THE REAL MUSIC CLUB - Staffordshire

What a cracking night.
Shep delivered as always. There were great songs at both ends of the emotional spectrum and stories that just build up in absurdity without you realising the sheer craft with which they are woven. Shep's humour can often hide the fact that he is a passionate man especially where he sees injustice or misuse of power. So the audience is often surprised by him expressing his political beliefs in a powerful way. This is vintage folk entertainment. From Anti-War Protest to Greenhouse Graham, Shep commands an audience’s attention.

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HOG THE LIMELIGHT – Rural Touring Gloucestershire 2006/07

Shep Woolley’s 4th visit to the Air in G scheme was another great success. Good time keeping, first class PA system, good presentation, brilliant performance with five star reports from the venues. Shep is a rare comedian for this day and age, presenting a show for adults with no bad language and a choice of music to please the most discerning crowd.

 

Whats been said .....

SHEP WOOLLEY

Usually when I go to a gig, I have a fair idea what to expect. Not so when I went along to see the latest event in North West Leicestershire District Council’s ‘On Tour’ programme.

The star of the show was Shep Woolley. I have to admit I had never heard of him apart from the ‘blurb’ that said he was ‘A not to be missed’ folk singing comedian – Well I had read about, and seen a few ‘not to be missed’ acts before, so I went in with expectations that were really not too high, but I have to admit the advertising was ‘Spot On.’

If Shep has an identity problem, it’s because he doesn’t fit neatly into a single category. Yes - he sings folk songs, but he’s much more than a folk singer. He sang some country songs but with a great deal more panache and technique than your average ‘Cowboy Joe.’ He told jokes – good ones - with a timing and style that suggested he should be playing on a bigger pitch than the village hall circuit.

There were amusing ditties like the cheeky pastiche of Tom Paxton – the previous week’s main attraction - with which he opened the set ‘In the interest of continuity.’ He then went into a long comical collection of anecdotes about his early years living in the Midlands, rounding them off with a song dedicated to his Granddad ‘The ballad of the fanatical pruner Greenhouse Graham.’

Other highlights were the hilarious ode to the Queen Mother to the tune of Old Man River, and a wonderful impression of Bob Dylan performing George Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows.

On a more serious note, there were songs with a social conscience about not letting your sons go digging for the ‘Dirty Black Coal’ and the plight of the ‘Cornish Boys’ whose proud traditions of tin mining and fishing have all been lost, leaving them with few prospects other than pandering to holidaymakers.

There were songs of love, songs of life and songs of total stupidity. Amusing observations such as the school nativity play, viewed form the back end of the donkey, taking your mum in law to Christmas parties and the perils of holidays in Norfolk. Lots of one liners and quick fire retorts to audience heckles, all put together in a great set that kept the
audience rolling with mirth, shouting for more and applauding with gusto.

So what/who is Shep Woolley? Is he a singer who tells jokes or a comedian who sings?
I came to the conclusion that he’s just a great all-round performer ‘That’s not to be missed.’

If you didn’t get along to see him this time, watch out for his next appearance.
Great songs, Good clean fun that never gets any saucier than a seaside postcard. Which, on a last note proves you can get laughs and be a fresh comedian without resorting to a barrage of four letter words?

Shep Woolley – ‘Not To Be Missed’ 11 out of 10!

Phil Ellis

PAMBER VILLAGE HALL - Hampshire

Holy Rock 'n' Roll Show: The last theatre evening of the season saw an audience of more than 90 people enjoying a great evening of rock 'n' roll with Shep Woolley and Colin "Doc" Pearce.

We relived our youth with some of the best music that has ever been written.

We joined in and sang along to the excellent playing of Shep on acoustic guitar and Doc on double bass and we laughed a lot at Shep’s stories of his Rock 'n' Roll teenage years.
I think everyone went home having enjoyed one of the best evening's entertainment at the hall this season.

The next season will kick off with a barn dance on October 8.

 

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