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
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
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
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.
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.
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
September 7th 2014
October 11th 2014
November 15th 2014
December 6th 2014