It was the Tabard’s annual Jools-style night, with three bands each playing one song in rotation throughout the evening.
At first I must admit I was a bit sceptical – how was the audience going to manage to watch every band? And if the crowd was supposed to walk around the pub to be in front of each band while it was performing, would that really work or just cause an uncomfortable crush?
In the event, it all clicked perfectly – we drank, danced, sang along and took photos and had no problems watching the whole action. The Tabard’s centrally located bar, with walkways all around it, made it easy to follow the performers’ rotation. Those punters who were there for a more relaxed listen and a drink, as opposed to a dance, sat at the tables in the back room.
This year the three acts chosen were Andy “The Human Jukebox”, The Junkyard Dogs and Chris and Nick Johnson with the Tabard’s Tom and Jules.
Those who didn’t fancy being too close to the music took refuge here:
There was a lot of activity in the pub long before the gig started.
The first band to go on comprised Chris, Nick, Tom and Jules, whom we named The Favourites for the occasion. They had the highest number of young people in their audience, and they got them dancing and singing along.
Andy was performing on his own instead, but had absolutely no trouble rocking the crowd like an entire band!
The Junkyard Dogs had to overcome a few technical glitches in their corner at the beginning of the show, but soon recovered in a big way, and had the crowd dancing and gawping at their amazing array of headgear.
It was huge fun, hard work in a good way, and a fantastic night. Now we’re all counting down – not to next Christmas but to the next Tabard Christmas party!