Category Archives: Past Events

George Borowski Rocks…

Well, every event we hold as The Circle is memorable. Fact.

We can honestly say that we’ve had some stunning guests, and many have left us speechless and in awe of their amazing talent.

However, sometimes it isn’t just the talent that wins us over. Sometimes its the sheer strength of personality, kindness, and, well, awesomeness!

We know George Borowski, and we’ve seen him perform a number of times but what he did at the Circle was out the park! He brought with him, his gorgeous daughter, every bit a chip off the old block. He also brought the lovely Karen, his wife and inspiration.

The first half of the evening had the residents, Ian, Stuart and Gerry do their bit – more of a support act to the main event but each one of them upped their game and chose songs that had the audience spellbound. One of Ian’s newest songs, He’s Gone, (on Beneath the Blue) had George in tears and we’re hoping that it’ll be recorded by at least two of our talented audience!

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Beneath The Blue

Following their set, we then introduced to the stage a young lad (only 18) Sam Tomlins whom we’d heard at the Towler. This boy should go far and if he doesn’t make it then there is no justice in the world. His songs were great, his voice amazing and he’s a likeable guy as well.

Sam Tomlins

In the second half George gave us a set of his most well known songs including Blue Guitars of Texas and others that were new to most of us. During the the whole time on stage he kept all of us mesmerised by his presence and we were all drawn into his world. All was well, and the only place to be at that time was there, at The Circle, sharing some very special moments. Towards the end of his set he brought his lovely and exceptionally gifted daughter, Vienna. She sang along with him, almost tentatively in the beginning but by the end, we discovered what an amazing voice she had. She’s recorded an EP and as soon as its out, we want one. The two of them were fabulous together with George very happy to just step back and allow Vienna to take her moment.


There will be a more full review by Ian, but suffice to say that we have never seen a bigger crowd at the Circle, never seen so many engaged with a guest and never seen so many broad smiles across every face. And, as mentioned before – we’ve had some crackers!

Sally Barker, Henry Priestman… you’ve missed them!

We’ve had a particularly exciting time of it at the Circle recently. First of all, with some fear and trepidation, we invited Sally Barker (of The Voice fame) to come along and sing her own material, unplugged – as we do. To our surprise she agreed and just for the avoidance of confusion, we didn’t ask her because of The Voice, we asked her because we’d heard some of her stuff,  and heard that she sang with Fotheringay too.  We thought she’d be pretty good.

Then we were nervous in case we didn’t get anyone turning up, you know, those who thought that because she’d been on a reality show that she was somehow not worth going to see. Yes, there were those, but thankfully we had a full house and not only that but they all paid a bit more to see her, and bought some CDs. Many were musos too… and was she any good? Hell yes, absolutely mindblowingly brilliant voice with some very very good original songs. We’d have her back in a heart beat, even though she did tell our Ian to stop interrupting. We think she was having a laugh??

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Then, next time, we had the real pleasure of hosting Henry Priestman… If you don’t know him, he was the one on keyboards mostly, doing backing vocals but who actually wrote most of the hits for the Christians back in the day. He brought with him his touring sidekick, ‘Loved Up’ Les Glover. Well, what a revelation the two lads were! We knew that there would be a few good songs, we weren’t sure though how well they’d be sung as Henry wasn’t the singer in the band, BUT we have to tell you that the man can not only sing but he is a fabulous entertainer with it. The pair of them played for over an hour, taking over the second half, and we virtually had to take them off the stage. Brilliant brilliant brilliant! And, Les’s songs were equally strong and we’re very happy that he is coming back in October. Rumour has it that he’ll be bringing Henry with him for some more fun and frivolity. Can’t wait….

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Where were you? You just can’t miss any of these fantastic nights as you can never tell what is going to happen at any of them… more later

Rogues Gallery! – The story so far

Newbie David Steven on his Circle Debut
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Ian, Gerry, Joe Solo and Stuart
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New Patron Andy Kershaw with Ian Reynolds-Young
Gerry, Robert Lane, Ian, Garron Frith, Stuart.
Gerry, Robert Lance, Garron Frith and Stuart
Ian, Stuart and Gerry alias Great! SCOT (Songwriters’ Circle on Tour) at their first gig at The Towler.
The lovely and highly talented Edwina Hayes during her solo set
Gerry, Edwina Hayes, Ian and Stuart.
Stuart, Ian, (Inspiral Carpets) Tom Hingley and Gerry
Gerry, George Borowski and Stuart
Ian, Stuart, Tom Hingley and Gerry.
Gerry, Rachel Dawick, The Quiet Loner (Matt Hill) and Desi Friel
Rachel Dawick, Ian, Gerry, Matt Hill, and Desi Friel
The Christmas Do! Toni Baker, Ian, Stanley Accrington, Desi Friel anda Paul Cunningham
Stuart, Ian, Kirk McElhinney, Gerry
Paul McClure, Gerry, Stuart, Andrew Huxley, Ian.
Stanley Accrington
Ian, Tokyo Rosenthal, Gerry and Stuart.
Stuart, Paul Reaney, Gerry and Ian
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Gerry, Ian, Bill Adair, Phil Middleton
Toni Baker, Stuart, Gerry and Ian.