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Saturday 21st June 2014 - Cabaret @ The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

Football, did you say? This world cup malarkey is no good for us singers.  I had a dozen guys watching the football when I went in, and half of those left after the first game finished.  It's quite disconcerting to sing to a row of backs, as the guys watch the football. But you gotta earn a crust, eh?

I was saved by a group of youngsters (listen to Auntie Aggie here) who came in for my third set, and danced away around the pool players.

Sunday, March 23th 2014 - Cabaret @ the Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

Another quiet Sunday in the Dixon Arms.  I reckon this was down to the amazing Alecia Karr Pink being booked for the next Friday – maybe folk were saving their pennies to come out and see her stunning P!nk tribute.  I’ll keep telling myself that anyway...

Saturday, February 15th 2014 - Joanie sings...the 80s @ the Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

This tribute is one of my favourites to perform.  As a teenager in the 80s I remember the songs of the time, and each one takes me back to my high school days.  This night was a bit quiet though, as I don’t think the venue had really put enough advertising out there.  I think there had been a misunderstanding about the show they had booked me to do, due to a change in the entertainment team. I was there to do a show, however, and soldiered on, as you do...I had fun dancing about in my new dungarees!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - Cabaret - Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

Another good night at the Dixon Arms, with the usual great atmosphere.  Seems I have a few fans, who come along when I’m on! 

Sunday 27th October 2013 - Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

Another great night at the Dixon Arms, with great folk having a good night out.  I'll be bringing my 80s show back here in the new year, so I'm looking forward to that...

Sunday 4th August 2013 - "JOANIE SINGS...ADELE" @The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

The Dixon Arms is one of those rare creatures - a busy pub!  This venue is tailor made to make the most out of what it has to offer.  With bar meals throughout the week, and entertainment on all weekend, it's a friendly place too, where you can be sure of a welcome.

Tonight was a quiet one, mainly because the pub had had a band in on the night before (Saturday), and told me that the place was heaving! 

I didn't mind, as the small but perfectly formed crowd were happy to see me do my thing as Adele.  I tried to keep to her more upbeat tracks (a bit difficult given a lot of the material is quite slow), such as "My Same" and "Right as Rain". "Set Fire to the Rain" and of course "Rolling in the Deep".

I then went on to do two small sets of mixed material to suit, including some of my new Tina Turner tracks and a fair smattering of 80s (I do an 80s tribute, you know)...

I'm looking forward to my next visit to the Dixon Arms.

Saturday 22nd June 2013 - LAUNCH NIGHT FOR "JOANIE SINGS...THE 80S" @ The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I am so proud of the work that's gone into my new 80s Tribute Show!  Al worked so hard on my new backdrop and lighting, and even if I do say so myself I think the work I put into the show paid off.

We had a pub full of people dancing around, some in fancy dress, reliving their youth! Including songs from Wham!, Bananarama, Erasure, Madonna and many more, this is a great party show, and features two one hour sets and also DJ Al "Monkeyboy" Stewart in charge of playing all of your favourite 80s tunes...

A huge thanks to Zoe at the Dixon Arms for taking the chance and allowing me to bring you my 80s show!  I had a great time! 

Saturday 11th May 2013 - The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I was through in the sports bar tonight, as there was a party on next door.  There's a great atmosphere in the bar, and you can tell the place is geared up for football and other sports, as there are a lot of chairs and couches facing the big screen.  I was glad to see that there's a good size area to set up in, and plenty of room to spread out the gear.

I had a great crowd, including a couple of pals who had come to see me at the Super Double Tribute Show at the Beveridge Park Hotel last year.  They were interested to hear me sing material other than Adele, and I think they had a good time.

Zoe couldn't be a better hostess, and I always feel welcomed by all the staff and punters in this lovely pub. 

Saturday 6th April 2013 - The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar, Glenrothes

Yet another good gig in the Dixon Arms.  The crowd was "bijou" to say the least, but I gather there had been a welcome home party the night before for a man who had suffered a heart attack in the pub and was now back on the mend enough to finish the night out he had been having when the attack struck.  So they had organised the same singer to be on, and quite rightly welcomed him back to the Dixon Arms. 

I was trying out some new material I intend to use for my new 80s and rock shows, both sets of which went down well.  I'm back at the Dixon Arms in May for another general cabaret show, and then I will be launching my new "Joanie sings...the 80s" show in June.  Please keep and eye on my Facebook site at www.facebook.com/joaniesings for details.

Saturday 2nd February 2012 - The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I can't praise this place enough.  A forward thinking, family friendly pub with great service and lovely people.  I am always welcomed with a smile, and the stage is always clear and ready to set up on.

Zoe wasn't there on the night, but the punters were well behaved, and out for a good night despite the time of year (first pay after Xmas bills come in!).  The crowd were small but perfectly formed, and I had many compliments during and at the end of the gig. 

Their back door makes it so easy to get the gear in and out, and you can park just outside.

I've been here as me, and as "Joanie sings...Adele", and had a great time every time. 

Saturday 6th October 2012 - The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

Joanie sings Adele

This was another great opportunity for me to showcase my Adele tribute to a Fife crowd.  The crowd was small but appreciative, and full of people who had never been to the venue before but came because they saw the ad in the Fife Free Press.  Can't be a bad thing...

The Dixon Arms is an absolute joy of a venue to play.  It may be a relatively small venue but the stage area is an ideal size and position for a singer.  Zoe is unusual amongst venue owners, as she is willing to take a chance on a new act and see how it fares with her regulars and visitors alike.

The night started off quite quiet, and the crowd built up over time, growing to fill the pub by closing time.  I wonder if I should have left my Adele set till the middle of the night?  It's not suited to the end of a night, due to the material, but there were a few late arrivals asking when I would be doing any Adele songs...

I couldn't be happier with how it went, and I enjoyed my wee bit of banter with the crowd during both the Adele set and my mixed set.

Fairly takes it out o ye though...lol 

Sunday 16th September 2012 - The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

I had no idea it had been so long since my last visit!  I contacted the Dixon Arms to advertise the Adele Tribute band I was in at the time, and they booked us for October.  The band broke up, and I contacted them to let them know and ask if it was okay to still come along as a solo Tribute act.  When they replied they said Yes, and would I like to do a Sunday in September?

The main bar area has moved into the old lounge, and what a place!  There's a beautiful wee stage set up in the corner, with lighting throughout the bar.  I've heard their meals are a hit too, and lots of people are going along for their lunches through the week as well as on a Sunday.  Good luck to Matt and Zoe.  They are lovely people running a successful business and adapting to the current climate by keeping things simple.  Good food, good atmosphere. What more do you want from a pub?

I had a fair sized audience on the night, including a few kids who had been in with their parents for a meal.  So out came all the songs my wee girl likes, and they went down a treat.  "Call Me Maybe", and "Picking up the Pieces" went down well.  i even pulled out "Agadoo" from my background music selection during the break. I forgot all the moves to "Big Fish, Little Fish" though, for which I humbly apologise.

I had a bit of musical accompaniment from one young man - I'm not sure how to spell his name - Rhys I think, who played along with me onstage.  Great stuff. (If I haven't spelled it right please let me know)

Oh and hi to the pretty wee princess, and her brother who wore an irn bru advert on his head for most of the night.  Cool.

I had a fair few requests for Rock, so I think I might just learn a wee bit more for you for next time....

I'll be back here in October to perform my Adele Tribute, so I'm looking forward to that.  See you there!

Saturday 2nd October 2010 - The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

The last time I did a gig at the Dixon Arms it was really quiet, and I spent most of the night singing to Al.  Now he doesn't mind, but I prefer there to be at least half a dozen people to entertain..

This time there were quite a few groups of people in the lounge, which was nice.  They were mostly around my age (29.....what, no?), and so my kinda music was theirs too.

I had a few people try to talk to me while I was singing.  now I know I can do a lot of things, but alas singing and having a conversation at the same time is not one of them (or is it two).  Please let me finish a song or wait til there's an instrumental break guys....

A good night all round...

Saturday 13th March 2010 - The Dixon Arms, Pitteuchar

The night before Mother's Day is never going to be a busy one, so I didn't expect a big crowd for this one. I sang most of my first set to Al, who is always happy to hear me - bless him.  A few people came in but left as soon as I started singing - well everyone's a critic..... And the door to the bar shut with a thump! as the football was on.  So, after my wee crisis of confidence, I got on with it.

At around 9.30 there was a wee influx of people - around half a dozen - who were up for a good night out from the start.  I never mind a small crowd if they are enjoying themselves and you get a bit of banter.  They were, and they stayed til the end.  Thanks guys.

I hope it's a bit busier next time. NOTE FOR ACTS - there's a new wee stage set up in the lounge, and it's looking good! Matt and Zoe have also invested in some cool ceiling lighting - wait til you see it!

Saturday 5th September 2009 - The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I really enjoyed this gig.  Instead of being in the lounge I was in the bar, and as you know, I like bar crowds.  The pub was relatively quiet as there had been a Scotland match (2-0!), and two weddings on in the town. Having said that, the people left in the bar were well up for a good night, and I took the opportunity to get out my rock and punky type set, which always makes things easier for me.  I have quite an eclectic taste in music, and enjoy performing a wide variety of songs, but rock music is what I'd listen to given half the chance.

The staff were very apologetic about the lack of numbers, but as I always say it's better to have a dozen people clap than a room full of people who don't know how to. 

Thanks, Dixon Arms!  Hope I get another booking soon.  Please check my calendar for availability...

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Saturday 2nd May 2009 - Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I never like to write too much in a review when it's someone's special day, but I must tell you that I enjoyed the night.  Our new compressor set up with the mixer has been causing a few teething troubles, so the sound may have not been 100% at the beginning of the night. Having said that, we soon realised where we were going wrong and Al twiddled a few knobs and HEY PRESTO! we were "cookin wi' gas". 

It was quite a difficult night due to the wide age range of the guests, but I think I did well.  I had a lot of requests for business cards and a lot of positive comments.

Saturday 4th August 2008 - The Dixon Arms, Glenrothes

I'm continually saying how unresponsive the average Fife crowd can be but again I have to eat my words.  I had an excellent time entertaining at this venue.

 As soon as I arrived the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly - a big Hi to everyone involved in making it such a good night.  Hi to Claire and Gordon, and Matthew made me feel very welcome before I'd even sung a note!  Sometimes I have to wait until I start singing to get a bit of respect from new venues, but not here!

 I was warned that the audience could be a bit loud and boisterous (and they were) but its always good to hear people enjoying themselves and I felt happy that the staff were always well in control. The audience were a good mix, covering all ages and musical tastes, but all seemed to mix well and be having a guid night oot.

I enjoy the chance to do my rockier stuff so this is definitely my sort of place. I offered "Paper Roses" and "Hopelessly Devoted", but there were no takers.  Well that just suits me braw. I hope to get a return booking to this place and would happily recommend it to anyone who wants to have a bit of fun. I don't know what its like on other nights, but a Saturday seems to be a party and I think you should crash it if you're in the area.

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