Garway, South Herefordshire  HR2 8RQ 
for the best in Village Hall entertainment
      The Clyde Jefferson Band Clyde Jefferson, who has brought together musicians from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to perform the culmination of twenty years of writing and performing diverse styles of music.  Drawing inspiration from rock, indie, prog, reggae, funk, soul, psychedelic and festival sound through to the present melting pot of influences, that is the sound of the Clyde Jefferson Band.    The Rob Lear Band The Rob Lear Band boasts strong links with music aficionados Van Morrison and  Richard Thompson, having burst on the music scene in early 2013 with the release of a debut album titled ‘Let it go’, mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy nominated producer Simon Tassano. A fantastic gig, lovely atmosphere and beautiful songs by a group of passionate, talented musicians...Here's what Rob Lear had to say.... Some cracking shots by Pete from Saturdays Garway live! gig in Herefordshire, and he was playing bass at the same time !!  A great venue and great vibe. The place was packed and we had a fantastic audience thank you. The second set featured our full band and we played a lot of tracks of the album 'Let it go'….. Many thanks to Garway Live for an excellent night! Hope to be with you again soon.  Photos by Pete.    Sara Smith Quartet Move over the Von Trapp family - the Smith family are multi-talented singers and instrumentalists. The opening set was a solo performance by professional vocalist and guitarist, Bobbie, mother to the eponymous Sarah. Bobbie’s strong and melodious voice resonated through the hall and tugged on our heart-strings with her own renditions of classics by the Everly Brothers and Melanie. Enter the Trio: Sarah Smith on violin, husband, Tim, on vocals and guitar, and son Olly, just fourteen years old, on double bass.  With rapid changes of style, from the opening strains of a Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli-influenced Putting on the Ritz, we knew we were in for a fast-paced musical treat. The trio kept up the tempo with a bewitching concoction of classic songs and own compositions in different styles: Swing, Irish reels, Bluegrass, Celtic, and Gypsy Jazz.  Thank you for a fantastic evening.    Amy Wadge and Pete Riley Amy is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of  five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice was simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries.    Bella Collins & The Blue Powerful vocals from Bella accompanied by intricate guitar, deep bass and tactful drums from the Blue. Garway was engrossed in an evening of foot tapping and soulful music. the band of seasoned players included Jeff Coleman (Red Beans and Rice, The Laverne Brown Band), Paul Higgins (Linda Gail Lewis, Junior Hacksaw), Paul Westwell (The Laverne Brown Band).  I've seen lots of high quality bands at Garway Live! but Bella and The Blue have got to rank as one of the best.  Graham Bevan    Whiskey River Thank you very much to Whiskey River for a brilliant Bayou set!  We've been tapping our feet and Lindey- Hopping the night away in Garway. Thanks to Dave, Aidan, Martin, Pedro and Dennis for bringing the Deep South to South Herefordshire. Catch Whiskey River wherever you can!     Celebrating the Divas of Jazz A voice like rich honey and a warm stage presence made for a wonderful Garway Live! with Juliet Kelly, the talented jazz singer and composer who has been raved about by the likes of Courtney Pine.  Juliet gave us a mix of jazz diva classics, opening with a wonderful version of Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell on You. This she began completely unaccompanied which really showed us the smooth depth of her lovely voice.  From Cole Porter and the Gershwin brothers to her own compositions like the wonderful, Surrender, a story of unrequited passion, her repertoire was full of romance and heart-break, conveyed by wonderful musical phrasing and sumptuous tone. Ably accompanied by David Frankel on keyboards, Juliet gave us an evening worthy of Ronnie Scott’s and all on our Herefordshire doorstep. Come again any time, Juliet.    Royal Scam A master class in musicianship was witnessed at the hall. Royal scam are not so much a tribute band but four musicians needing to challenge themselves musically and what better way than the material of Steely Dan. What was so noticeable was the fact that the band were able to treat the material with contempt by extending grooves and solos and returning to the arrangement when ever they felt like it. The audience recognised their skill and gave them a well earned encore which they treated us to the classic "Reeling In The Years". A big thank you to our audience and to all those that helped on the night.     Ghost of a Dog Bits of Country/American Folk/Brit-Folk and blues combined to make up the Ghost of a Dog sound. They’ve been  described as “Calexico fronted by a Country Kate Bush”, and draw their influences from a wide range of genres, but all underpinned by their collective love of acoustic based music & 70’s songwriters such as Joni Mitchell & Neil Young and with a liberal helping of Lone Justice style balls.     Linda Gail Lewis What a fantastic nights entertainment yet again from Linda Gail Lewis. Linda told us that Garway is such a  special gig for her and she loves playing the hall. This was also amplified by Pete Mathison, Junior Hacksaws ace guitarist who said 'there aren't many gigs like this that has such a wonderful atmosphere'. Linda played songs from Jerry Lees catalogue and some new cuts from her album 'Gas Station Flowers'. Thanks to our technical partners                           for producing the live broadcast.      Crazy Little Thing Called Love! - The Kepow Theatre Company A superb night of improvisation as the Kepow team involved the audience in their show. It was the laughter needed after such a run of bad weather and we appreciate having such a large audience turn out to support the night. This truly is a class act and one we welcomed back after a two year period. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Romantic love. Platonic love. A love for a hobby. Or a  love for one's pet. The love of money. Or the love of God. You name it, this comedy show explores it!! Kevin Tomlinson is now recognised as one of the UK's leading comic improvisers. His career took off in 1999, when he performed alongside the cast of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' at the famous Hackney Empire in a charity comedy show. Since then his comedy shows have toured the world to great critical acclaim.    The Semantics Well what a great way to kick off the new year with Welsh soft rockers The Semantics. They played a great set of covers from Neil Young, Dickey Betts through to Daft Punk. The band included a superb 18 year old guitarist David Bassey whose great aunt is none other than Welsh songstress Dame Shirley Bassey.  Thanks to our audience who braved the cold wet weather to support us.
Past Events 2014
for the best in Village entertainment
 Garway, South Herefordshire  HR2 8RQ 
January 18th, 2014
February 13th, 2014
March 12th, 2014
March 22nd 2014
April 19th 2014
May 17th 2014
June 21st 2014
August 16th 2014
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October 11th 2014
November 15th  2014
December 6th 2014