Friday 18th June 2004
Recent gigs by higher profile artists at this seaside venue have attracted good sized audiences, sadly though few people made the journey east to see this relatively unknown artist, even though entry for this event was free.
Perhaps the current trend for covers and tributes has generated audiences that are unwilling to listen to the original songs that singer-songwriters such as Ron perform. A great shame as Ron is a particularly talented songwriter whose excellent songs are musical snapshots of life. His vocals are not dissimilar to those of Iain Matthews, and even Springsteen on some numbers.
Appealing melodies overlay his songs which touch on many subjects. Some of the highlights included 'Peter Green' (a tribute to his favourite blues guitarist), 'East End Saturday Night' and 'American Ghosts' which has received some airplay on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's folk programmes.
If there had been an entry fee, the audience would have certainly got its money's worth, Ron playing for around two hours, he also involves his audiences, getting them to sing along with even the seemingly difficult choruses. He closed with two requests from ourselves, the delightful 'White Horse Hill', a song reflecting on his childhood in the Garden Of England (Kent), and the encore number 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.