Barnsley Boys, Bar Steward Sons Bigger and more Badass than ever Music Reviews by Editor - February 13, 20240 On February 10, 2024, the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham were alight with the vibrant energy of The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. The venue, known for its intimate setting, was packed to the rafters with fans eager to witness the unveiling of the band’s new 5-piece lineup. The addition of Dave Doonican, Mojo Doonican, and Jeremiah Rickenbacker Doonican to the ranks of Scott and Alan Doonican marked a significant evolution for the group, and the anticipation in the room was palpable. The evening kicked off with “The Road,” a number that immediately had the audience tapping their feet and singing along. As the night progressed, the setlist unfolded like a well-curated comedy record, each song laced with witty lyrics that were met with laughter and applause. The reimagined “The Lady in Greggs” was a particular gem, with the band’s innovative twist elevating the track to new heights. The song’s familiar melody coupled with a fresh, twist encapsulated the band’s unique ability to transform even beloved classics into the sublime. An unexpected highlight was the acapella rendition of “Middle of the Aisle.” The stripped-down performance laid bare the raw talents of the band, with Scott’s vocal prowess front and center. The harmonies were tight, the rhythm was compelling, and the result was a stunning demonstration of what can be achieved with human voices in perfect sync. This was not just a musical performance; it was an art form, perfected by hours of diligent rehearsal and a clear passion for live entertainment. The Rescue Rooms themselves provided the perfect backdrop for this musical tapestry. The venue’s acoustics carried each note with clarity, allowing the intricacies of the band’s vocal harmonies to shine. The crowd was an eclectic mix of ages and backgrounds, united by their shared appreciation for the band’s craft. Between songs, the band engaged with their audience, sharing stories and jokes that brought everyone closer in a communal celebration of music and mirth. As the night drew to a close, the energy did not wane. The encore brought the crowd to their feet, with “Jump Ararnd” providing a fittingly raucous end to the evening. The band’s ability to connect with their audience, to bring joy through their performances, was evident in the smiles and laughter that filled the room. Reflecting on the evening, it’s clear why The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican have garnered such a dedicated following. Their shows are not just about the music; they’re about the experience, the atmosphere, and the joy of shared laughter. It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see a band so in tune with their audience, so dedicated to their art, and so capable of delivering a show that resonates on so many levels. In the days following the gig, the buzz has not faded. Fans continue to share their experiences online, recounting their favorite moments and expressing their gratitude for having been part of such a special night. For those who were there, it was an evening to remember, a privilege indeed to be part of the band’s history. For The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, the night was a resounding success, a testament to their enduring appeal and the timeless power of a good laugh and a great song.