Tuesday, 21 September 2021

That was unusual

TWO years after Tom Jones’ appearance at the Henley Festival, four local musicians were determined to give punters the next

TWO years after Tom Jones’ appearance at the Henley Festival, four local musicians were determined to give punters the next best thing.

Moored up by the floating stage on the opening night were No Direction, a ukulele quartet comprised of Martyn Cooper, Mike Holland, Dan Clipston and Henley’s town centre manager Peter McConnell.

An hour before headliners the Beach Boys hit the stage, they were serenading passers-by with an endearingly ramshackle cover version of the Welsh singer’s 1968 single Delilah.

As the four-piece’s followers will doubtless recall, this was one of the songs they performed at Henley Rotary Club’s Midnight Matinee concert at the Kenton Theatre in June. It stayed largely true to the spirit of the original, but it’s probably fair to say Mr McConnell’s aggressive strumming and impromptu screams between verses were more Sex Pistols than Sex Bomb.

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