Last hurrah for Derrick

Trio Country Club, Old Leake - review by Jane Pearson

ALTHOUGH we arrived early for Derrick Goodrick’s last show at this venue people were already queuing up to go in.

The show began with Derrick thanking everyone for their support over the 15 years he has been involved with the club, before compere Neil Armstrong

Compere Neil Armstrong introduced the first act. Sally Glennon, is a vocalist and keyboard player and was ably backed by her father on accordion - an unusual combination. She launched into Tiger by the Tail, from Buck Owens, followed with songs from Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Rita McNeil.

Shawn Cuddy’s band did a short instrumental number before Shawn appeared and went straight into the lively Merry Go Round. People were soon clapping along. This was followed by Ferlin Husky’s Wings of a Dove, and the romantic ballad Nearest to Perfect. Fields of Athenry had the audience joining in. Things - an old Bobby Darin classic - practically had Shawn doing gymnastics - he certainly gets full marks for energy.

I particularly liked A Song From My Daddy. When The Crystal Chandeliers made an appearance, after quite a few years, it triggered off audience participation once again, and Rivers of Babylon, by Boney M was accompanied by lots of arm waving.

All in all, it was a super show with a very convivial atmosphere. I’m sure it was enjoyed by one and all.

The hard work put in by Derrick, Hilda and helpers will be sadly missed.