Pat's Blog

Coming up

This coming Saturday I will be returning to Ormesby St Michael Village Hall

Its a 7.30pm start, along Main Road  Ormesby NR29 3LR.  Nice place with lovely people. not sure of entrance fee but they normally include a delicious buffet. Together with a bar and nice acoustics , this is always a nice gig to do. Look forward to seeing everyone again.  

Then on Wednesday  21st November I will be back at The Tivetshall Railway Tavern, Start 9pm til midnight here. A mix of country and sixties style music is normally what is popular here. Good Landlord in Chris and a great photographer in Rose plus all her lovely friends I hope.

Party night at The Heath House this Saturday


Will be at the Heath House Public House in Gertrude Rd, Norwich this coming Saturday helping celebrate Zoe and Annas birthdays.  I know that relations will be travelling from Leicester as well, so hoping for a decent turnout. Hope a few of my own family will turn up as well to help fill the place up and create that special atmosphere. Decent pub and Landlord in Malcolm. Get away from the telly for a change and come out to enjoy. 

I may have my friend Terry there as well . Have spoken to him about being available as a duo on occasion. Terry is an excellent guitarist and can provide backing vocals as well. Hope to have some video and pics soon. x

New Gig Guide for Pat James & Friends Club 2019

Well, after much mucking about, we are stayng put at The Wensum Valley Hotel in Taverham, Norwich.  The old Anglian Windows clubhouse, now called The Nest was perhaps the only place we could have considered moving to but because of a 7 day cancellation clause they wished to insert, it could not be.  Not unhappy about staying and it was appreciated that even after cancelling our dates next year, Bridgette, who own the Wensum Valley was pleased to reinstate our dates.

The new 2019 Gig Guide for the Pat James & Friends Club is now on my Gig tab as well as Facebook.  Two new acts for us this coming year is The Red Rock Duo, and Roots and Wings, both duos being highly recommended by some of our club regulars .  Hope you enjoy next months guest act , the lovely Lisa Marie.  

Don't forget also to order your Christmas Party tickets which this year include a 2 course Carvery.  If you cannot attend next months event November 25th, then you can contact myself on Norwich 440437 or Maggie on Norwich 400055.  Ticket price this year is £12 to club regulars, £15 to all others after 25th Nov.   As in previous years, its Bobby, Gordon and myself providing the entertainment.

Finally, with the exception of our Christmas party, we are considering finishing at 7.15pm. With many getting there quite early now and some of you having a carvery, Maggie and I appreciate it can be a long afternoon and it is much better for everyone if we can finish with most people still thereinstead of understandably drifting away afer 7pm.  

Good turnout last time of over 80 people. So appreciative of your support for our gigs. Hope to have many more. xx

Bobby and Pat

Seems there are some rumours going around that Bobby and I are going our separate ways when it comes to our gigs together. Just to tell you all that our musical relationship and friendship is strong and I can only imagine that someone has put two and two together and come up with 5.

As you are aware, Bobbys club event at The Wensum Valley has been cancelled after November this year, but I understand Bobby and Ann have found a new venue which will I am sure prove popular and he is announcing this today at his latest club event with Julie Dawn.  I havent been able to go today because of a bad throat and chesty cough.   I will also be making an announcement at our next Pat James & Friends club event on 21st of October with myself and Bobby at The Wensum Valley regarding our own venue.  

I am now in the process of booking for our dates next year and Bobby will still be guesting at our club as usual.  I look forward to being at Bobbys new venue as well. Talking to him soon in order to avoid each others dates.

A limited number of tickets will soon be available for Old Years night party at the Wymondham Dell Bowls Club (entry £15) when I will once again be teaming up with Bobby to provide the entertainment.   As the song goes  "Best of Friends" and thats how it will always be .

Coming up in October


Saturday 6th
sees a return to The Heath House Public House in Gertrude Rd, Norwich, from 8.30pm.  A late booking as a result of my friend Steve Alan having to be in hospital. Thankfully, Steve seems to be ok and should be home soon.  

On Saturday 13th, I will be at Docking Village Hall , Nr Kings Lynn, for a Country Music night. Always a nice night event here with smashing people.  from 8pm

The Pat James & Friends Club this month is on Sunday 21st from 3pm where our guest act is the very popular Bobby Graham.  Taking place at our regular venue, Wensum Valley Hotel and Country Club, Beech Rd, Taverham.

Then on Friday 26th, I am back at The Orwell Country Music Club, Rosary Club venue, 172 Bramford Rd, Ipswich, IP1 4AB.

Looking forward to seeing you all at one or more of these venues x