Dec 14th - Newcastle Cluny
Some people gauge the arrival of Christmas when cards and calendars appear in the shops, for others it’s when the Advent calendars appear - especially the chocolate ones….(hmm?). Other people hang on until Halloween or maybe as long even as Guy Fawkes Night before getting the trees and lights out - a good month before the High Streets. For me though, Christmas begins with Aynsley’s December Tour, especially when it swings through Newcastle towards it’s climax. Such a party atmosphere, meeting up with Aynsley's Forum regulars Tilerman & Bluebell as well as Newcastle crew like Michael Hurst and even Andrew & Keith Pipe from The Mentulls turned out (first time I think since they opened for Aynsley at the Cluny show back in 2015).
This year, as ever, Aynsley & the guys were on top form as they sparkled through their split set, starting with All Your Love and Inside Out and Aynsley hitting an especially funky groove during Hyde 2612. and in the 2nd half, really getting his Blues on during Tore Down.
There’s also a some special significance to this run of shows as after a 6 year stint I hear that Steve Amadeo is stepping down from Bass duties. No doubt he’ll be springing up somewhere down the road, lending someone his silken skills and expertise but his corner of the stage won’t be easy to fill for the ALB. We wish you well Steve and look forward to catching up with you down the road, soon.
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........