Trio of talent set to bring April joy

w2835b809 Clubland pix - Jade Adams.
w2835b809 Clubland pix - Jade Adams.

Local singer Chris Wood, the lively Sheldon Bonner and the excellent Tony Lee are just three of the star attractions at Prince of Wales WMC in Pontefract during April.

Tony Lee really is as good as solo acts of his type come, while Sheldon Bonner always gives every performance 101 per cent. Chris Wood, who is the proud owner of a wonderful singing voice, appears at the club this weekend, where he makes a Sunday evening visit.

Jade Adams, Dave Lloyd and Hope and Pray are just a handful of the star attractions set up to appear at Edward VII Club at Allerton Bywater this month. Jade Adams is a massively talented solo singing star, while Dave Lloyd is a first class musician and singer.

Hope and Pray are working with me in a show this summer on the east coast and I look forward to seeing these funny guys in action.

Wakefield-based boy duo Big Beat have been altering their act recently to include more live instrumentation and music and less of the comedy items which used to crowbarred into their shows. Their agent Richard Crossland gave me the news of developments and I wish these guys all the best. Big Beat can be seen locally this weekend when they take the stage on Saturday night at Mill Lane WMC in South Kirkby.

The Wakefield and Pontefract Concert Secretaries Federation staged a showcase evening last week at George V WMC in Castleford. All the acts were supplied by Flair Theatrical agency and presented by local entertainer Craig Anthony.

The federation has already announced details of their next showcase, which will take place at Crigglestone WMC on April 14 and Pontefract agent and entertainer Harry Turnstyle will be presenting the show. As ever admission is free, so why not put the date in your diary.

Incidentally and still on the subject of Harry Turnstyle, I popped into Willow Park Club in Pontefract last Thursday evening to see Harry auditioning six aspiring clubland acts. I only saw the second half of the show but I gather there wasn’t a great deal to impress Harry and his fellow agent and close associate Ashley Wheelhouse throughout the evening.

However, nights like these are valuable in terms of finding new talent and if the odd star of the future can be found now and then, surely it is worth everyone’s time and trouble.

On a personal note, it’s always a pleasure to see and chat will Willow Park concert secretary Bill Flynn, who does such stering work at this grand club.

Pontefract-based singer Sonya and I worked together in a show last Saturday evening where a great night was had by all. This livewire personality was, in my view, a much deserved recipient of a clubland award at last year’s Leeds Club and Institute Union awards show. Sonya was in fine form last weekend and I always enjoy her company.

Finally for this week, local all-girl trio Sugarush are pressing ahead with their emerging new act and I hear that the girls are doing very well.

Act member Kaz Cross has invited me to go along and see the girls in action and I shall be featuring more news of this South Elmsall-based act again very soon.

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