my local they carry an excellent range of draught beers. Some are always
available and others are constantly changing. Being the decent sort,
the landlord lets you try a drop of ale before you decide whether to
buy or not. So when you take someone in for the first time, or tell
somebody about this wonderful hostelry, invariably you get asked, "What's
your favourite beer then?"
I haven't got one" is the reply. There are many that I like and there
are one or two that I will go back to over and over again (not on the
same night, you understand, well once in a while maybe). The reason
for this is that they are suited to my palate and are tried, tested,
and invariably in good condition and are willingly quaffed.
bit like performers on the folk scene really. You see so many at clubs
and festivals, some give great pleasure, some are a passing fancy, but
some, like my old stand-by beers are tried, tested, and, are invariably
in fine fettle. Let me give you a prime example, for Harvest Pale Ale
Castle Rock Brewery, read Keith Kendrick.
is always a quickening of the pulse and heightened anticipation when
Keith is about to grace the stage. The enthusiasm and love for the music
is evident, from the opening notes, for all to both see and hear. His
passion never diminishes and as time goes on, it seems to increase and
intensify and you are carried along with it. Born a Derby lad and still
living in his native shire, Keith reflects his upbringing in some of
his repertoire. There are traditional and contemporary songs of the
city and county as well as poems. Occasionally translation is required
as the dialect is strong, rich and genuinely delivered. But it isn't
all local stuff, oh no, ballads , shanties, traditional and contemporary,
songs and tunes to thrill, Keith will sing and play the gamut. At this
moment in time you might find him performing with Leeds Linnet - Sylvia
Needham or together with Sylvia, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner as 'Full
English', or as 'Three Sheets to the Wind' with Derek Gifford and Geoff
Higginbottom or entertaining with...........and so it goes on. In fact
there are times when I wonder if he actually remembers who he's supposed
to be with at any given time.
is the current Keith Kendrick, go back down the years and you remember
him with The Druids, Tup, Muckram Wakes, Ram's bottom, The Anchor Men,
Jo Freya did I mention The East Kent Hoppers ? and, I wouldn't be surprised
if I've not missed at least one group out.
an absolute pleasure to introduce at Traditions at the Tiger is Keith,
value for money GUARANTEED. He is the performers performer, much respected
but still highly underrated. If you have seen Keith, then you know what
I mean, if you haven't seen him....... you don't know what you are missing,
and may I suggest you put that right PDQ.
back to one of those favourite beers.