Scarborough Events

 DELMONT HOTEL Scarborough January 24th 25th and 26th 2019 £150pp With optional extra informal night B&B and evening Buffet £35 pp Thurs 23rd

If you like to listen to Country Music like it used to be and are prepared to listen to the best traditional country music artists performing classic country in a relaxed concert atmosphere where the audience give the very best of order then you will be made most welcome at our Country Music Revival Weekend at the popular Delmont Hotel 

Great late night Acoustic jam sessions where you can let your hair down with the artists 

Join our family of friends that return every year for our very special reunion 

 After this years success  We are pleased to announce that the wonderful KALIBRE Will be joining us again at the Delmont Jan 2020 as resident artists for the whole weekend along with our regulars Dave Paisley and Travis Logan to complete an excellent weekend of pure country the likes of which can’t be found anywhere else 


Kalibre

Brian Thorntons Review of January 2019 Delmont weekend 


‘ We arrived at The Delmont Hotel in Scarborough on Friday for the start of the Country Music Weekend put on here for several years now by Steve Chase and Keith Middleton who are the country duo “Best Of Friends" The event is a true Country Music Listening weekend with all the artists chosen for their ability to put on a show of real true Country Music and over the Weekend we were treated to a fantastic feast of proper Country music to a very high standard as always Friday night’s show opened after a lovely evening meal with a brilliant performance by Middy (Keith Middleton) to kick things off in fine style with his superb voice and clever guitar playing and a great choice of material from his opening song “The Farmer’s Daughter” through a brilliant mix of covers of Lefty Frizzle , Merle Haggard, Gene Watson and many others and finished his first one hour set with a very appropriate song for me “A Sight For Sore Eyes” as I was recovering from Laser Eye surgery a few days earlier. Middy was followed on stage for the second hour by Dave Paisley again in top form with his great mix of classic Country Music and his lovely southern humour which adds superbly to get the audience in a party mood. His first hours set passed very quickly with his great ability learned through his many years performing up and down the country. The next up was a truly superb set mainly acoustic by Steve Chase and though I have had the pleasure of seeing Steve many times over the years this performance was outstanding. His choice of songs included some very soulful country ballads, many of which I had never heard before . Steve opened his set with the lovely Froggy song “ Some Day Soon” and continued with “ Everything I Love Is Killing Me”. As I said Steve turned off the backing tracks for most of this set and this shows true artistic ability and I am afraid a lot of today’s artists are unable to do this. Steve finished this superb set with” Some Memories Never Die” and it will be a long time before I for one will forget this brilliant set. Last up for this brilliant first night were the brilliant duo “ Kalibre” who are Bobby Reed  on guitar and vocals and Bob Dixon on Pedal Steel and Dobro and there could not have been a better way to end this first superb night than with a superb singer in Bobby and the truly magnificent steel guitar playing by Bob Dixon. In more than 30 years involved with the Country Music field I have heard some very good Steel players but in my opinion no one gets within miles of Bob Dixon on this very difficult instrument to play but Bob has a real “feel” for this instrument and his ability to drop back during the vocals and then to come in so smoothly and strongly on the instrumental breaks is just beyond description I myself have played guitar and keyboards for over 60 years and have never heard anyone with his amazing skill. This fantastic duo with superb vocals and fine mix of material from Bobby Reed brought our first evening to a close on stage but was followed by 3 Jam Session in the bar until early morning with some lively antics from the artists and guests. Saturday evening came around and afler another lovely evening meal we had more of the high class Country Music with all of the previous night’s artists plus the amazingly talented" Mr. Country “Travis Logan adding to the already highly talented line up. The night’s entertainment began with Steve and Middy on stage together as “ Best of Friends Duo“ and these two guys are great individually but even better as the duo who have worked together for so many years now they blend so well they are like one. Again a fabulous mix of material with both Steve and middy alternating on lead and harmony vocals and some great guitar work from them both. Middy loves Gene Watson and Vern Gosden and a lot of their songs were performed in brilliant style. Each of the guys was superb on either lead or harmony vocals and their hour long set just flew by. Next up was a fabulous set in his unique style of real traditional country Music and his exceptional guitar playing and deep powerful vocals gave us a brilliant set containing work from Red Foley, Vern Gosden and many others. Travis then did a clever trick of doing several songs made famous by female country artists like “Coat Of Many Colours” by Dolly Parton but luckily for Travis that is where the similarity ended as he is certainly not built like Dolly. Dave Paisley was next with another great performance in his own unique style with a lot of his clever banter between his great renditions of the best of traditional Country with a great mix of songs by Vern Gosdcn , Letty Frizzel and Jim Ed Brown ending with a great version of “Sweet  The final act on Saturday night was another great set by Bobby Reed and Bob Dixon with again fabulous vocals and amazing instrumental skills and Bobby Reed  if he wasn’t such a brilliant singer / guitarist could have made it great career as a comedian with his brilliant humour adding to the superb music. 'l'heir nights show ended with a truly amazing instrumental by Bob Dixon on Pedal Steel of the haunting “Misty” which absolutely blew me away. At the end of the night‘s music on stage once again it was followed by another session in the bar with Travis adding 1: Keyboard and Bnnjo to the other artists guitars to make a fabulous impromptu night which went on into the very early hours. How those guys manage to perform on the next night with so little sleep amazes me. The final night Sunday came along all too quickly and Kalibre opened the night‘s show as they had to knock down their equipment, prick their vehicle to travel back to the South of England that night as they had a gig the next day. It is a facet of being a professional musician that most audiences do not see or Appreciate the hard slog these guys put in for us to enjoy and only see them on stage. Once again Kalibre were brilliant as they were throughout the weekend and l for one wish they got up to our end of the country more often Next up was Dave paisley for his last spot of the weekend and again provided the audience with an excellent performance to round off ‘his excellent contribution to the weekend Travis Logan come next with his final set of the weekend rind what more can I say than each of his sets throughout the weekend were just amazing and each one seemed to outdo the previous ones. What a fabulous mix of‘works by Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy, Porter Wagner, Ed Bruce ,Dan Seals and‘Charlie Pride came out from his extensive repertoire to bring his contribution to an all  too early conclusion  The job of closing this absolutely top class real country weekend fell to our our hosts  and promoters , Steve and Middy which they did in superb style and It was very sad to think that the lovely weekend of brilliant musical skills and superb artistry was ended  for another year It is testament however to the top quality of this annual event lo that many had signed up tor next year's event on Sunday morning and l for one am looking forward to that too. finally I would like To thank the Delmont managerment and staff for their part in giving us a splendid weekend and to Steve and Middy for giving us such a brilliant time  Brian 

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Brian Thornton’s excellent report of our weekend at the Delmont Jan 2018 

 The Delmont Hotel in Scarborough was our next stop for a weekend of Real Country Music put on by Steve Chase and long term duo partner Middy. We have been attending this fantastic event for several years and have always found it to be the best in the calendar. Held in the small but very comfortable Delmont Hotel this is a real treat for lovers of true Country Music performed by the best country music artists on the British scene. Most of the audience have like us attended for many years which is a testament to the top quality of entertainment put on by Steve and Middy.

This year it took on a new format with all the artists being resident for the whole three days

and each performing a set each evening. The artists this time were Best of Friends Duo (Steve and Middy, Travis Logan, Dave Paisley and the amazing duo Kalibre , who I had the privilege of hearing for the first time this weekend and what a treat that was. After our excellent evening meal the music was launched in fine style by our hosts Steve Chase and Middy with a great first set with great vocals and instrumental ability by these two very experienced artists Steve announced that the artists had all gotten their heads together with the object of going all weekend with no song repeated and this was achieved even though there was more than 16 hours of music to get through.

Travis Logan followed in the second set in his own incomparable style with his superb deep and powerful voice and brilliant guitar skills. Travis researches hundreds of country music classics and brings out songs that no one on the circuit does and then picks up his acoustic guitar to perform several of his great "Gunfighter "songs.

The third act on this first night was another great long time top performer Dave Paisley who like Travis performs all the best in traditional Country songs but in a quieter and more relaxed form. Dave performs lots of works by people like Lefty Frizzel and Bobby Bare and is a very accomplished guitar player and a very amusing and comical artist with his witty repartit in between songs adding to the all round entertainment.

 

Just when I began to think things cannot carry on at this superb level we were introduced to the last act of the evening Kalibre. This absolutely brilliant duo of Bobby Reed on vocals and guitar and the outstanding Bob Dixon on Pedal steel and Dobro just blew me away

completely. These guys have been together for many years and it shows in the quality of their performance. Immediately after their first song Bobby Reed kicked off his superb humour by making fun of Bob Dixon's deadpan appearance which added to their great show The excellent vocals from Bobby Reed and amazing faultless skill from Bob Dixon on both Pedal steel and Dobro was just beyond words and the instantaneous changes on these instruments was just beyond comprehension. This wound up the first night and sent those who wanted to back to their rooms more than satisfied. The night however was not over as all the artists and most of the artists moved across the corridor for an acoustic jam session until 4p.m.in the morning

 

During the day the people are able to do their own thing with trips into Scarborough and

Whitby etc. at their leisure and then returning for another super evening.meal The

entertainment carried on right through the weekend at this brilliant level but each night

seemed to get better than the previous one During the weekend the artists performed in

different order and as Steve gad said at the beginning of the weekend no song was performed twice and it was truly refreshing to not hear any of the done to death non country pop stuff trotted out at supposedly "Country" venues in the guise of country to appease the line dancers. This is a real country event with a listening and attentive audience which unfortunately are few and far between now.

 

The last night Sunday arrived all too quickly with Kalibre taking the stage first as the guys had to travel down to their homes in Somerset to perform the next night and faced a journey of approximately seven hours after completing their set. This is a side that the audiences do not get to see and just shows the hard work and dedication of these artists to come to the venues to entertain us and it always annoys me when so many audiences show disrespect by talking loudly through their performances at some venues, fortunately not at this one After further brilliant sets by Travis Logan ,Middy it fell to Dave Paisley to bring this absolutely knockout weekend to a close with a great last performance..

I am sure I can speak for everyone at this great event when I thank Steve and Middy for

putting on this weekend of pure country music magic and also all the staff at the hotel who worked tirelessly to serve us and give us a truly unforgettable weekend and roll on to next year's event.

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