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On 12th January 2009 my life changed when I went into Hospital for a minor operation, to read a Blog of my memories of 2 weeks in Intensive Care at Leeds General Infirmary, go to You may need a dry hankerchief.

Tuesday 28th February 2012

Ace UK Singer Songwriter John Taylor will be working select venues this year with a handpicked band of top musicians.
After many years working with renowned band Cross Country, John has decided to move in a different direction and along with a very busy recording studio and solo acoustic performances he has been writing and rehearsing a new show to include both self penned and chosen tracks from key US writers.

The first of these shows will take place at:

Leeds Irish Centre on 10th May 2012..
Supported by the Haley's

Johns band includes..
Steve Place (Guitars Vocals)...
Darren Binns(Keys/Acoustic/Accordion Vocals)..
Tony Hornsby (Bass Vocals)...
Lee Guyler (Drums Vocals)...

(Playing only a select amount of shows this will not affect any other commitments from the band members)

Keep a look out in the press for details of all shows and ticket availability...

For info contact;
Evil Genius Music Management
07852 876 666
Clear Cut

Friday 4th July 2008


Further to the comments re Ray and Debbie Stone below, I am sad to say the Ray passed away December 4th 2008, apparently following a Heart attack. May I wish Debbie the strength to carry on and hopefully keep up the good work in Tenerife.

Friday 4th July 2008


On Thursday 19th June had just started a 2 week holiday in Tenerife and decided to visit Central Park in Playa de Las Americas to see Steven J Towers who I last saw at the Hyde Park Corner a couple of years earlier. There was at the time a Euro 2008 Football Match on so there was a crowd at a lower part of the Bar with only about 8 or so visitors near the stage area. By 8:30, Steven had set up his equipment and by 8:40 had dismantled it all again at which point he left - no Steven J Towers performance. We think the lack of Audience was the cause but without any word or apology from Steven prior to leaving, we were left very disappointed and disillusioned. We finished our drinks and travelled a couple of hundred yards up the road where Ray and Debbie Stone were performing Country at the old haunt of the Acapulco Bar.
I am sending Steven a link to this page and would welcome and publish his comments should he wish to do so.

Tuesday 22nd May 2007


Wine Women and Song
An evening with Suzy Boggus, Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg at the Leeds City Varieties was an awsome experience of Gorgeous Ladies dishing out humour and stunning music.
The evening was built around conversation about life, youth and growing up and most songs written by the trio.On the evening, I became a fan of Matraca Berg, not a name that rolls easily off the tongue, but her voice, music and stunning looks presented an artist who in the past I have sadly overlooked.
Through the evening, all three played Guitar impeccably and filled the auditorium with a Country sound that came alive with thier American accents. The three all had Red Wine which they took great delight in sipping in front of an audience that packed out the City Varieties.Would I go again - just try and stop me, I'm looking forward to a return if one ever comes.

I must also mention the opening act on the evening - Madviolet - A Canadian Duo of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa Maclsaac who gently lifted the evening and set the mood for an exceptional experience.

Wednesday 2nd May 2007


Clear Cut CMC had a superb night with Souls & Stone providing the music through 3 stunning sets. Last time I saw this act , the music was all the popular Line Dance songs of the day, tonight we had an excellent blend of New Country with a generous dash of Line Dance favourites and a new twist was a rendition of the Bellamy Brothers ¨Vertical Expression¨ sung in Spanish.Looking forward to seeing this duo again very soon.

Tuesday 26th December 2006


On holiday for a week in Portugal, not known for Country Music and Line Dance but did manage to stretch the legs a little in our Hotel when Ilze from Holland not only looked good, but sang well.
Managed a few dances to some Shania amongst others and also had a dance with Ilze at the end of the night.

Ilze has a web page at

Sunday 8th October 2006


Went to my regular Sunday venue, New Burley Club in Leeds where I saw Richard Palmer for the first time. Richard was playing the popular Line Dance / New Country songs which kept the dance floor crowded all night but to underline his performance, there were several "Listeners" present who also enjoyed the evening.
At 19 years Richard I hope has a long future in Country Music and I look forward to seeing him again soon.

Wednesday 4th October 2006


Went to the opening of the newest Country Music Club in the UK, The Clear Cut CMC, hosted by Don & Daz of Clear Cut and as you might expect, for the first night, Clear Cut did a couple of sets with Chris Raddings splitting the Duo with his solo set.
The music was superb with a mixture of Old / New Country and lots to Line Dance to, however this is billed as a Listening Club and was not really catered for as a Line Dance Venue.
We did manage to find a carpeted area to dance on but not really a good alternative to a dance floor.
.........Perhaps next time when Wrangler are the Guest artist........
Visit the Clear Cut CMC Website

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