The Local Musician’s Showcase on 15th July was a great success. The Buxton Fringe reviewer gave us the following appreciative review on their website of the first half of the concert (Richard Matthewman, Steve Lewis, Alex Hodgeon and Not Them Again) having had to leave at the interval:
“Performing for over 20 years, Club Acoustic has definitely not lost its touch! Exuding calm and serenity, the atmosphere of the Old Club House perfectly complements the raw and un-plugged performances of the five musicians.
“Utilising an eclectic mix of styles, all performers demonstrate a clear level of skill, whether in voice or their chosen instrument- ranging from acoustic guitars to violins and saxophones. All performers were local and each set brought a sense of community to the whole night, encouraging audience members to sing and clap along when they feel compelled!
“Although not overpoweringly energetic sets, all still created an ambiance that was appropriate to both setting and style. Every musician and spectators clearly shared in a united appreciation of the performed material, personified in the performance of James Taylor’s ‘see you again’, executed by Steve Lewis; which had everyone singing along!
“A captivating moment of the night was definitely the performance of Dropping Stones into the Water, an original song written by Not Them Again (Stuart and Dave), inspired by Rudyard Reservoir in Leek. Filling the room, this reflective piece captured the essences of the composers’ inspiration of dropping stones, which was clearly conveyed to the audience.
“To sum up the experience, there is no better words than that of the host. “We’re not always a club: we’re not always acoustic, but we’re always about the music!”.”
The second half with Andrew Robinson, Wragged Tree and Arter’s Lawn was equally as goo if not better. Well done and thanks to everybody who helped set it up and run it, performed in it, and came along to listen and enjoy. Plus thanks as ever to our hosts, Matt and his staff at the Old Clubhouse.