“Before the CaddyFins came on [though], there was an extremely impressive support act, namely one Mr Mark “Sparky” Harding.
Mark is a man out of his time – he has a love of all things 1940’s and enjoys dressing up and taking part in events celebrating happenings of that era. Had he been born a century ago it is easy to imagine him rubbing shoulders with other members of the “brat pack” and indeed it is from them that he derives his musical influence.
He gave us an hour of classic songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other 50s and 60s stars such as Billy Fury, Del Shannon and of course, Elvis. He also threw in a few modern “Buble” versions for good measure. Despite a few initial teething problems with microphone feedback, soon resolved, he was on top form and the audience were loving it. This was no pensioners tea party – for all the oldies singing along there were plenty of youngsters enthusiastically getting into these great songs. Top notch stuff and the perfect support act to get the evening off with a swing.
There was a very nice moment mid-set where Mark invited his daughter Kayleigh, 20, on to stage with him to perform a duet of Michael Buble’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight”. Kayleigh has a truly beautiful singing voice and the two harmonised perfectly together. The “old man” must have been very proud. Those wanting more of Kayleigh would not have to wait long – she is a member of The CaddyFins.
Mark “Sparky” Harding will be performing next at The Jolly Post Boys, Oxford on 25th October and The Royal Oak at Tingewick on 1st November.”
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