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Oh me, oh my, what a night. For those old enough to remember Woodstock the first time around this event was just as good! The acoustic gig to beat all acoustic gigs (perhaps).
To bring an end to celebrating Roger’s MBE and to echo his achievements in guitar building ( don’t call him a master luthier), Moira, Roger’s longsuffering (and loving) wife organised a surprise do. She invited, secretly, a huge selection of Fylde artists, and the response was astonishing.
Almost eight months in the making and a more closely guarded secret than the government’s Brexit plans it all went off without a hitch. Roger was caught, hook, line and sinker and it was obvious from his reactions that he had no idea what was happening when he arrived at the Roundthorn Country House hotel where a whole host of family and artists waited to give him a great night of celebration. "How come I didn’t realise!" said Roger.
One of Roger’s favourite artists is Nic Jones, and his favourite song is Nic’s version of Canadee I-O and Nic was there to open proceedings, singing that very song with his son Joe playing guitar for him. What a start.
Here i sthe video of every performance: a big thank you to all who took part: Nic and Joe Jones; Tristan Seume; Vin Garbutt; David Mead; Bridget Guest and Roy Wilcox; Adam Palma; David Walters; John Smith; Terry Vickerstaff; Bob Fox and Stu Luckley; Gordon Giltrap; Liz Moore, Sue Bousfield and Dave Walmsley; Peter Howarth; Megan and Joe Henwood; Dan Wilde; Eric and Ulrika Bibb; Troy Donockley; David Buckingham; Elliott Morris; Will McNicol and Innes Watson!
Of course, each and every one of the performers was brilliant, which is not easy with just one song, but they all took it in their professional stride. A few of the hardier ones had a chance of extra stage time in the early hours of Saturday morning. This video is a compliation of those perfromances. We must give a special thanks to sound engineer Nigel Sumner and his team.
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