Prelude, the Band – Friday 14th July 2017

Those of a certain age may remember a group of young folk singers from the North East having a hit record in 1974 with “After the Gold Rush”. Well, the pitch prefect harmonies that earned them national recognition all those years ago were to be heard in Lamplugh Village Hall recently when Brian and Irene Hume’s “Prelude” entertained us for well over two hours.

The third member of the original trio, Ian Vardy, was not able to be with us but current members, Paul Hooper on percussion and Keith Tulip who played bass guitar and a rather futuristic looking version of the traditional upright string bass, provided excellent support to Irene and Brian. Add Brian’s skilful guitar picking and the stage was set for one of the best evenings of music we’ve had at the Village Hall in along time.

The concert was divided into two sets, with around a dozen songs in each, and followed by a further two as an encore. There were a number of Brian’s own compositions, including two inspired by grandchildren, and a generous helping of covers of songs by artists as such as Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson, Paul McCartney and Buddy Holly. Irene’s version of “Only the Lonely” was outstanding and Brian delivered Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party” perfectly. All four contributed to the patter between songs and their relaxed and personal approach went down well with a small, but very appreciative, audience.

If you didn’t attend this concert then you missed a rare treat; if you did, then you must certainly have gone home feeling refreshed and uplifted and wondering how two and a half hours could have gone so quickly.