We were honoured and delighted to be invited by the Friends of Hilly Fields to organise a Sunday Session live music concert last year for the Bandstand located in beautiful Hilly Fields Park, just off Browning Road, Clay Hill, Enfield! Set in a wonderful location, the bandstand sits in a small hollow, surrounded by gently raised sides which make it ideally suited for both audience and the bands acoustics. The event starts later than our Sunday Sessions at Broomfield Park and we chose NOT to include an open mic section here, mainly because we wished to stick with the format which this long running annual event has used successfully (Hey if it isn't broken...!! )

With sun shining and a gentle breeze stirring the grass, people started to gather whilst the band set up and sound checked. It was lovely to see so many families setting up their picnics and some familiar faces in the crowd which grew remarkably quickly too!! The music started at 3pm with a selection of folk and popular covers performed on acoustic guitar by singer/songwriter Jim Dawson, who also sang some of his own rather good songs accompanied by Lou on percussion and entertained everyone during the band breaks.

The inimitable RoXi and the Blue Cats opened up their set at 3.30pm by performing an old familiar Etta James favourite 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You' and it was great to see the band in full swing again despite the sad loss of regular sound engineer John Perrin who sadly passed away in March 2008. Also a stalwart supporter of the Hilly Fields events and friend of the organiser Tony Claydon, John was a familiar figure who was often present either behind a sound desk or just to enjoy the day.

RoXi's voice soared with emotion as she sang and the band played with a sensitivity and depth of feeling that captured and held our attention with some great blues tracks including Tore Down, Gimme Some Loving and Mustang Sally to name a few. Newcomer to the band on Drums was Jim Gardner (Blulix, The Haunting A.D., The Donkeys) whose solid playing complimented by Phil Plant on Bass and Rick Moxon on rhythm guitar created a great rhythm section. Standing in for their new guitarist Ricky who had to pull out due to family illnes, was old bandmate Steve Burrows on Lead Guitar and taking over on the sound desk was Tom Moxon, an excellently qualified replacement who not only works for the BBC sound department, but is also the son of rhythm guitarist Rick :-)

Despite the upbeat atmosphere of the afternoon's music, it was a poignant moment when the Blue Cats launched into their version of 'As The Years Go Passing By', which they had earlier dedicated to John.

We would like to thank Tony Claydon for inviting us to participate and look forward to organising another day for them next year!

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Visit the Friends of Hilly Fields website to read more about the music concerts
Web: www.hillyfields.info and RoXi & the Blue Cats website for more photos!



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