Despite a brief shower, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, one of the hottest of the year with temperatures in the 30's for the third Sunday Session on the 19th August 2012! Families were already finding spaces to settle down for the afternoons entertainment when the Open Mic started at just gone 1pm.

Just one entry this week with Mike Micheals performing 3 tracks jabbed from my mp3 player as he was unable to transfer the songs he wanted onto his in time. Considering he didn't have the opportunity to listen to the tracks to learn the new arrangements, he did a great job performing Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Mustang Sally (Committments) and No Particular Place To Go (Chuck Berry).

Next on stage was the first support act of the day collectively known as John Crowther (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Dave Thomas (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Friends. With Chrissie Thomas (vocals) and Peter Abernathy (Percussion), to perform some lip smackingly good acoustic blues including Cool Dry Place (Travelling Whilberries), Hesitation Blues (Art Gillham and Billy Smythe), Malted Milk (Robert Johnson), Love Me Like A Guitar (Alicia), Rock Me Baby (BB King), Motherless Chile Blues (Barbacue Bob), Stealin' Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band), Don't Ease Me In (Grateful Dead), Mood Swing (Bill Whyman's Rhythm King), The Ringtone Shuffle (original).

Taking the stage next was singer/songwriter Mark Cooper perfoming a mix of original and covers on acoustic guitar including Questions (original), I Love You (Avril Lavigne), Fall Asleep In My Arms (original), Panoramic View (original), Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip), Used To Be Broken (original), Only Honesty (original), If You Were Here (original).

Dixie were up next, fresh from touring with the Happy Mondays, the headline band of the afternoon were fantastic as always with their original ballsy rock n roll songs, with Adam Askew (vocals/harmonica), Noel Martin (Guitar), Noel Askew (Guitar), Dave Evans (Bass) and Ali Kember (Drums). Adam has a great voice backed up on harmonies by Noel and Dave, the music is a blend of guitar based indie rock pop that had us all stomping our feet! Their set consisted of tracks from their debut album including Sometimes All We Have Left Is Our Style including Everything, Monkey Man, American Radio, Crazy Crazy Crazy, Always Into Something, Used To Have A Friend Like You, Hey There Lady, Give My Name, Love Take Me, Pretty Dead, Sophia, Angels Don't Cry and their single What You Gonna Do. There was a debut of a new song there which I didn't catch the full title of .... will adjust if it's wrong! Keep up with the band on their website: Dixie Music and Dixie on MySpace or Twitter at #dixiemusic

Watch a video of Dixie

A big THANK YOU to Ruth Winston Centre, a local charity based in Palmers Green who promote independence, well-being and activities for the over 50s in Enfield and to St Harmonica's Blues Club for providing the PA.

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