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Good evening folks! Well, that's us almost at the end of the summer. The year is whizzing along, isn't it?

This month saw the sad passing of Glen Campbell following a long battle with Alzheimer's. He had some big hits: "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Gentle On My Mind", "Wichita Linesman", "Try A Little Kindness" to name a few. Early on in his career he played with Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys; he even outsold The Beatles back in 1968. Who can remember back that far?! Ironically, his final CD was titled "Adios".

There have been a few notable CD releases recently; all definitely worth a listen:

• Eamonn Jackson recently appeared at our club and has a new CD which includes "Take Me Home Country Roads", "Your My Best Friend" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today".

• Justin Trevino was a popular artist at the festival with his tribute to Ray Price. He has a new CD which includes some of his hits: "For The Good Times", "I've Got A Heartache", "l'll Be There" and "Heartaches By The Number".

• Norman Borland has a new CD release called "Moved By The Spirit" which includes: "Nothin' But Tail Lights", "Two Bottles Of Beer" and "One More Last Chance".

Norman and his band appeared at our August show, having travelled from Donegal. He wasn't the furthest travelled though; the drummer had travelled from South Africa and was, we were told, travelling back there after the show! Norman played us "Mamma Tried" and "If We're Not Back In Love By Monday" during his cabaret slot and entertained us with a few jokes. He finished his dancing slot with "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Making Friends".

We were also entertained by Western Rhythm. Ivan and John, from Galashiels, played a good selection of music. Country classics, new country music, rock & roll and even some Scottish tunes! "Margaritaville", "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Caledonia" and "The Gambler" to name a few.

Two fabulous acts; it was a great night with a busy dance floor!

The snow ball winner was our very own Sandy Gordon, who decided to give himself a big cheer! Quite right too! Sandy was convinced that he would instantly have more friends and asked that no-one mentioned his win to his wife, who wouldn't be in the club until 9pm. (I hope Mrs Gordon isn't reading this!)

Continuing the theme of "keeping it in the club", the raffle saw Davy Shearer with three winning tickets, and Aly Gray and Gina Dunnett also winning prizes. Well done to you all. Ticket checking wasn't quick enough for Sandy who gave the crowd a hurry up when he commented that "We're burning daylight here"! Sandy closed the raffle by thanking all of the raffle buyers and the prize donators. It keeps our club going.

We had a few "big" birthdays in the club: Brian Farmer (70) and Davy Carter (60). Many happy returns to you both from all of us at the NNCMC.

Sandy Gordon asked for a round of applause; one for Robin Young and another for George Malcolm. Robin, for his continued support on his radio show for both the NNCMC and the Triple "C" CMC. Thank you Robin! And George, for his fund raising for the RNLI. George had a CD on sale; the proceeds of which will be donated to the Barra RNLI.

Our close neighbours, the Triple "C" CMC in Wick hosted Roots 'N' Wings, along with Boxcar Kelly at their August show. Boxcar Kelly appeared with The Duke Boys at our club last year. Shaun Loughrey is scheduled for the Triple "C" September show (Friday 22 September). Shaun has been hospitalised recently but intends to complete his Scottish Tour. The show is ticket only so book early to avoid disappointment. For further details, please see the Triple "C" Facebook page. On behalf of all of us here at the NNCMC, we wish you a speedy recovery Shaun!

Our 30th Anniversary Show in October is sold out with a waiting list for tickets. Booked tickets should now have been paid for and uplifted. Appearing at the show (listed here in no particular order) are:

• Bill Alexander
• John Rafferty and Band
• Jordan Mogey
• George Malcolm
• Frank Jansen and Band
• Geordie Jack
• High and Dry

The Committee has been hard at work fine tuning the show and liaising with the Royal British Legion. Further details are available on our Facebook page.

The web page is now back up and running, although some of the information still requires to be updated, such as the biographies and some photos! The boys are refusing to pose for an official photo until their new shirts arrive!

That's all for now, other than to tell you that Hazel Cumming and Nashville Union along with Rockin' Horse are appearing at our next show on Friday 29 September. Put the date in your diary. Look forward to seeing everybody at this great show!

Until the next time...


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