'The Battle of the Bands'
The evening at last finally arrived, Thursday April
28th, where some of the best musicians in Radley battled it out in
‘Battle of the Bands’. The venue was the Silk Hall and the competition was kindly
adjudicated by the highly-esteemed Colin Green, who used to be the well-known
singer, Shirley Bassey’s manager.
A very impressive Shell band opened the evening
playing two of their own songs. Andrew Shaw did particularly well on piano and
vocals (pictured above). He sang about some dark subjects, contemplating the ‘meaning
Next was the hugely talented 6.1 band called
‘Gloamers’. They also played original songs, including one more well-known song
they had written called ‘Leaving Early’. Their hits on ‘soundcloud’ increased
hugely after this performance, showing the impact they had on the audience. The
drummer, Olly Crole, went on to win Best Musician of the Evening, a well-deserved
The lively and charismatic ‘Fixation’ followed
‘Gloamers’, with an energetic performance using songs written by Jamie
Codrington, the guitarist. This band worked well together and it was clear the
audience loved them. Henry Soundy was very impressive on the vocals and Colin
Green later said ‘that’s what rock ‘n’ roll is about’ when describing them.
Lastly, ‘The Weathermen’ played, once again,
two of their own songs. This band played a medley of their two songs. The
energy they emitted on stage was amazing and it was clear they were incredible
performers. They had an upbeat, lively way of playing but were very smooth at
the same time. The instrumental solos they played were exciting and fun to
watch, especially Angus Macdonald on the keyboard.
Colin Green was faced with a very difficult
decision, but named the best song to be “Dirty” by Jamie Codrington and the
best band to be “The Fixation”. The evening was very entertaining, show-casing
huge amounts of Radley talent.
and Picture by Tom Whitbread, A Social 6.1