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February 8. As usual in February this was a Valentines themed evening with the hall appropriately decorated and the ladies receiving a red rose on arrival. Also this evening was the club’s annual performance of the Trilogy when the club honours those who have given their lives in conflict and remembers loved ones and club friends who have passed away in the last 12 months, namely Gerald Brooks, John Nash and Eddy Farmer. In addition to many of our regulars the attendance was boosted by others attracted by the appearance of Rancher and it was pleasing to see the respect from everyone while the Trilogy was taking place.

A first this evening was the replacement of the usual tea light candles on the tables with bottle lights. These looked particularly effective when the hall lights were turned off as Rancher entertained us with another high quality performance. After 27 years of performing together it is no wonder that Steve Lovett and John Hallett are one of the UK’s most professional country music duos. Good vocals and live music from Steve on lead guitar and John’s skills with bass guitar, slap bass and acoustic guitar were enhanced by Steve’s self-made backing tracks. No surprise from this class act was the inclusion of the latest popular songs such as Close Enough to Walk, the requested Tennessee Whiskey and the final song, I Close my Eyes.