Friday 11th August 2017 - Suffolk Outlaws' 30th Club Anniversary Party at the Delphi Club
For our long awaited 30th Anniversary Event, we had an extra special double bill, Bob Keeley, and Knoxville Highway. When we arrived the Committee were on hand to offer us a glass of Champagne or orange juice, there was also a selection of cakes to choose from as well.
Bob Keeley kicked off with a great mix of mainly modern line dance tracks which filled the floor: Missing, Gypsy Queen and Love Trip.
Ted’s Disco continued the theme, taking us back to our Roots: we were not Bored at all.
Knoxville Highway, now a four-piece following the double bass player’s recent retirement, consisted of Bob Gessey on lead vocals, guitar and banjo, Stuart Neal on pedal steel and guitar, Alan Garwood on electric guitar & occasional saxophone, and Alan Nichols on drums ( a rare sight these days). The band were brilliant to listen to, and very
professional in delivery, with all contributing vocally. We danced to most of their songs, which included - Digging Up Bones, Peaceful Easy Feeling, and Rockin’ Robin, in their first set.
After the raffle and announcements, Bob Keeley sang a superb second set: including Come As You Are, Lay Low; Champagne Promise, Wishful Thinking and Old And Grey.
Knoxville Highway’s second set began with two blue grass numbers and included a good variety of mainly dance-able tracks like Woman Trouble, King of the Road, and Gentle on my Mind.
Although many had left before the end, those that stayed had a top-class full evening, with about 50 songs/tracks altogether (with Bob Keeley joining the band for the final number).
The Committee helped by several club members including Karen P and Nigel P, had worked very hard for this special event, the evening combined the best of the “old country feel” with more up-to-date dance opportunities and always excellent listening. Although we had sold over 140 tickets, there was still plenty of room to dance, it was great to see lots of non-members too. Some had dressed in country & western outfits: none more so than Bernie himself, who had created a display of photos and cuttings as a record of our 15th anniversary event in 2002.
When’s the next big one,