The Bishops Stortford Acoustic Club

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11th JULY 2024


Last time at the SMAC we were delighted to welcome back TENNESSEE TWIN to the stage to give us a great set of authentic Americana/New Country. We were also treated to a combined set from Vic Lennard and Paul Simmonds who decided that by combining their talent would result in a fantastic prelude to our Headline Showcase.

As a Headline Showcase Tennessee Twin have few equals. Victoria and Geoff are one of the reasons that live music will always be relevant. They write songs and perform those songs with a clarity of vocal performance with a musical background which is just a perfect counterpoint. They are the epitome of Americana/New Country.


The packed audience were entranced by not only the performance but also the narrative of how the songs came from an idea into the complete song.


They are engaging performers, who have lives outside of music and these influences guide their music.


Geoff and Victoria gave us full 45 minutes of their music to the absolute delight of the audience, which was packed to the rafters.


Earlier we had two regular support spots and one “Super support” spot. Many thanks to Stuart Nicholson and John and Danny McCarthy for brilliant spots including a fantastic Beatles Medley. However, the highlight was the surprise combination of Vic Lennard and Paul Simmonds. We had them down to do 4 songs each but they decided that they would like to share the stage and spread a little combined music

Once you get to know a little about them, this was not that much of a surprise. They have known each other for 35 odd years with Vic producing an album for Paul many years ago. Quite frankly their combined spot was musical brilliance. Paul has spent his life as a professional pianist and singer, demonstrating that there is no substitute for talent. Vic’s songwriting and performance is always a delight. Coupling their songwriting talents, the performance rushed by and we hope we see them both individually and as a duo again.


Many thanks to the staff and volunteers from the SMAC who make our exceptional audience so welcome.