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Buddy Guy, Quo and the Castle Proms

Sunday July 18, 2010

Buddy Guy - OnstageA month of live music for me this month!  Buddy Guy at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire at the beginning of the month got things started.  I’ve been a Buddy Guy fan for quite a few years but failed to get to see him in his own club ‘Legends‘ when I regularly visited Chicago.  I was therefore very keen to  see him in London when I saw that he was playing one night there.

It was an excellent show with Buddy truly entertaining the crowd as opposed to just singing some songs.  At one point he left the stage and walked through the public area playing his guitar and singing as the crowd parted in front of him – everybody in total awe.

Last night, Saturday 17th,  was the last night of the Castle Concerts at Rochester Castle.  Every year Medway Council puts on four nights of concerts in the grounds of the Castle, this year it was: Status Quo, Will Young, The Saturdays and finally the Castle Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

I managed to see Status Quo on Wednesday night and also went to the Castle Proms last night, Saturday.  Both were fantastic events – unfortunately I forgot my camera on the night of Status Quo!

The ‘Quo concert was sold out (around 4,500 people) and the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Castle Proms was a more sedate affair with people with tables, chairs, dinner jackets and wine.  Well, I say sedate… it was until the patriotic songs came on in true ‘last night of the proms’ style and the flags were waved and the choruses sung loudly!  An amazing night topped off with some great fireworks!

Photos over on Flickr.

Patriotic Castle

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