Julie with the Georgia Ramblers at Gosport Jazz Club
What a night, what a crowd there was last Wednesday when Julie was re-united with her former Headmaster Alan Millard. It's been 35 years since Julie has seen the man who inspired her to sing when she was a young girl at Siskin Junior School, Rowner, Gosport.
Julie explained how it all happened"Well, it was when I was invited to Lee-on-Solent Women's Institute last year. I always credit Mr Millard talks as being an inspiration in my jazz and unbeknown to me a member of the audience knew Alan and passed on my details. He then emailed me via my website and I was just gobsmacked. We kept in touch via emails and Alan took the opportunity of seeing me sing with the Georgia Ramblers.
Alan Millard told Julie "I just wanted t let you know how pleased I am to have caught up with you at last. Thanks for making me feel so welcome tonight. I really enjoyed myself, thought you sang brilliantly. Keep singing! You must be giving so many people a lot of pleasure."
The Longest Day Beer Festival
Julie swings and funks it up with Adam and Dave
Lights out at the Barleymow!
So, the Barleymow pub suffered from a power cut. We had just finished our break and were about to conintue playing when we were plunged into darkness. Investigations were made ... the power cut had effected the whole village. And just like the troopers that we are, the barstaff promptly handed out candles and the band continued to play accoustically. We got everyone up dancing and the show went on.
Saturday 14th June 2009
What a fantastic sunny day today was. The sun was shining and there was hardly a cloud in the sky for the lunchtime Big Free Day Out at Gosport's Discovery Centre. The Milton James Hot Four featuring me on Vocals had actually expanded a bit more to feature the following players:- Chris Newman on Piano, Pete Dorday on Trumpet, Derek Little on Reeds, George Bennett on Drums and the bands leader Dave Rogers on String Bass. The band played really well and the acoustics were perfect for playing outside the Discovery Centre in the open air and the crowd loved every minute. Terry Hinkley, the organiser of the Gosport Jazz Club said it was brilliant to see so many jazz followers there from the Gosport Jazz Club. Even my ole mate Don, who I've not seen for over 10 years, came up to say "hello" and have a chat. In fact it was great to see some old faces as well as meet some news ones. A big "Well Done" to the Discovery Centre/Hampshire County Council for organising such a well organised event.