Burnley, Macmillan Nurses and “Two Shades of Grey”………………..

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So it was off to deepest, darkest Lancashire this morning heading for the illustrious (?) town of Burnley (or West Islamabad as it is known to the locals) for a performance by my friend and colleague who forms one half of the group “Two Shades of Grey.” (www.2shadesofgrey.net).

The gig was being held at the “notorious” venue of Costa Coffee within the confines of the giant Tesco store in the town centre and was in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity (something I know is very dear to my friend).

The concert was in full flow when I arrived to an audience made up of both old and young, many of whom appeared to be regulars, as they all seemed to know each other.

During the three sessions they did a variety of numbers by such artists as Bobby Vee, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, The Drifters and a host…

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Arts & Crafts Festivals endure in villages

Last week saw the 41st Arts & Crafts Festival to take place in the village of Worsthorne, a village on the edge of Burnley, Lancashire,with a population of under 3,000 which dates back to the early 13 century.

There are probably hundreds of such events taking place around the country where local people bake cakes, display or sell their arts and crafts and raise money for the village.

The theme this year was the swinging sixties with displays of memorabilia from that era including material relating to Burnley F.C.

P1020868P1020870P1020871P1020872P1020873P1020867The  three-day festival also includes musical performances each evening. A mixture of music from the shows by Barrie Sharpley and soprano Caroline Taylor and popular music from 2 Shades of Grey plus friends Caroline Taylor and actor-singer Tony Cummings.

2 Shades performed on the Thursday night with a set of 60s songs starting with Memphis (Chuck Berry) and finishing on the Mersey with a Beatles song interspersed with songs from the Kinks, the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, the Walker Brothers, the Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits, the Mindbenders, Sam Cooke, Little Eva, and Cliff Richard.

Barrie Sharpley, the singer with 2 Shades, ran a quiz to test the audience’s memory of the 60s. Interestingly some people associated some of the songs with re-makes such as Kylie Monogue singing Locomotion. Good fun.


Last year was a special 40th Festival event