It is actually amazing how time flies, because before we knew it, the weekend was upon us so heading to London we checked in and glammed ourselves up for the first of two long nights in London town. The Hillbilly Hop had three great acts on which first sold it to me, I am a girl that likes to watch a band so this was a must for me, and luckily the beautiful Ruby Ann, Bill Fadden and the Tagalongs and Mr Dollar Bill were all on the line up, what a night!
A couple of my girls and me!
I'd heard about the Hop quite some time ago but never managed to go when it used to be open so I was glad that I went to this gig because it was such a fab night, they definitely got the crowd they wanted for a reopening, so many people that I hadn't seen in so long so it was great to catch up with everyone! Bill Fadden's band new band were completely different to what I was expecting compared to his past bands where they have been straight out rockabilly, this one had a good variation of different styles with him singing the Lee Dresser classic doing the rounds at the moment El Camino Real and Benny Joys hit Little Red Book, definitely a band I want to see again.
Sunday came and it was Dingwalls time! Yes Big Sandy time! Unfortunately we didn't arrive there until later but my god when we got there, I've never seen so many people in such a small space! Obviously everyone had the same idea about going there because lets face it there isn't many chances to see Big Sandy in the UK but luckily this year I'll get to see him twice with him also being at the Rockabilly Rave this summer (I cannot wait!).
In the hotel, as you do
Don't we look glam?
Big Sandy certainly pulled the crowd in when he came on singing his big hits such as Chalking it up to the blues and Thru Dreaming and also was talking to the crowd like he'd known us for years. Audience participation is always good! Especially when he was asking everyone their first record they bought and his guitarist starting singing Message to you Rudy and then others starting singing Crazy Cavan, ohh lordy lord was there a mix but the crowd loved it and so did I! Unfortunately it went to quick but by the end of the night when the Dj's were back on everyone were dancing on the stage after the bands cleared up and there wasn't any room to swing a cat, I attempted to have a go (not swing a cat that is!) but kept getting hit here there and everywhere by other couples giving it some (oo er missus!)
I noticed both nights that even though I didn't drink which is a rarity for me I had the best of times even though I thought I'd be bored from not drinking, it sure was great not waking up with a hangover! It was nice to get glammed up again because I hadn't been out in yonks, more times like this ahead please, well when I have money and not a continuous amount of work to do .
Until Next Time