Simon Joslin

Saturday Morning Music – Free Concerts at the UGT Every Saturday

SIMON JOSLIN. Saturday 20th May 2017. 10am to 12 noon. Venue open at 9.30am.

Simon Joslin


It’s a welcome return for Simon Joslin, a man who strums and owns some very special guitars, together with a powerful voice ideally suited to the country tradition. He’ll be providing the entertainment at the Under Ground with a friend or two from 10am until noon, and it will cost you nothing to come in and listen.

So: prepare to sit back and enjoy the likes of “He’ll Have To Go”, a massive hit for Jim Reeves in 1960 (“Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone…”). It was Leroy Van Dyke’s turn for a mega-hit in 1961, when “Walk On By” topped the American Country Charts for a then-record nineteen weeks. The following year, Marty Robbins released “Devil Woman”, to add to his string of hits that had also included “El Paso”.

Among the other songs Simon Joslin may be singing at the Under Ground is “Ruby”, about a paralysed veteran of a “crazy Asian war”, originally from 1967 – and made famous two years later by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, as American involvement in Vietnam peaked. Also from 1969 comes Glenn Campbell’s “Try a Little Kindness”. And a likely show-stopper will be Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” (“I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die…”). It was a live performance of this song in ’69 that won Cash the first of his four Grammy Awards.

Don’t forget to shout “Yee-ha!”

The show lasts from 10am until noon, and entry is free. Throughout, Fairtrade filter coffee and tea, plus cakes, will be on sale in the theatre coffee bar, which will then remain open until 4pm for viewing of the current art exhibition.

Entry is free.

With regret there is no wheelchair access to the venue