We were blessed with glorious sunshine for our second Sunday Session at Broomfield Park, Palmers Green on 9 August 2009. The open mic started with Paul accompanying on Lead Guitar and backing tracks for last weeks entrant Alan who this week sang Born to be Wild, 20th Century Boy, Smoke On The Water plus Cigarettes and Alcohol.

There was a change of line up with Pete Wood Band and the T-Jays replacing Slashed Seat Affair and Brian Nash at short notice. Our sympathy and condolences go out to Nasher and family whose father passed away recently.

The format also changed a little this year with Stone Pony kicking off at 2pm with Dan singing a few rousing numbers before the guest bands performed. Despite having a late gig the previous evening, the guys were in fine fettle and got the crowd singing along from the outset.

After Stone Pony had warmed up the audience, they called on Ted, Jeremy and Joe who make up the The T-Jays to do a set. Some may remember this trio appearing on the open mic section a few years ago when they had just formed and they have grown into an exceptionally tight acoustic 3 piece with great harmonies on tracks like Help (Beatles) and Listen To The Music (Doobie Brothers) and my particular favourite Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) that complement whoever is singing lead at the time! Lead singer Joe Hovis has a great personality and melodic voice as does Jeremy whose voice soared beautifully on You Make Me Feel Like The One (Stereophonics). Their rhythmic guitar playing required little in the way of enhancement although the addition of Niol Sweeney from Stone Pony on drums made some tracks jump along very nicely indeed.

Next up on stage was the Pete Wood Band - fronted by the enigmatic man himself whose voice is reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan with attitude! He performed a range of covers in a folky/bluesy style from the familiar standards like Nadine and Hoochie Coochie Man to suprisingly good versions of Beatles track Come Together and Jimi Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower accompanied by Jesse Thomas, Sam Gannon on Bass and Guitar plus Niol Sweeney on Drums (what a hard working drummer he is!).

We were running a little bit over time when Stone Pony got up to perform their second and final set of what had already been a great afternoons entertainment! Needless to say the guys kept us all jumping and singing along to a variety of old and new covers with each band member taking a turn on lead vocals, at one point joined by guest singer who did a romping version of Tom Pettys Mary Janes Last Dance with backing vocals from Pete Wood and Laura (Catfish). Particular fav's of the day for me were Niol singing Paranoid, Dan singing Break Free, Noel singing 500 Miles and .... Bruce Springsteen on Born in the USA .... well ok ... so Damien isn't the man himself ... but he did The Boss proud with his version today!! Stone Pony comprises of Niol Sweeney (Drums), Dan Sweeney (Bass Guitar), Damien O'Brien (Guitar) and Noel Martin (Guitars).

Watch a clip from Sunday Sessions music concert with Nasher backed by Stone Pony in 2007!

Browse photos of Stone Pony, Pete Wood and the TJ's below - click on the image title link to view larger picture which opens in a new window (may require popups and/or javascript enabled depending on your browser settings).

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