On the Beat with Robert Nichols; ELAINE PALMER & ANDREW .JOHNSON, THE VANE ARMS, THORPE THEWLES

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On the Beat with Robert Nichols; ELAINE PALMER & ANDREW .JOHNSON, THE VANE ARMS, THORPE THEWLES


LAST Thursday we had an early bird glimpse at a new monthly live music night winging its way to The Vane Arms, Thorpe Thewles in mid-February.

Elaine Palmer and Andrew Johnson provided the acoustic sounds to entertain the diners and bar propper uppers, like us. Oh and another thing - it is free in. But you can make a contribution to top up the pay for the entertainers, which is a nice way to show how much you enjoyed the show.

Thorpe Thewles seems like another world, a quaint country village but it is only five minutes drive from Stockton. The Vane Arms is rustic charm itself. Roaring fires with ornate marble surrounds. Wooden floors, high backed seats and the wafts of the restaurant food were irresistible. Why oh why did I have my tea before I came out? Someday I must ask Andy Johnson exactly how many solo albums he has released, I bet it is coming up double figures. Add his input to the Cherry Head Cherry Heart duo, The Southmartins and all in all the Riverside College song and dance man certainly keeps himself busy, creatively.

"He just wants to go home," sings Andy from his seat next to the bar. But this is a home from home. The singer moves between song titles referencing sleeping policemen to a clever homage to the Beach Boys in Brian Wilson Day. An anthem to a pessimist is followed by final song, Home. A rustic feel to a song that blends in so well with the surroundings.

Elaine Palmer, grabs attention straight away as she sings from the heart and soul. …

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