Saturday, 17 September 2016

Caught Live: Mike & Suzi Sheridan @ Wootton Wawen 16/09/16

#1,166: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A trip to go see 'Brum Beat' legend Mike Sheridan has long been on the radar for Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). So the 45 mile journey to the homely and friendly Wootton Wawen Social Club to see Mike performing alongside wife Suzi just five (5) miles from away from Stratford-upon-Avon in deepest darkest Warwickshire last night (Friday 16th September) was, for me, truly a real pleasure.

Before we go any further, a brief overview is in order. Mike's musical career is the stuff of legends having fronted The Nightriders with Roy Wood before their departures eventually led to the formation of The Idle Race when a young Jeff Lynne replaced Johnny Mann (who in turn had replaced Roy) and the rest, they say, is history. Mike also formed a fruitful songwriting partnership with Rick Price and in doing so wrote the singles "Ebenezer" and "Alley Alley" for Sight 'n' Sound before they recorded together for Gemini Records in the early seventies before the advent of pseudonym Elmer Goodbody Jnr. and his career beyond. The stories of Mike Sheridan and Sight 'n' Sound will hopefully be the subject of elobf articles in days yet future.

Fast forwarding to 2016, Mike & Suzi Sheridan remain a class act. They effortlessly covered a multitude of classic tunes from the fifties through to the eighties last night, interspersing proceedings with some genuinely amusing jokes, puns, comedy, humour and the odd insult! Suzi's renditions of "Move Over Darling" and "Lately" were fantastic whilst Mike included a nice version of Roy Orbison's "You Got It", the final Nightriders release on Columbia Records: "Don't Turn Your Back On Me" and Geoff Turton a.k.a. Jefferson's "The Colour Of My Love". This was truly a fun and entertaining night in the best of company! Go see 'em!
In the Spotlight: KJS with Mike & Suzi Sheridan
Mike & Suzi Sheridan are back at Wootton Wawen Social Club on Friday 21st October and every third Friday in the month thereafter. You can also find out more about Mike Sheridan (and even buy some of his releases) via his official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Mike Sheridan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 17-Sep-2016

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