Out with the book club – to see Garry Tallent and Kevin Montgomery

It’s been such a busy week, it hardly seems two minutes since we went to see Kevin Montgomery and Garry Tallent at the brilliant Bristol venue, The Tunnels – so called because it is in a pair of tunnels -well, actually railway archways, under Temple Meads Station. Temple Meads was opened on 31 August 1840; it was then the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from Paddington Station in London; the railway and station were both designed Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

I’ve strayed away from the gig which was last Saturday; Garry Tallent, in case you don’t know is one of the founder members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. Garry is the bass player in the band, and also plays the tuba… in the E-Street Band? I’m sure not many people know that – well maybe the band’s fans do! To be honest, I like a few of Springsteen’s well-known songs, but I’m not really a fan. However, I am a big fan of Kevin Montgomery who organised Garry’s tour and provided the support.

My husband was keen to go and see Garry, and when I asked my book-club, two of them plus a husband came too, so we had a really nice evening together! I really didn’t know what to expect from Garry, although Kevin is usually the main act when I go to his gigs and  I was keen to see him. I was very excited when he came onstage, with Sean Snook – a really fantastic guitarist, Etienne Gerard on bass, and the legendary Johnny McKinnon on keyboard! If you have never been to a Kevin gig, you really have to go next time he is in  your area… he is a great raconteur, very funny, very interesting and has a great heritage – his dad, Bob Montgomery was Buddy Holly’s early partner and wrote many songs with him. Kevin has some great stories – and some great songs.

After an interval, Garry and his band came; he was supported by Eddie Angel, who I confess I have never heard of, but is an amazing guitar player, a very handsome man, and with a really pleasant, modest manner, Jimmy Lester on drums, someone on fiddle (sorry, I missed his name) and Kristi Rose adding vocals and a dramatic performance! I enjoyed it, enjoyed Garry’s stories, but to be honest, really it wasn’t quite my sort of music! However I stayed near the stage and grooved, and had a splendid night – out at a gig, and with my friends! what could be better!



Still buzzing!

I must come down to earth and write a proper review of the Saturday night gig, Kevin Montgomery and Garry Tallent in Bristol at a great venue, the Tunnells, under Brunel’s Temple Meads Station in Bristol!

However, in the meantime, her is another great video of Kevin – the film isn’t so good, but the sound isn’t too bad!!


Tennessee Girl – isn’t it great?!

I’ll write a proper review of the gig I went to on Saturday night… in the meantime, here is a great song from Kevin Montgomery. He organised the tour by Garry Tallent, and played support, and although I enjoyed Garry’s set – really it was Kevin that I enjoyed the most! It was a great night though… but more of that later…

Meanwhile a very youthful Kevin with a great song…



Nancy with the laughing face

We met someone recently called Nancy, and afterwards we remarked Nancy was no longer a very common name, which is surprising for several reasons – older names are becoming really fashionable and Nancy is such a pretty name.

Thinking back, I can’t actually remember anyone I was at school with called Nancy, nor worked with, nor taught… Someone my dad worked with had a wife called Nancy, and my husband had a great-aunt with that name. In some figures I came across for, 2015, Nancy came 71/100, so maybe it will creep back in.

Nancy originated from Ann, or Anne,, and thinking back, sometimes my dad called my sister Anne, Nancy/Nance/Nan. There are quite a few famous Nancies (but in the list I looked at there were quite a few I didn’t know!

  • Nanci Griffith -singer
  • Nancy, Lady Astor, (née  Witcher Langhorne)
  • Nancy Dell’Olio, Italian lawyer
  • Nancy Mitford, English novelist and biographer
  • Nancy O’Dell, American  journalist
  • Nancy Pelosi, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States
  • Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress
  • Nancy Wilson the singer

The name crops up in fiction too, including a character in Swallows and Amazons, and in Oliver Twist. Nancy, Nance, or nancy-boy is also slang for someone who is gay – I’m not sure how current it is though!

Then of course there is the city  of Nancy in France, and its surrounding  arrondissement de Nancy.

And songs, apparently, although I don’t know it, Ed Sheeran has a song he wrote about his grandmother, and the famous Frank Sinatra song, Nancy with the laughing face. I have just found out while looking up things about Nancy, that there is a funny story attached to the song… Here is what Wikipedia says:

Nancy (with the Laughing Face)” is a song composed in 1942 by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics by Phil Silvers. It is commonly believed that the song was written for the birthday of Nancy Sinatra. This was a misunderstanding that eventually led to the song being recorded by Frank Sinatra. Former broadcast executive and music historian Rick Busciglio tells the story of the song’s inception as related to him by Van Heusen:

In 1979, I was working with songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen on a TV special with Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope that was never produced. Jimmy told me that one day (circa 1942) he and his lyricist Johnny Burke were working at 20th Century-Fox composing for a film. While Burke was out of their writer’s bungalow, Phil Silvers, the comedian, a friend to both, entered and suggested to Jimmy that they write a song for Johnny’s wife, Bessie, who was soon to celebrate a birthday. Silvers provided the lyrics, later revised by Van Heusen and Burke.
At the party they sang “Bessie… with the laughing face.” It was such a hit that they used it at other female birthday events. When they sang it as “Nancy… with the laughing face” at little Nancy Sinatra’s birthday party, Frank broke down and cried thinking that it was written specially for his daughter – the trio wisely didn’t correct him. Jimmy assigned his royalties to Nancy after Frank recorded it for Columbia in 1944.

Here is  Nancy’s song, from Oliver Twist, the musical by Lionel Bart, sung here by Judy Garland:

By the way, my featured image is of anonymous fashion model, i just thought she had a Nancy-like face.