Oh what a night! Maybole Town Hall was
packed for a night of good old rock and roll last
Local rockabilly band
The Peas kicked off with Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and the
party was on.
Davie Anderson, Michael Andrew, Gavin Loch
and Jimmy Murdoch played a great set of old favourites
for an hour and had the crowd going with hits like “Pink
Cadillac” and “Rock around with Ollie Vee” among many
After a short break
Des Johnston introduced “The Queen of Rock and Roll” -
Linda Gail Lewis who was led in, accompanied by her
daughter Annie, by piper Bryce McCulloch to great cheers
from the audience. The show was a sell out weeks ago and
the next couple of hours showed why as Jerry Lee Lewis’s
wee sister, backed by The Peas, really had the joint
Maybole Town Hall
probably hasn’t seen a night like it since the heyday of
rock and roll and it was packed every Saturday night.
From “Roll over Beethoven” onwards the floor was never
empty with “Shake, Rattle and Roll” a big hit, as was,
“What I’d Say” which saw the crowd in what would
nowadays be called interactive mode as they sang the
chorus back to Linda Gail with their hands in the air.
Daughter Annie got in
on the act, too, with “Good Golly Miss Molly” as a solo
as well as backing her mom all night. There was time for
a few smoochie numbers as well with Elvis’s “One Night”
and her brother’s “You Win Again”.
Linda Gail also showed
she had picked up a trademark of Jerry Lee’s as she got
her boot up on the keyboard to belt out a few numbers
and her closing number was his big hit “Great Balls of
Fire” which had everybody in the place on their feet.
Surely, rock and roll will never die when artistes like
this can entertain a crowd so well and produce such an
Obviously, an encore
was required and the launched into “Amazing Grace” and
“When the Saints Go Marching In” and then had to do
another encore before Linda Gail was presented with a
bouquet of flowers and the night really was at an end,
although it will be talked about for many a day to come.
Maybole should be
proud of The Peas and hope that there will be more
nights like this and Linda Gail Lewis can be encouraged
to come back. Whatever The Peas have, she should try to
get it in a tin and take it all over the world with her
– together they were fantastic. Linda Gail - will ye no'
come back again?