Keeping the music alive
9:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Letters
THERE was a time, when needing an injection of jazz it meant a trip into Cardiff.
Are the people of Penarth and the surrounding area aware of the music available in the town provided by local pubs?
I have for many years had the pleasure of listening to live music in the Windsor Arms Hotel, fifty yards from the bus stops. Wednesdays evenings, alternate weeks, different band. During this time I have had the pleasure of meeting people not previously known.
So during breaks or a lull in the music chit chat is passed around and in-house jokes develop. One of which as The Shusher. A supposedly “unknown” person who shushed if loud conservations took place, and shushing being picked up by other people in the room.
Last week I caught up with the Preservation Rhythm Kings.
The dedication of the musicians forming bands such as the Preservation Rhythm Kings is to be admired. One of the five silver headed gents (apologies to No 6, the bass player) in this band had travelled from the other side of the Brecon Beacons.
It was an even greater pleasure to meet up with a friend of many years. There must be a great number who know him from the Icon Jazz Band. Our fantastic drummer has now turned vocalist! A hidden talent.
The Windsor is a pub, which provides my supper, a willingness to adapt their menu to my needs. A selection of books to browse through, money to charity. A young man at the bar, who has my liquid refreshments ready before I sit down. Smashing cook serving meals throughout the evening, thanks very much. Clive and Rose, who in these difficult times keep our music alive.
Come and join us. Come and join us. We have in the past been known to sing along with a band.