A Country Star Shines Brightly.

Patsy Cline the Concert
Theatre Severn
2:April:2013

A grand title considering poor Ms Cline has been dead fifty years after leaving us in the true Rock ‘n ’Roll style. She was killed in a plane crash in 1963. But of course her impact on the Country Music scene was without doubt one of the greatest contributions that any artist could only ever dream of making in their respective fields.

She was undeniably a star and Wilbur and Orville Wright have a lot to answer for introducing planes in the first place.

That apart, Sandy Kelly is undeniably the next best thing. Talk about charisma, this lady literally ignited the stage. She was like a firework show. As mistress of the quick costume change Sandy pulled the audience into the heart of the performance and in return entered the hearts of all whom were there.

Singing throughout her highly impressive range she delighted the crowd with renditions of all of Patsy greatest hits and the audience not only lapped it up but sang along.

As if that wasn’t enough, onto the stage stepped the great George Hamilton the Fourth.  As a personal friend of Patsy Cline, George regaled us with tales of experiences he shared with her and all the excitement of the Grand Ole Opry. It was fascinating to see him and he certainly added a little bit of Opry folklore. George has been part of it for fifty three years and is still so highly revered in the world of Country Music.

The framework for the show was a little dubious. It was entitled, in full; An evening of nostalgia….recreating the fiftieth Anniversary Concert of Patsy Cline.  Fiftieth anniversary of what? One asks.  The only cap that fitted was, it has been fifty years since her untimely demise in 1963. Maybe a grisly reference point to hinge the show on?

That said, this gig is amazing. Sandy Kelly is note perfect and can really find the spirit of Patsy and layer it beautifully into her own, amazing vocal. The back line alone was enough to have held the whole show together. They were brilliant.  Comprising keys, slide guitar, lead guitar, lead bass guitar, dobra, drums and beautiful backing vocals. They were so good.

Overall this show was a pleasure and like the rest of the audience this reviewer sang at the top of his lungs. Sorry to the two nice ladies in front who didn’t once complain. We may have lost Patsy but we have got Sandy Kelly.

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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