It was that Hollesley time of year again, but sunny Suffolk was a mix of joy and sadness as it was to be the last year at this site. Still it didn’t dampen the spirits, the revelry or uke playing.
Hollesley 2016 – Phil Doleman, Rufus & others playing Enjoy Yourself (filmed by almuzo):
Friday was open mic night and our very own Rufus was on second to give a heart-warming rendition of A Mother’s Lament, a sad song of a baby going down a plug’ole, and wonderful it was too. Later, Chris gave Don McLean a good run for his money with Vincent (aka Starry Starry Night).
Rufus and Chris were joined by Bob and showed Phil Doleman (on bass) how to sing and play Doctor Jazz properly and it was the bestest!
Saturday night’s show was compered by the always elegant Chris in his trompe-l’oeil tuxedo T-shirt (I hope it had a wash as he was wearing it last year). The raffle draw was held at half time and star prize was won by Chris for the second year running, He insists it’s nothing to do with him being MC.
In Sunday night’s singalong we bashed through forty oldies at breakneck speed.
So that seems to be it for Hollesley but let’s hope another venue is found, and to paraphrase Dickens, ‘F*** it, the sadness of each ending is also the joy of a new beginning.’ But then, Dickens never played the uke.
Hollesley 2013 – Chris, Rufus & Alan playing Va, Pensiero (filmed by Darren) – go to 1:15 for the start of the tune: