Henley Living Advent Calendar 8-10 Dec: Pure Fluke, Average Wife Band & Panto Cast

8 December – Pure Fluke Back at the Museum

Ukulele band Pure Fluke were the surprise performers on night 8 of the Living Advent Calendar, held at the River & Rowing Museum.

The band, consisting of Sam Brown, Terry Wilson, Sandra Mathers, Jane, and Dave Pinder, showcased their versatility by performing a range of songs on a number of different instruments, including ukuleles, bass guitar, and clarinet.

The set opened with Paloma Faith’s Upside Down, and including tracks such as Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, a melancholic ‘You Are My Sunshine’, and Duran Duran’s Save a Prayer. The most rousing song of the night was saved until last, as the band played the Christmas classic, Fairytale of New York – a timely tribute to The Pogues’ frontman, Shane McGowan, who passed away just the week before.

The raffle prizes were drawn by special guest, Father Christmas! The sponsor was Henley Distillery, and the charity beneficiary was the River & Rowing Museum. Jane Pinder said after the performance, “It was amazing; it’s always fun every year. We love coming back.”

9 December – Nothing Average About the Average Wife Band

The popular and talented Average Wife Band returned to perform as the surprise act on night 9 hosted at the Henley Rugby Club.

The group comprised saxophonists Caryn Moberly, Jenny Plumb, Sue Fitzsimmons, Raffy Spring, Tina Jacobs on acoustic guitar, Jenny Day on keyboard, Gail Rosier on bass, Simon Spring on drums, singer Lucie Henwood and directed by Andy Cowdy.

The audience were invited to use the dance floor at the start of the show, which by the end of the set there were quite a few people up dancing.

The band performed a variety of songs, which included Christmas Songs, Van Morrison’s Moon Dance, and a fabulous rendition of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street with a solo by Caryn on saxophone which received a big applause.  The band rounded off the evening with Kim Wilde’s Hey Mister Snowman.

Monies raised from the raffle were in support of Camp Mohawk.

10 December – Fe-Fi-Fun Giant Panto

It was a gigantic feast of fun on night 10 of the Living Advent Calendar with the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk giving a sneak preview of the full panto that opened on Saturday and runs until 31 December.

With plenty of innuendos, bad jokes, boos, singing and dancing, it was just what the audience had BEAN expecting!  Oh yes they were!

The audience enjoyed the traditional Kenton panto sing-off with both sides tied in the competition as to who could sing loudest.

Dave in the audience caught the eye of Dame Widow Trott, who joined the cast on stage for the last song I’m Still Standing.

The evening was sponsored by The Henley Larder who provided delicious sweet and savouring refreshments and a warming cocktail and the raffle was in aid of The Kenton.

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