Lee Brilleaux Memorial 8th May 2009 The Oysterfleet Canvey Island
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Another year passes and so along comes the much waited Lee Brilleaux memorial concert, this must be the only reason any right minded person would set foot on Canvey let alone into the Oysterfleet.

For my part I didn't get home from work until gone 6  not bad really as I only left a house in Camden at 4.50. Quick change then rush to meet Paul, Neale and Jim in the The White Horse just in time to order a pint of Broadside then the mini bus turns up with Duncan, Maurice (resplendent in his next T-shirt), Barry and Ashley and off to Cnavey.

I don't know if is just me but I found Canvey a really dreary place with the best part being the roads off it, still the reason for our visit allowed me to forget my snobbery.

As per normal we went into the beer garden next to the mud choked lake, but Dunc's discovery that Carp like IPA, this discovery maybe critical in this year fishing competition, shhh don't tell Spen. The beer in the bar downstairs was decent either Speckled Hen or IPA, but for some reason we went upstairs early before the music started. Thats where the drinking took a nose dive and it was onto John Smiths, I don't think it slowed us down much. Upstairs we were joined by Rowena and her daughter Phillipa nice to have some female company on a band night out to keep us in check

Unlike other years the whole night revolved around the current Dr Feelgood lineup rather then a number of groups. I have said this before but i do find it difficult to relate to the lead singer of the Feelgoods having a Geordie/Mackam accent rather then speaking estuary english.

Having said that they are decent enough but for me the night got goingr when Figure and Sparko got on stage, Sparko now having changed the appearence of a 70's pornstar to an ageing Lothario. They were joined by the likes of Pete Gage, Gypie Mayo, Paul Shuttleworth  lead singer of the Kuursal Flyers who wore a natty cowboy shirt but seemed to have a strange neck erflicktion (I know thats not how you spell it) a rather good guitarist in a pork pie hat with a playing card shirt, who did a great track, which at a guess I think was called Police Car, there was also a couple of blokes who game on who looked like thinner versions of the hairy bikers playing harmonica and bass. I thought the best musician was Maurices mate with the flute who joined them on the stage, certainly added a bit of sophistication to the evening

They played all of your favourites She's a Wind Up, Roxette, Milk and Alcohol, Down by the Jetty etc etc. But much to my dismay not Sugarshaker or Homework, still can't have everything.

The journey home went smoothly without the normal argument that goes with a minibus journey. So all n all a good night good music, good beer (at times), good company could life be better.

you tube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzzwcgdNsNE

Roll on May 2010

Colin May 2009



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