April 14th. Rancher’s popularity with line dancers is as strong as ever and with many regulars also attending there was a full house. On their website Rancher wrongly gave our address as New HIVE lane which was quite apt really as the place was certainly buzzing. A feature of this duo - Steve Lovett (lead vocals & lead guitar) and John Hallett (Electric & Double bass) is that they regularly update their content with newer songs, and their backing tracks are mixed by Steve in his own studio. Cross Country’s current top dance All The King’s Horses was sung early on with one of my own current favourites, Ice Cold Corona, coming in the second set. Maybe a Gypsy Queen put a bit of a curse on Steve at the beginning of the third set as there was a slight technical hitch and he had trouble remembering the words. All treated with good humour and he soon recovered when he got back to his Roots (Zac Brown style),
Fiona was thanked for baking a lemon drizzle cake for Steve & John and they expressed their appreciation for the supply of coffee from Fred. Plenty of shouts for more and the evening ended with Champagne Promise,
Sadly, we learnt this evening that a former club regular, Mary Bowen, had passed away on Monday after suffering a heart attack. When Mary lost her husband Ron two years ago she decided to move back to Essex to be near her family. They were both regular country music fans and loved both club events and festivals. They were great friends of Dave, our DJ, who I plan to feature in a brief profile with next month’s report.