Great little gig last night at the Almond restaurant in West Derby. Brian and Frank’s joint 50th. They booked the whole restaurant and had a brilliant time with family and friends. Frank’s wife, Jo, booked me to sing a couple of spots after the meal… by the time everyone packed in to the downstairs section and the party got started, the place was bouncing. Everything from Swing to Motown to oldies, Take That to Lou Bega and Tom Jones to Elvis. For the last hour, I created a set of dance numbers that, literally, everyone dancing on tables…. Jo says:
“Thank you so much for last night you were amazing and you made our little get together a great night… Thanks again”
You can just make out my feet in the photo 😂😂❤️
A wonderful session full of singing, dancing, laughing and crying, lovely smiles and hugs…
Thankyou for another fantastic afternoon our residents absolutely love you . Your choice off music is fabulous and the fact you interact and get to know the residents means so much to them highly recommend xx
A funny thing happened on the way to work the other day…..
I got a call from my very good friend Asa Murphy. Asa is one of the top UK entertainers and is currently developing his career as a Radio presenter on Radio Merseyside. He saw a viral video of Joe… you might have seen it?
Anyway, he was listening to the singer in the background and recognised that it was me performing (Asa and I have worked together at a couple of charity events) He invited me into the studio last week and I was able to explain my work in care homes as well as introduce some work that I am doing with Dementia Friends (an Alzheimer’s Society intitiative)
We had a great chat, it’s always to nice to see Asa, he’s a real professional and a true gent. Here’s the link to the recording of Asa’s programme. You should listen to the show, the music’s great, but if you’re in a hurry, our chat kicks in around 1:04:00
Hurry though, you only have until 26th March to listen to it.
Hillcroft Care home in Aughton is one of my favourites. Megan, Sarah, Kate and the care staff, do so much for the residents. So much music, theatre, activities and days out. I always find it a pleasure to entertain there, as the staff get involved whilst I’m performing.. dancing, singing along, sometimes just being there and smiling, clapping and holding hands helps to make the residents session more enjoyable
I had four gigs on Valentine’s day, starting with Hillcroft. You never know what you’re going to get in a care home… sometimes a slow response, sometimes a little faster, so you have to be ready to switch to a variety of styles. Everyone was eager to sing along to the songs today, so the guitar quickly found it’s way off the stand and we spent at least half an hour singing songs such as Que Sera, Portrait of my Love, Hide your love away… very Valentine’s-esque. The session quickly increased in tempo and we were dancing to Barry White, Guy Mitchell and Emile Ford by the end of the morning.
A recent promotional video of Hillcroft included some of the music activities… (I think I kick in around 2.00 mins) but do watch the whole reel as it has some wonderful interviews and shots of some lovely smiling faces
I had a fabulous time at Arncliffe Sunday afternoon. It was Joe’s 85th birthday party and their family had booked me to entertain them. Expecting a couple of daughters and a few children… I certainly didn’t expect such a crowd, they just kept on coming… and coming … and coming. The place was packed. We had to ramp up the volume, change the normal laid back theme to Soul, Motown and Disco, which went down a treat. We still had room for some Matt Monroe, a guitar singalong and of course “You’ll never walk alone”… not a dry eye in the house. Sadly no pics, data protection is very strict in care homes, however I do have a great pic from Christmas (Micha is Santa and Georgina is the Snowman 👏 👏
The two lovely hosts, Micha and Georgina are the nicest, caring people you could meet. They love their job and their residents. It’s a pleasure to work with them…. and they had a couple of things to say too…..
“We love you Rob ❤️ Thank you for always putting our residents first. You’re fab! Never give up your day job!❤️”
Editor note…. there is a “Part 2” to this..watch out for it in the next few days…………….