It wasn’t a mystery…

Posted: 25th February 2022

Earlier in the month, the Clarence Hall hosted the iconic music legend, Toyah Willcox, as part of her Posh Pop Tour.  As promoter Jamie Richards of Woodfired Summit said: “It wasn’t a mystery why the crowd loved her.  Such talent, such presence, such enthusiasm and so much energy”.

Hall Trustee David Jeremiah was in the audience, and has contributed the following perspective:

“Music defines us.  I identify with R&B and Rock and Roll so, Toyah’s arrival on the “Hip Hop” “Punk” music scene in 81/82 had passed me by.  Nevertheless, during lockdown, I had become hooked on “Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch” – see it on YouTube.   Knowing she was appearing at the Clarence Hall, I bought four tickets and persuaded Ann and two old rocker friends to come along.

The gig was a sell-out.  The Hall was buzzing, and the music was loud.  Without a doubt the evening was a roaring success and Toyah, admitting to never being in this part of the world before, was effusive about Crickhowell in general and the Hall in Particular.

Ann, however, lasted all of fifteen minutes before she and my previously hedonistic friends sloped off.  I was bereft. With them gone I too started to question what I had in common with this 63-year-old bopper so, putting it down to experience, I made my excuses and, much to my shame, slinked away.

I left behind a bright, noisy, colourful, energetic evening and re-joined my party to drink flat warm beer and listen to them going on-and-on about Bob Dylan.  I have promised them we will try to book Dylan for the Clarence once COVID is over.  They have already pre-ordered their tickets.”