Although short on numbers, the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by those who did attend this week’s “Evening with Gary Potter”.
Sadly, Raven had to cancel at short notice due to circumstances beyond their control, so John Ryder stepped in to open with three songs, before introducing our guest for the evening.
Right from the start Gary was relaxed and smiling and the atmosphere was more like a soirée in your own living room. He wasted little time asking for requests and getting the audience involved!
Apart from his own wonderful dexterity and inventiveness on the guitar, he had asked a friend, Felix Bellingham, to join him for the evening and they combined – Gary generously giving him equal status on solos and his own choice of tunes. The combination of different styles made the set even more enjoyable.
After the Interval John started the second half with a song, followed by young Dan from Mold. Himself a jazz guitarist who has only recently started performing, and only on his third visit to the club, Dan went down well with the audience and at the end of the evening both Gary and Felix were very generous with their praise of him, both encouraging him to keep on doing what he is already doing so well.
Before Gary resumed his set, Felix played and sang a selection of songs with his unique gravelly voice. Gary rejoined him and eventually finished the evening off in virtuoso style.
Report by John Ryder
Video by Peter