There was almost another full house at the latest Gliderdrome dance which featured a return visit for Dave Finnegan – who now has his own band.
I have to admit that he seemed a long while getting into the show and at times appeared to ‘lose’ the crowd with some of his songs: perhaps a little too ‘souly’ for the Boston aficionados?
However, he quickly got back on course with some of the old favourites including among others Soul Man and Sad Sad Song before ending with Mustang Sally and Try a Little Tenderness.
He was backed by a six-piece band and two girl singers; overall a fine performance, despite the early wobbles!
Getting the evening underway was another return visit, the Motor City Vipers from Peterborough who, as last time, brought many fans with them.
The Vipers, a superb eight-piece soul band, got off to a good start with vocalists Lisa and Andy carried on from previous visits with an excellent set including Be Young and SOS before ending with Love Train. An excellent set from a band which could easily be top of the bill for a future show.
A huge investment by the Gliderdrome paid off with the unveiling of the new systems. Power Rated from Lincoln, are responsible, George Harrison looking after the sound and his wife Lucy taking control of the lights. From comments heard during and after the show it seems the venue has got it right for the future!
Review by Dave Peatling