The Roy Orbison and the Travelling Wilburys Experience, The Johnny Cash Roadshow and Totally Tina covered a variety of musical genres, giving Yarm its own Big Weekend to follow up the success experienced in Middlesbrough.
Perhaps having three consecutive events was a factor in the reduced audience numbers. The final of the Champions League and Take That’s appearance in Middlesbrough on the same weekend may also have had an effect.
Nevertheless, despite the relatively empty side stalls, the people who were there clearly enjoyed all three evenings.
We are not going to experience the music of the three acts in real life any more so tribute acts represent an excellent way of enjoying and exploring the respective back catalogues. All three acts had their sets enhanced by video backdrops showing images of the real artistes in action; all played over two sessions, with support.
Other snippets were educational. I found out, for example, that Del Shannon was almost the sixth Wilbury.
The set list went beyond the repertoire of the Wilburys and offered up prime cuts from the work of each star, leading to a very good evening indeed - and a fine start to the weekend of music.
Totally Tina, an act which brought the finest songs from Tina Turner’s extraordinary back catalogue to the good people of Yarm.
The band was on top form and the four dancers certainly kept everything moving (in more ways than one) with too many costume changes to count and an impressively wide range of dance routines.
It all proved a worthy start to the month of June, which is shaping up to be the busiest of all months for gigs...