February 9. The Valentines event saw the hall decorated for the occasion with hearts, balloons etc. and the ladies received a red rose. Some were dressed for the annual performance of the Trilogy when the club honours those who have given their lives in conflict and remembers loved ones and friends who have passed away in the last year, namely Carol Collins, Lawrie Bingham and the artiste Gary Perkins. Those who took part entered and left the hall to Special Absent Friends and the ceremony was performed to Mickey Newbury’s version of The Trilogy.
The entertainment was provided by Harrison County and it was good to see Chris Harris on (vocals) and Jim Martin (pedal steel & fiddle) back together again for one of their occasional gigs. They were a regular duo until about 8 years ago but now Chris usually goes out solo and Jim is part of Black Steel. During three very enjoyable sets, which contained many well performed familiar songs, I welcomed the inclusion of some newer material such as two of Brett Young’s best numbers (In Case You Didn’t Know and Mercy) and Burn Out by Midland, an American country band formed in 2016. A newer song maybe but a heartbreak ballad in true country style.