Second 3rd West Wickham Music Mini-Festival 9th March 2019

Report by Geoff Webb, Scout Leader

1After several months of trying and failing to get the band to play at the Spring Quiz Night, the Supporters decided to have a second band night at Greenacres Scout HQ, and we played host to the same 4 exciting acts as on the 28th September, with the place rocking with a much bigger sound and crowd, as the word had spread!

First performance on stage again was George & Jon from Searching For Cecilia, coming back to show us how their mellow, acoustic set had developed, with the inclusion of many more of George’s songs and some up-tempo covers to get the dancing starting early. Several people didn’t realise that it was the same George, having donated his mane-like locks for charity a couple of weeks before; well done for raising over £2000!

Next up again were the rocking 3 – piece band called Apoplexy; playing their own songs in fine style to a very appreciative audience were Lexy on Vocals & Keyboard, Roger on Drums and David on guitar. Several of Lexy’s hard-hitting lyrics struck a chord with the audience, and drew much praise. We had also benefitted by adding to the sound system, so that people could hear them much more clearly this time round!

Third on the bill was local singer-songwriter Andy Cornell with a fine acoustic guitar and vocals set, adding some more some Mod-style classics, as well as some of his own material. Luckily his throat had cleared only a couple of days beforehand, and we were fortunate to have him back in fine style.

Idle Hands, now with the addition of Michelle on keyboards, brought the house down again, in a 90 minute, high energy tour-de-force that left the crowd on a real high, and definitely wanting more! At one stage, all the seats were empty, as everybody was on the dance floor… We have never played so many encores before, and were in danger of running out of songs!  Even better performances from Phil and Kevin trading guitar licks, rhythm section Jim on bass and Steve on drums keeping the performance tight, and Yours Truly having the time of his life once more on vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar. I was tempted to play saxophone on one song, but decided to save it to next time…

Thanks especially to the Supporters group, and Anna for helping to host the evening; George, Jon, Michelle and the Platers for coming back and helping to tidy up on Saturday;  Jess for getting so many people dancing, and all those who gave up their time and energy to produce an even higher-quality evening of musical entertainment, plus all those who came and danced their socks off whilst raising nearly £300 for Scout funds!

Hopefully we can book everybody for another night in the autumn; 28th September sounds a good idea! Keep reading the website, facebook and emails for more details, and anyone that would like to book any of the performers for their own parties, please feel free to contact us directly or via Scouts.

Geoff Webb




Section Assistant - Scouts