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On Saturday the 23 December 2006 a Charity Benefit Concert was held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre with all proceeds going
to support the Centre. The Concert was organised by Paul Jones with help from Tony Smith.

The Concert got going with Paul playing solo, he then invited to the stand the Barcodes - Bob Haddrell (Keys, Vocals),
Alan Glen (Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals) and Damon Sawyer standing in for Dino Coccia on drums and special guest
Nick Payn (Sax ,Flute). They performed two numbers and were then augmented as The Incredible Blues Puppies with
Roger Cotton (keys & Guitar), Jim Mercer (Vocal, Bass), Papa George (guitar, Vocals) and performed two more numbers.

Paul returned and introduced Sonny Black who played 3 numbers on acoustic guitar with Chris Belshaw on bass. The band then returned and Paul joined them to do ‘Pretty Flamingo’. Paul then invited Pee Wee Ellis to the stand and they performed two of Pee Wee’s numbers ‘Do Dee Dum Diddy’ and ‘Ham’. Paul and the Band, were then joined by Taka Boom who performed two numbers to close the first half of the show to great acclaim..

The second half started with Alan Price performing a selection of his hits, solo with the help of some electronic wizardry these included ‘Simon Smith and his amazing Bear’ and ‘Jarrow Song’ then Paul and the band then took the stand to play
Let The Good Times Roll’ they were then joined by Taka Boom to sing ‘Merry Christmas Baby’. Pee Wee Ellis returned to play ‘Different Rooms’ from his latest CD with the band and Paul, then they all played “Mustang Sally’ with lots of audience participation.

It was then time for Graham Lyle to join Paul and the Band. He started with his banjo and played ‘Malt & Barley Blues’ and then ‘When I'm Dead and Gone’ and finished his spot with his hit  ‘Heart On My Sleeve’. Paul and the Band then  played
‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ then they were joined on the stand by Taka Boom, Alan Price  and Graham Lyle to close the show
with ‘White Christmas’ and ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’ with every one taking a verse.

What a night fantastic performances, a great time was had by all, and a good sum of money was raised for the Arts Centre. The concert finished in the nick of time as the centre and surrounding area were plunged into darkness by a power cut which lasted for 5 hours.

Blake Powell

Bob Haddrell, Graham Lyle, Roger Cotton, Nick Payn, Alan Price, Damon Sawyer,Taka Boom, Paul Jones, Papa George, Jim Mercer and Alan Glen
Photos Wendy Auld & Blake Powell
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