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Music review: Colin Bailey and Friends, Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Leyburn

First published Friday 22 May 2015

This was the first evening concert organised during the three-day food festival. Headed by Colin Bailey, a Dalesman who has been entertaining in these parts for more than 30 years, he and his friends span three generations. It was refreshing to see a line-up of teenage musicians along with adults taking the stage. 

Starting with a couple of tracks from Jersey Boys, though in a slightly lower key than Franki Vali, they then performed a mix of ballads and popular music from down the years. The first set ended with The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics. The audience was encouraged to join in, which was easy, as the words were printed on the programme. After the break, the second set began with a selection from the musicals and moved on to Abba, Showaddywaddy and Billy Joel. For a finale, they chose Knock Three Times and finally, Simply the Best. 

Bailey sang most of the songs but was happy to share the stage with Amy Fudali and the younger musicians, who were all well received by the appreciative audience. The music was interspersed with the right level of narrative, and I was particularly heartened by Bailey's insistence that sound levels should be right for the venue. Poor weather affected audience numbers but there is a chance to see Bailey and Friends on their forthcoming tour of the Dales. They are well worth hearing. 

Philip Sedgwick

Music review: Colin Bailey and Friends, Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Leyburn

Our Movie Magic performance includes...*

Part One

Naked Gun (Police Squad)

Born Free

Nine To Five

Islands In The Stream [dedicated to the late David Hawes]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid

On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady

A Whole New World - Aladdin

When She Loved Me - Toy Story 2

You Gotta Friend In Me - Toy Story

God Only Knows - Love Actually

Let The River Run - Working Girl

Part Two

James Bond Theme

From Russia With Love

For Your Eyes Only

Come What May - Moulin Rouge

Moon River - Breakfast At Tiffany's

Disney Medley

Sweet Caroline

Elvis & Cliff Medley

Pretty Woman


You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan

Mr Blue Sky - For Simon Chorley!

(*Provided as a guide only, subject to change without prior notice.) 

A performance of Colin Bailey and Friends includes...*


Part One

Working My Way Back To You - Frankie Valli
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
When I need you - Leo Sayer
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
Big River - Jimmy Nail
This Train Don't Stop There Anymore
- Elton John
From This Moment On - Shania Twain
The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics

Part Two

Circle of Life - Lion King
Tonight - West Side Story
All I Ask Of You - Phantom of the Opera
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
Your Song - Elton John
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
Under The Moon of Love - Showaddywaddy
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel


Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando
Simply The Best - Tina Turner

(*Provided as a guide only, subject to change without prior notice.)