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The Hats and Shades of Grey, I’m sorry to report, have both now petered out. I do find ‘The Group’ thing very frustrating. You rehearse for months and then people leave and it just  …..fizzles out! Still, life is short and I certainly don’t hold any grudges.


Shades of Grey performed quite successfully during the February gig at The Victoria, Low Fell.


The only constant during all these rehearsals, and last nine years, has been my musical connection with Dennis Makepeace. Though I say it myself, we do sing and play well together. I think we’ll continue to be linked through our association with Tuesday nights, at the Marquis of Granby Players’ Lounge and as friends….and the odd gig. Hopefully!


The country’s economic woes have certainly affected music venues.  Pubs, are struggling and none too willing to take a chance on live acts. Consequently, though my main interest is writing songs, one has to compromise and give the punters something they can ‘sing along’ to.


Here’s hoping things pick up.

JOHN BRINDLE
(vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica)


John is a Lancastrian now based in Durham. He lived for many years in Leicester and played in a duo working the local live circuit; restaurants, art centres, theatres, bars and festivals.


He enjoys writing songs and has three solo CDs to his name. John is a harmony enthusiast and the addition of Ged has given the band additional scope to explore this area.


John brings an acoustic, finger-styled guitar and harmony element to the band. He’s also assumed the MC role; someone has to do it!




DENNIS MAKEPEACE
(vocals, acoustic and electric guitar)


When John moved to Durham in early 2004 the first musician he encountered was Dennis Makepeace. It was an open mic folk club session and Dennis’ talents stood out a mile. An amiable local lad from the village of Esh Winning, Dennis cut his teeth in electric bands back in the 1970s. He’s a terrific lead player, but also an excellent acoustic player too.


Dennis has a beautiful voice and has written some very good songs. He has a solo CD to his name, ‘There’s No Glory’, as well as ‘The Durham Project’. John and Dennis were solo acts at the time but soon joined forces as a duo. The highlight of the association included prestigious dates at The Sage in Gateshead and the Gala Theatre in Durham. Their sets tended to include a mixture of original material and choice covers.


There was one occasion when the two played a set for a local Charity at an Indian Restaurant. John emphasised the need for professionalism, but Dennis ate so much during the buffet that he had to be virtually carried back for the second set! Very classy, Dennis!


Dennis is an entertaining co-host on Tuesday evenings at the Marquis of Granby. Professionalism, personified!

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