live! and was a resounding success.
The Beatles Magical History Tour
What an incredible night we had on Saturday. The Magical History Tour told the story of the Beatles from
the meeting of Paul and John right up to their last recordings. Main frontman Max Keen narrated the
whole show with such ease that the two hour show went in a blur. This was not a Beatles tribute act but a
brilliantly crafted theatre show that worked through Max's ability to paint pictures with his words.
The Ray Phillips Budgie
What a fantastic night of rock thanks to the Ray Phillips Budgie. This was a master class in rock it's
about attitude and living it. Ray's bass player Tom has been with Ray for over 30 years on and off and it
shows in the tightness of the rhythm section but Ray has found a real gem with Tristran a 17 year old
guitar slinger who attacked his Les Paul as if his life depended on it and ripped out licks that would make
pro players want to cut their hands off. It was great to see some loyal Welsh fans pour over the border to
come and support Ray and they were made welcome in our humble hall which is still shaking from the
The Clyde Jefferson Band
Clyde Jefferson is best known as the lead vocalist with the Red River Blues Band and this night was the launch of his
debut solo album. His band consisted of local musicians including Chris Egan (sax) and Colin Finnie (bass guitar). All the
tracks are original, composed by Clyde and varies from authentic reggae to chilled rock. This was an exclusive airing of
the album which was recorded at the Piggery Studios in Garway Hill.
Chris Hodgkins with The Dave Price Trio
Chris Hodgkins was playing with local jazz musicians The Dave Price Trio. Cardiff-raised trumpeter Chris Hodgkins returned to Wales to play
dates with the Dave Price Trio. Chris’s style is best described as “mature mainstream” and he played a range of material from standards, to
The sun came out, the sky was blue, and everyone had a barbeque. Sorry for the poetic
injustice, though it’s believed that’s why there was not a full house at Garway live Saturday 6th
July. However those who came had a feast of music equal to any barbeque.
They dined on the Ronaldo’s, an acoustic quartet fronted by Ron Rodgers formally of T’pau.
They engaged the audience right from the first song to the dying moments of the final encore.
They captivated the audience with their unique intros to may well known covers with a seamless change of chord and tempo, The delight could
be seen in the audience’s faces when the magic occurred and they recognised the next song with many bursting in to song along with them.
There set was an eclectic mix of covers such as Van Morrisons, “ Brown Eyed Girl” to Dave Edmunds I hear you knocking, along with their own
material. The evening end with an encore to match any grand auditorium, though at one stage we thought the floor would fall through.
This goes to show strength and appreciation of Garway lives audience ,which has been commented on many occasions by the performers.
We would like to extend our thanks to inashed events with Ian Gameson at the technical helm, but supported live by Kelvin Cunningham in LA
YES the American one, who broadcasted the whole show via the internet, We know also that the show was seen in Vancouver.
A truly Global show from a small hall in South Herefordshire.
What a great show for the sell out audience from Rob Lear on Saturday night. We were treated to thought
provoking songs, sensitive lyrics all self penned. Rob has a real easy way of communicating with the audience as
if he was just speaking to you as a friend. He started the show with just himself on stage and was gradually joined
by his band members. Liz on African drum, percussion and accordion, she also harmonised beautifully with Rob.
Brett on guitar, who played beautifully crafted solos and Ry Cooder style slide. He then introduced ex Van
Morrison bass player Pete Hurley and top session player Tim Robinson and although both had played on Rob's debut album this actually was the
first time that they had all played live together. The crowd asked for two encores which were truly deserved and Rob and the band obliged.
The Bucket Band
A large audience turned out to watch The Bucket Band, who took us around the world musically much to the
delight of the crowd. The band consisted of violinist Emily, percussion, guitar and harmonica Carl and electric
upright bass Glen. The material drew from traditional, classical and some wonderfully self penned
compositions. The floor vibrated with the dancing from the crowd and was a great ending to a lovely sunny day.
A first for Garway Live, not only did we have premier prog rock band Magenta performing
material from their eighth album 'The 27 Club' but the event was broadcast live across the
net and was viewed by ex-patriots as far away as New Zealand and Canada. The night
started with the incredible guitar virtuosity of the Fry brothers Chris and Dan, and followed
by Magenta who performed as if the venue was a rock arena. A big thank you goes to In A Shed Events who worked tirelessly
to film and broadcast the gig.
The Full Brontë Literary Cabaret. In association with Arts Alive.
This cabaret-style celebration of the Brontës, their lives and times! Was brought to you by Scary Little Girls,
whose similar events have been sell-out successes in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and across the South
West. This homage to English literature's most famous sisters was a performative romp through everything
we all love about the Brontës and their creations.This immersive and fun-filled event delighted literature
aficionados and theatre fans alike - and of course every devoted Brontëphile!s. As always we are grateful to
our audience who braved the snow and cold weather to support Garway Live!
Pentabus Theatre Company present 'For Once'
National tour of last year's hit new play by Olivier-award nominated playwright Tim Price.
What a great night .... Pentabus Theatre treated us to a night of top entertainment. The play
was very well written and superbly acted. Our village hall was transformed into the families
living area, the hub of the house being the centre of the hall where the audience became an
invisible part of the set. Emotions ran high between the three main characters, there were
tears and laughter. We were all pulled into the play and when it ended wanted to know more. It
was a real privilege to have such a hard working and talented theatre company perform for us
in Garway and we would like to say a big thank you to the sell out audience that braved the
cold weather to support Garway Live!
Past Events 2013
for the best in Village entertainment
Garway, South Herefordshire HR2 8RQ
February 28th, 2013
March 23rd, 2013
April 20th, 2013
May 18th, 2013
June 22nd, 2013
July 13th, 2013
July 6th, 2013
August 10th, 2013
September 7th, 2013
October 26th, 2013
November 16th, 2013
December 14th, 2013