We have had some very good nights of live music there both inside and surprisingly for a small Southern Touraine village,outside as well. The place could have been described as rustic and the toilet facilities 'basic' but this and the staff all added to making the bar a little special. Sadly after 27 years of dedicating himself to the promotion of live music,the owner, 'Jackie Pineau', retired on the 30th June 2011. There is hope for the future however with perhaps a grand reopening in May next year under the management of Jim and Sandra McNeill. They will, I'm sure, bring new life (some paint) and ideas to this unique venue.In the meantime we will have to do without our weekly music fix and rely on alternatives.
One such offering was sussed out by Cally - a gig by the 'Deepers' a band who had played Paulmy, in the vllage of Thuré, about half an hour away, in the
Vienne. One slight problem was that there are two bands who gig locally using this name and the advertising poster gave no clue as to which one we were going to be listening to. Anyway on arrival at the Salle de Fete, the venue, we were a little surprised to see the volume of parked cars - whoever they were they seemed to be popular!
The band themselves were the 'Deepers' with the female lead singer as opposed to the ones without. They served up the usual cocktail of bluesy numbers plus 'Stones; classics, 'Quo' standards a couple of ZZ Toppers, 'Mustang Sally' and the ever popular 'Sweet home Alabama' - I know ;been there, got the tee shirt' The lead singer good as she was began to run out of steam and provided a cue for us to leave - at least it got us out of the house and away from the banality of the 'X-Factor'.For that we have to thank Cally.
Here is a short and not so good quality video, of the Quo's 'Sweet Caroline', I must learn how to switch on the back light but as a man I cannot bring myself to read the instructions.If I can't do things intuitively then they weren't meant to be.
Don't you just hate it when some naff singer sings along to his video!