The total raised at Dusty Day 2017 is £4,700, which is £1,000 up on last year! I am thrilled by that. I could tell during the auction that we were on course for something special, and we were.
All the thanks are to you for buying tickets & turning up on the day, and of course to those who bid in the auction & took part in the raffle. Every penny goes to the Royal Marsden Hospital/
In addition some fans made donations, some because they hadn’t been successful in the auction, and some because they couldn’t make it on the day, but still paid for a ticket.
Thanks to you all, and here’s to the next time!!
I’m happy to say that Dusty Day 2017 has been received by you all as a huge success. It was a little more stressed than in recent years as we went behind schedule early on & never caught up, but the atmosphere was wonderful and we seemed to have a larger crowd, with lots of new faces.
Pat Rhodes, as ever, brightened the event with her prescence. We had Lana Sister, Lynne Essex, Nola Yorke, and Chantelle, Sandra Orr, and Dusty show producer Duncan Sibbald.
After I kick started the show with I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love, my old friend Krissie Ducann got us off to the perfect start, showcasing her powerful vocals with he inimitable sense of humour on Quiet Please (There’s a lady On Stage) and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. Krissie was followed by Leo Elso, who played Tom Springfield in the Dusty musical at Charing Cross Theatre last year. Leo gave us Spooky, Mama said and a moving rendition of Je Ne Peus pas T’En Vouloir in his native French. Leo was accompanied by Rebecca Turner and Andrew Heart. Charlle Rowling in the guise of his alter ego, Miss Krystal Ball got us into a real party mood with audience participation and songs : Nowhere To Run, Son Of A Preacher Man, and I Only Want To Be With You.
One of last year’s highlights, Joe Card, returned this year with Let Me Get In Your Way and Make It With You, again with Rebecca on keyboard and Andrew on bass. Rebecca & Andrew then sang Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend, before staying on stage for my set (Simon Bell) which consisted of Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream, I Am Your Child, I’ll Try Anything, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Tupelo Honey, I’m Coming Home Again, and Sunny.
The Dusty Day Auction followed before Julie Felix took to the stage, bring Madeline Bell on for an early appeanance on her arrangement of Goin’ Back. Then it was the Queen of British Jazz - Liane Carroll, who was having such a good time that she extended her set, giving us Goin’ Back, My Colouring Book & How Can I Be Sure. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Madeline Bell showed how it’s done by singing unaccompanied, giving us Son Of a Preacher Man and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.
During the show a couple of outtakes fro A Girl Called Dusty were played - Don’t You Know, and You Don’t Own Me.
Following the draw for the raffle, Simon reprised I’m Coming Home Again, and the day was over.
You were all so generous in the auction, I think we may have raised more than last year. We should have the total in a few days.
I must thank a few people without whom it just couldn’t happen:
John Aitken, Paul O’Mara & Clive Burgess.
Jonathan Walmsley on sound.
Daniel Wood & all the staff of West 5.
The nearest Tube station is South Ealing which is on the Piccadilly line to Heathrow. Turn right coming out of station, walk to Popes Lane & turn left, or take 65 bus (directly opposite station)
If you are one of the many staying at hotels in Ealing Broadway, the 65 bus will take you to the corner of Popes Lane, from High Street, Ealing (at the side of Ealing Broadway Centre. The bus stop is just outside Limeyard, where I know many of you are partying the night before.
There is on street parking without restriction on Popes Lane.
The weather is looking promising for Dusty Day on Sunday - 17° with sun & clouds. Weather permitting there will be a barbeque in the garden (payable in addition to ticket price). The venue does not serve food other than the barbeque.
The running order for the day:
13:00 DOORS OPEN
14:00 KRISSIE DUCANN
14:15 LEO ELSO
14:30 MISS KRYSTAL BALL
15:00 JOE CARD
15:25 REBECCA TURNER
15:30 SIMON BELL
16:00 DUSTY DAY AUCTION
17:00 LINDA LEWIS
18:00 JULIE FELIX
18:15 LIANE CARROLL
18:30 MADELINE BELL
At 19:00 West 5 opens to the public and there is Karaoke later in the evening. You are welcome to stay for that. If you haven’t booked you can still turn up on the day. Entry: £15 each, from 13:00 - 19:00
Dusty would have been 78 today, with one week to go to Dusty Day 2017.
All the plans are coming together for the day.
The performers will be: MADELINE BELL, LIANE CARROLL, JULIE FELIX, LINDA LEWIS, SIMON BELL, LÉO ELSO (who is able to appear after all!), JOE CARD, MISS KRYSTAL BALL, KRISSIE DUCANN, REBECCA TURNER.
In attendance will be PAT RHODES, NOLA YORKE, SANDRA ORR (CHANTELLES).
LYNNE ESSEX (LANA SISTERS) is hoping to attend, as is DUNCAN SIBBALD (producer of the Dusty musical which ran at Charing Cross Theatre).
If you haven’t already booked you can turn up on the day & pay cash on the door.
Singer & writer Nola York has been at many Dusty Days and will join us again in April and will be bringing Sandie, and original member of The Chantelles, who were formed after the breakup of The Lana Sisters.
As we previously announced, there will be a brown leather waistcoat of Dusty’s in this years auction. It has decorative brass buttons.
Pat has also just found a selection of scarves. Smaller items like this prove popular as the bidding doesn’t tend to go "through the roof”.
There are also a selection of music periodicals from the 60s which include items on Dusty.
I’m thrilled to announce that Liane Carroll will be back with us on Dusty Day. He vocals have been a highlight of so many Dusty Days.