Where the entertainers come to be entertained ...

Where entertainers come to be entertained ...

Hi, following requests for another night of musical mayhem, we have acquired the use of The Tavern Pub at The Hallgarth Manor Country House Hotel at Pittington, about 3 mins from the A1(M).

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The evenings are held fortnightly on a Tuesday and we kick off at about 8pm, although early arrival is advised as it is already very popular.

We’re looking for all entertainers in Acoustic / Electro acoustic style and we’ll have a PA with mikes, effects and a couple of small acoustic amps. Also there will be bass gear and Uncle Colin as resident backing guitar/synth. It’s a lovely little venue so please come along, strut your stuff, and have a laugh.

Hope to see you there, Regards

Jim Tait

Just a taste of what is in store ....

Friday, 29 October 2010

26th October 2010 - New Faces, Old Faces ...... What a night it was !!

What a great night again ! A super turn-out and great to see our newbie, Andy doing a great little set and arousing the girls in the Smoggy group. We had some great visitors and it was really good to see Leah O’Neal back in our midst. Great girl, great voice, who cares if the key’s right or not, she just gets on with it. Don’t forget we need all your support next night which is the 9th November when I will not be with you all due to circumstances beyond my control but you will be in the extremely capable hands of Alan Prudhoe, who with Col and Stewy will whip you all into shape (with the help of Burgomeister Rocks). Thanks again to all performers.
So have a great night and keep watching the website for YouTube excerpts.Especially you Leah !!
See you soon,

Jim Tait 

Monday, 25 October 2010

Let's do it again .....

Hi everybody, looking forward to seeing everybody tomorrow night at the Hallgarth Manor (26th Oct) Everybody welcome so get in nice and early before the rush!
See you all there.

Jim Tait 

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

'Twas a braw bricht moonlicht nicht ....

Thanks everybody for making last night a real success! How were we to know we were about to entertain 28  passengers from Glasgow’s answer to Coach Trip?
It made it all worthwhile when they told us at the end of the night that they go on a lot of coach trips and that last night had been the best entertainment that they’d ever had!
I must agree, you lot really showed them what we were all about! Really sorry that some of our regulars missed it, it was a different sort of night to say the least.
Try and make the next night which is on Tuesday 26th October, same time, same place and let’s see who we get in this time.
Thanks again to all participants and a special TA ! to Davey Hodges who did an outstanding job, stepping in at the last moment to cover on electric guitar for Colin, who unfortunately , wasn’t a lot better this morning when I called him.
I’ll send out a reminder before the next debacle so hang in there and mark up your diaries for Tuesday 26th October and Music at The Manor.


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Tuesday 12th Oct - Mayhem at The Manor

Good morning everybody and a special invitation to anyone who hasn’t shared a night with us at The Village Tavern, attached to Hallgarth Manor Country House Hotel at Pittington, Co Durham (just off the A690 and follow the signs.) We’re back this Tuesday 12th October in force, so get along and enjoy some real ‘live’ music (no tracks allowed!).
We need singers, instrumentalists and plain old audience-type people to add to our already good numbers so if you know anyone who might like a night of jollity and good music plus free food courtesy of the management, come along this Tuesday when we kick-off about 8pm.
Lokoing forward to seeing you and don’t forget : there are no such things as strangers, only friends that you haven’t had the chance to insult yet.
Thanks to all who attended the charity show at The Cumby Arms on Sat night ! What a great night! Alison and Barbara raised £1040.

Jimbo, Big Al, Stewy, Col, the Davy’s, yodelling Geoff, sensible Jeff, Netty Sneck, Gastric Band + Ange and all connected including the Legend who is Malcolm Rocks and Greg and Mrs Greg
Jim Tait 

Friday, 1 October 2010

I'm back .,.... to let you know I can really shake 'em down ....

Hi everybody, 
Well, I’m back from hols and really enjoyed them but missed the Hallgarth, especially as Big Al said the food was even better than usual! Thanks again to the Management for allowing us to create the best Live Music Venue in the North. Thanks to Paddy MacDee for his mentions on BBC Newcastle and the guys at The Informer for their support. We’re all back on the 12th October for another fun-filled frolic (provided I can find my PA and guitar that is).
Lastly, a huge thankyou to Big Al for doing an outstanding job in covering for me but he’s outstanding anyway!
Let’s keep this going while we’re on top and show the North-East what “Live “ music really means.
See you all on the 12th October.
Please make sure you’ve got your tickets for the Charity Show at Heighington (Cumbie Arms) on the 9th Oct. I am genuinely led to believe that there aren’t many tickets left.

While I’m at it, don’t forget the 30th October at The Zazz Supper Theatre in Houghton-le-Spring . I can guarantee the best night you’ll have for a long time with Rudi West and Mark Allen. The tickets are supposed to be £12 but all friends of the Hallgarth and their friends and relatives are entitled to a special price of £10 (includes your bait!)
We’re really trying to get this venue up and running and it’s a superb venue so give ‘us a hand and come on the 30th!
I’ve attached a flyer so have a gander and ring the box office or just get back to me. (I’m compering!)

Jim Tait