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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Eisteddfod hosts sizzling Abba tribute night at Town Hall

* S.O.S belt out the Abba hits from the Town Hall stage.

* The packed audience claps and chants along to the music.

* Thank you for all those hits.

* The joint is really jumping.

* Shea asks: Does Your Mother Know?

* Phew, what a night!

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod sent out an S.O.S to the local community to get involved in an Abba tribute gig at the Town Hall last night (Friday) in aid of next year's festival - and it responded in fine style.

The result was a fabulous show put together by the Eisteddfod's Keith Potts and a small team of dedicated helpers which saw a packed audience singing and dancing along to a sizzling selection of hits saluting the Swedish super group. 

Providing the music was the tribute act named S.O.S who were brought to the stage by Black Box Events and included two sensational main vocalists, Hannah Roberts and Fran Cottingham, backed by a stonking three-piece band with James Barber on bass, Stu Nichols on guitar, Alfie Ellis on drums and Shea Ferron on keyboard.

Right from the start the iconic hits kept rolling with the likes of Super Trouper, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Angel Eyes and a very atmospheric Fernando.

The end of the first half saw the audience rise to its feet to get involved in a Greek dancing-style routine prompted by a haunting I Have a Dream.

And then, in the second half of the show, we just couldn't stay in our seats as another cracking cavalcade of musical memories came pumping out.

There was Voulez Vous, Lay All Your Love on Me, The Name of the Game, Winner Takes All and then Shea left his keyboard to join the girls with a stonking Does Your Mother Know?

More biggies came our way - Mama Mia and Waterloo - before the whole fantastic night came to a fitting end with Thank You for the Music.

Or did it? No, not quite. There could only be one encore to get almost everyone up on the dance floor and that was, of course, Dancing Queen.

So those of us who saw it say to the Eisteddfod: "Thank You for Music" and, hopefully, this sensational show brought you in lots of "Money, Money, Money". 

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