What a beautiful sunny day it was for the third Sunday Session on the 21st August 2012! Families were already finding spaces to settle down for the afternoons entertainment when the Open Mic section started at 1pm, despite there being no competition this year!

An unusual and welcome addition to the open mic this year were Carol, Christine and Buzz .. three ladies collectively known as Take Three. The ladies performed accappella on Swing Down Chariot, african song called Sea Humba (apologies if the spelling is incorrect!) and Snap, Crackle & Pop .. yes .. the song from the advert! What a treat it was to hear their wonderful harmonies!

Next Up to perform was Eleni singing her original songs on backing tracks called Lies, Good or Bad and Antidote. Three great pop tracks with good music production and emotive lyrics which Eleni performed with great professionalism and emotion. Eleni has a lovely voice and range which suited the songs admirably ... we loved her set!

Taking the stage next was singer/songwriter Shen who appeared last week with Chris. This week Shen played on acoustic guitar performing her songs I Owe You That Much, Dreams and a cover version of Why Don't You Do Right (Peggy Lee). Shen has a lovely voice and her original songs tell a story with clarity and sensitivity. Wonderful music!

Regulars were pleased to see The Duvet Covers take the stage for a support slot this year with Alan (vocals) and Paul (lead guitar/backing vox) accompanied by Kevin (drums). Alan and Paul have been regulars on at the open mic for the past couple of years, with Alan often singing acappella. Tt was lovely to see them performing classic blues/rock tracks like Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters), Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf), a very funky version of Redhouse (Hendrix), Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple), Hard To Handle (Otis Redding), Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones), Cigarettes and Alcohol (Oasis). Despite lacking a bass player and the live drums drowning out the backing track at one point, the guys played a great rocking set to get our toes tapping!

Up next were Stop The Press with Craig McMorrow (vocals/guitar), Mehemet Raif (guitar), Mickey (bass/backing vocals), Niol Sweeney (drums) with some great melodic original songs including Answers, Get Away, City Lights, Strange, Back and Forth. Craig has a great voice and writes songs with lyrical depth and catch melodic hooks that draw you in. All the musicians are consumate professionals who play regularly together in various line ups and it shows by their tight sound. A great local band worth checking out! Craig McMorrow on YouTube.

Fresh from touring with Shaun Rider, the penultimate band of the afternoon Dixie blew us away with their original ballsy rock songs, with Adam Askew (vocals/percussion), 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 funky blues rock pop that had us all stomping our feet! Their set consisted of tracks from their debut album Sometimes All We Have Left Is Our Style including Everything, Crazy Crazy Crazy, Monkey Man, Always Into Something, Pretty Dead, American Radio, Angels Don't Cry and their new single What You Gonna Do Keep up with the band on their website: Dixie Music and Dixie on MySpace or Twitter at #dixiemusic

Watch a video of Dixie

Headlining the afternoons entertainment were one of our favourite rock bands Temper Diablo whose tight sound, cracking songs and energy are always a hit with the audience. The band was in fine form this afternoon with Miah Brennan's (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards) passionate voice bringing life to the strong lyrics of My Son's Eyes to start off the set. Accompanied by the talented Noel Martin (Guitars/Vocals) whose guitar weaved, wailed and screamed whilst accomplished bass player Micky Hegarty and drummer/percussionist Niol Sweeney provided intricate but solid rhythms and supplied backing vocals!

It was a real treat to hear original songs taken from their new album Comfort In Violence which included My Son's Eyes, Blood, Gypsy, We Die In The Story, The Wait, 5am and Surrender. Another great band to watch ...!!

Watch a video of Temper Diablo

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