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Friday 29 December
2017 A YEAR IN REVIEW
It’s always strange how the year pans out in Smokie’s ever-changing tour diary.
The beginning of 2017 was kicked off with another charity dinner in the Bands’ hometown of Bradford, in aid of The Annette Fox Leukemia fund.
To the band’s surprise, the guys were awarded with a tankard to celebrate twenty-five years co-operation with the Annette Fox Trust.
It was indeed quite an emotional moment with Band members clearly showing their emotion, as past efforts were acknowledged with a standing ovation!
Dr. Liakat Parapia even encouraged onlookers to write to their local MP’s to get them to rally support for a band whom has done so much for charity over the years and he felt that they should be recognized for such devotion.
It would be “The British Tour” that would kick-start the year, the highlight being the Inverness show. Tickets sold quickly in Inverness and the stand up audience gave the guys a real Scottish welcome on what was a most fantastic “Sold Out” show in Martin’s hometown.
Band members learned afterwards that some fans had travelled from as far away as the Outer Hebrides and had chartered a fishing boat, to get several folks to the Inverness gig!
The summer months pretty much looked like it always does, with the Band flying all over Europe to satisfy the Festival going public, Whom as always, expressed their delight in seeing the guys strut their stuff.
As with most festivals, the weather can play a huge part as to whether or not a festival is successful?
Smokie made their debut appearance at the Punchestown Festival just outside Dublin at the end of July. Reports in the media suggesting that the guys stole the show by playing a killer set in their adopted country of Ireland.
They did have to wait for a rainstorm to pass before entering the stage though, typical Irish weather almost caused the safety officer to pull the plug on the entire day.
In terms of touring it would appear that band members felt that the six-date Israel Tour was one that will remain memorable, and a great success. The stage in Beer Sheva was erected in a spectacular setting in a kind of amphitheater and looked like something out of a Star Wars set.
The guys based themselves in Tel Aviv so they could enjoy downtime, close to the beach of course!
In the last few weeks, a heavy schedule has seen the band play in the Baltic region. A tough finale, to what in the end, had become a fairly busy year.
Sadly, a much anticipated return to South Korea failed to materialize, despite contracts being signed and flights almost booked, but negotiations will continue as always, to bring Smokie back to the Far East and India in 2018.
The guys have enjoyed a short break for the Christmas period, before playing their last show of the year on the 31st of December in the Czech Republic.
Terry, Mike, Mick, Martin and Steve
Would like to thank their road crew, for their efforts in bringing ALL shows together without drama, in sometimes, difficult circumstances, often with lack of sleep!
And here’s a statement that is often heard in interviews.
“Most of all it’s the fans we have to thank, they’re the one’s that count”
Smokie's Tour Dates
|2||Charity Evening, Bradford, UK|
|8||Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna, Bulgaria|
|16||The Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|17||Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Ireland|
|18||Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland|
|22||Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, Ireland|