Meet Alex Johnson, an 18 year old up and coming Young Voices Leader, who shocked the audience into silent awe with his beautiful baritone ‘It’s a wonderful world’ at Friday’s Open Mic night at the newly opened Evolve theatre, part of Dudley College.
Our first Open Mic in Dudley, abley compered by our very own Gemma Caffrey, was opened in style with a sixties vibe by old favourites Dudley Din, led by Andrea Pope-Smith, Director of Adults, Community and Housing Services for Dudley Council. Great acoustic performances followed from Dudley College’s own music students who showcased their own songs. Thank you to everyone at the college for your support! You made us feel right at home.
Le Faye, a guitar trio from Windsor High School, gave their first live set with some fantastic self-taught covers. After a brilliant introduction from their manager Issy it looks like we’ll be seeing more of them and their natural down-to-earth style soon. It was also good to see William Horncastle try a new approach complete with guitar (although we did all wonder what had happened to Elvis!) and Matt Doleman take to the stage with some new comedy. It’s always good to have a giggle!
The evening closed with Gemma rousing everyone to the dance floor for a bit of a boogie. We can’t wait to go back to Dudley now, especially after the news that Alan Slym, a Dudley MP, may be joining forces with an old friend to make up part of a new comedy duo. His heckles and one-liners have given him a bit of a reputation, so we’re looking forward to his next venture.
Check our website for dates of the next open mic nights and get in touch if you’d like to join in! You never know, you might find yourself under the bright lights of Wolverhampton Civic Hall at the Spotlight final in January 2014.