The Sonny Walters Band on the road!


At BBC Radio London with Jo Goode and StoosheI was out running in the misty rain yesterday morning before work and ironically it didn’t throw me at all to hear Michael Buble’s dulcet tones in my earphones, extolling the virtues of roasting his chestnuts on an open fire! This was followed by ‘White Christmas’ and, although no snowflakes were in evidence, it was still pretty chilly…where is the summer?!?!?

I think, having read through all your lovely replies to my last blog, that you are too are feeling somewhat jaded with our current seasonal issues. I remember about a month back being told that May would be a “washout” but I didn’t want to believe it. That said, it doesn’t seem to be stopping you from getting out and about and making the best of it – even playing cricket – well, Mary’s brood anyway!

Of course, the last time I wrote we were preparing for The Sonny Walter’s Band’s first gig! In preparation for this, Colin had been asked onto BBC Radio London’s afternoon show to promote the album and I was invited too, so that we could be part of the presenter, Jo Goode’s, panel game, ‘Jo’s Box Jury’. Same concept as Juke Box Jury, but much more fun 🙂

The girl band ‘Stooshe’ were also in that afternoon with us to promote their new album ‘London With The Lights On’ and they were amazing! Beautiful voices and great personalities – we all had a ball – and they were equally complimentary about Colin’s music too! We had our picture taken with them after the show (at the top of the post), although Jo did ask the question when seeing the processed pic, “Why am I pulling that face?!”…answers on a postcard please!

Colin's gigI’ve obviously seen Colin playing with the band on a number of occasions, but I have to say that on Sunday he was brilliant, they all were! It was a strange venue, at the back end of Camden in a pub that was right on a road junction, but some of the great muscial talents have played there and The Sonny Walters Band had us all rocking!

Family and friends had turned up to support them and for Colin’s sons it was the first time they’d seen him play live, and they were very impresssed. He’s playing again on the 2nd June in Watford at The Horns – his old stomping ground – so hopefully that will be equally well attended and received 🙂 

In fact, music is playing quite a large part in my life at the moment, because on the 3rd of June, my sister, Jenny, and I will be at the O2 in London to see Barbara Streisand perform the third of her London dates. I realise she’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but Jenny and I were brought up on her music – show songs, film scores, hit singles – you name them, we knew them!

We’re booked into a hotel that night, and plan to make a bit of a day of it before the concert. Soooo excited, even though the tickets were a King’s Ransom, I feel it will be well worth it…one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ evenings, and I’ll share it with you as always 🙂

Bit of a change from my early music gigs – Bebop Deluxe and Doctors of Madness being a couple of the bands I saw play live! Although I did get to see Queen play at the Hammersmith Apollo in 1975 and they were amazing! In fact, why don’t you write and tell me which bands/artists you’ve seen live over the years…bet there are a few Osmond fans amongst us!!! 🙂

Colin and Alison at the weddingI’m sorry I’ve not ‘seen’ that much of you over the last week, but my schedule included a prep day, when I’m off air, but in meetings with various folk. One of those meetings was with Emily, our Diamonique buyer, whom I mentioned in my previous blog, and she confirmed that I can now tell you about a brand new Diamonique show that I will be presenting every Thursday evening at 8pm!

It’s going to be such a treat to have a regular opportunity to bring you my favourite range of jewellery, and most of it will be designs that Emily and I chose at the Basal Jewellery Fair in March!  The first show is on July 4th, when I do hope you’ll be able to join me, but watch this space for updates prior to that 🙂

Hirsute Alison Keenan and Alison Young I think that’s pretty much all my news, as no appointment yet at The Marsden, but I did want to show you this picture taken at Colin’s nephew’s wedding (above left) – the dress is from Lesley Ebbetts With Sleeves range, and I felt fabulous in it. One final photo to finish with that I hope will make you smile…Ali Young and I creating our own range of facial hair with a box of candy floss!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and, as always, I will look forward very much to hearing from you.

Love, Ali xx


  1. Susan May 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful photo of you and Ali, Ali!! Fabulous! You have all had a few mad moments over the last week..I saw Debs G’s antics with Charlie and Ali! You looked stunning as always in that navy dress. Beautiful. How was the wedding? I am glad Colin’a gig went well and the interview too. And in answer to the weather..thoroughly fed up! But we can’t complain when you see the tragedy across Oklahoma this week. Dreadful. And the news today from London..I can’t begin to think about it. Lighter note..LOVE Queen and super jealous of you seeing them! Have a good weekend,
    Love Susan x

  2. Julie Thorogood May 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to read your blog as usual.
    I have seen Andy Williams (twice), Henry Mancini and his orchestra. Jack Jones, The Temperance Seven, Diana Dors, The Beetles, ELO (several times), Acker Bilk, Tommy Steele, The Walker Brothers. Oh I could go on and on. But then I am 74 years old.
    You have plenty of time to see many more stars. I wish I was going with you to see Barbra Streissand. I absolutely love her music. Have a great night.

  3. Wendy Reynolds May 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have to say with honesty I always look forward to your blogs they are son interesting and nice to read and this one is no exception. You always look so lovely and happy ( even with all your health problems ) which I hope are firmly behind you. I must say you always look stunning both on air and from your blogs in your everyday non working life. The dress you are wearing is truley stunning and you look amazing.
    love Wendy

  4. mary May 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali, yes I know my replies are normally typed early morning but I have just caught up after a cricket surprise there..this evening in a lovely field overlooking Leeds Castle in Maidstone, about an hours drive from home which we won convincingly, put in numerous cricket shirts and trousers etc into the washing machine to get out in the morning to dry ready for tomorrow evenings repeat performance but the weather looks shocking for tomorrow.. a night off maybe?
    I am very impressed that you are running…no wonder you keep so slim. Unfortunately I think God made me for comfort and not speed but when they design a sports bra for fuller chested ladies that does not feel like you have been bound in tight bandages I may give it a go.
    Colin’s gig sounds incredible.. next one I am sure will again be a success..O2next.
    I have seen a wide variety of pop/singers..Paul Young in the 80’s..I loved him…Bon Jovi, Phil Collins, M People, Tina Turner at Woburn Abbey was unforgettable.. she tottered down a very long stair case in a short chain mail dress and 6 inch red patent shoes to the beat introduction of Steamy Windows..never forgotten it. Also seen Take That, Simple Minds,Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark…remember Enola Gay…loads of Motown shows( me and my friend Sarah loved Motown and I had a vermilion orange mini with black nudge bars that had an amazing stereo in and its all we played) plus Shirley ‘She can belt out a tune’ Bassey at the Royal Festival Hall. We got given tickets and to be honest it wasn’t something I thought I would ever go to but she was Magnificent.
    Three things have broken this week in my house. My hand mixer went bang whilst mixing a cherry and almond cake, the microwave started to smell of burning when it was operating and my airer lost a leg. As I neef it to dry cricket kit as its raining outside I have turned it upside looks like a space probe but does the job until I can get to Argos.
    Also had some very sad news this week. My best ftiend Helen’s dad passed away..he was diagnosed with liver cancer 9 months ago and despite surgery and 3 lots of chemo he developed secondary cancer and was given only a few months to live. He deteriorated quickly and died peacefully with his family around him after only two days in the hospice. My dear friend is devastated and although I feel useless she knows I am thinking of her but she wants time to spend with her family and come to terms with his death..I hope to speak to her tomorrow but finding the right words to say is so very difficult.
    Anyhow,on a brighter note although there is cricket in Saturday I have Sunday off so its off to Herne Bay for a boot fair in the last attempt to sell my wares…what doesn’t go is going to the tip!
    Looking forward to the new diamonique show,lots of love Mary. Xx

  5. Magda Chetty May 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great blog as always, I missed your last one as I was away.
    I do know what you mean by the May weather, it is not only bad in England, it has been crazy here, the sun comes out in the morning, then it rains and by night time it is so cold you need the heating on.
    Just got back from the cruise I told you about, went around the Med with 4 girlfriends, and the weather was not great. We could not stop in one of the ports, as we had a bad storm. I got sea sick and spent 2 afternoons in the cabin, and the sun did not come out all week, but still we made the most of it.
    You look as amazing as ever, love the photo with colin. Hope everyone in the army is well, love to you all.
    Keep the great blogs coming Ali.
    Much love.

  6. angela white May 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright!? another fab blog from you and you have brought a lot of memories back asking aboub concerts and gigs! my first one was the bay city rollers in 1974 I think! iwas 16 and just started my first job in a shoe shop and a group of us went to the civic to see them,well scream really cos you couldn’t here them singing!! there was a bomb hoax and we had to evacuate and we were shouting “we want the rollers”!!! I didn’t go as far as wearing tartan though! ive also seen t”pau,joe Jackson,sad café(gorgeous lead singer!) Elton john at the nec,the stylistics,david Essex(twice!) gary glitter (less said) dr.hook but we walked out cos it was the guy with eye patch singing-no sign of lead singer,and saw spike milligan with steve cos he liked his humour! im glad colins gig went well and hope he gets lots more in the future. I hope you are well I have my 5year check up end of month,i have done my bc nurse caroline a goody bag of liz earle products cos we were talking about qvc last time she is lovely but I hope after this year I don’t see her for a while!!! I mean that in the nicest way!! I have been buying quite abit recently from qvc im trying sbc face cleanser and moisturiser and its very good ive always been a liz earle girl but fancied a change and am pleased with results! I got the ninja storm and that’s great and the revoflex xtreme to try and get rid of my jelly belly and love handles!!!lol! I hope the weather picks up soon my sister had rain in Portugal so its not just us! I hope all of ali”s army are well,take care ali,love to you and your family xx

  7. Denise May 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Lovely to read your blog as always. Also as always you have been a busy bee! Very envious of you getting to see Barbra Streisand. I was in London earlier in the week (Seeing Singin in the Rain which was fab u lous!!) and recall seeing posters on the tube for her concerts. I thought to myself then how I would love to see her. Can’t really remember my first concert but in younger days I saw Rod Stewart,Elton,Genesis then in later years Blondie.Kylie etc. Yes I’m a Donny fan too but was unable to see him when he toured with his brothers. When I met my OH he always knew how much I always wanted to see him in concert but just got on with life. One day in 2005 out of the blue arrived 2 tickets in the post to see him in Manchester! My lovely OH had booked them as a surprise for me. Needless to say I was over the moon and had a great time. I do hope to see him again before too long. I had dropped hints about his shows in Vegas with Marie but has fallen on deaf ears! Oh well I can dream!
    You look stunning in that dress Ali – I absolutely love it. As you know my son is getting married next year and seeing all the lace about I quite fancy that. In fact that dress would be superb – definately something for me to think about.
    Well Ali enjoy Barbara and if by any chance Jenny can’t make it Let me know ha ha
    Denise xx

  8. Sue Radford May 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really pleased Colin’s gig was a big success – well done Colin!
    I’m so jealous of you Ali – having tickets to see Barbara Streissand – I love her songs, and when she sings some of them they send a tingle down my spine, as she sings with such amazing passion and depth – I REALLY LOVE her voice! I have seen Roxy Music in concert three times in Cardiff and they were really fantastic. I used to love Bryan Ferry and was a big fan! I also saw David Essex twice many years ago, again in Cardiff. What a gorgeous looking man he was and his concerts were fantastic! I also saw Bob Geldof many years ago, not in concert but while we were walking through Hereford (he had a recording studio there), and in my excitement I shouted out “there’s Bob Geldof”, he overheard me, laughed and waved back at us – that really made my day LOL! OH the good old days LOL!!!
    Really love the blue lace dress on you – stunning! I’m in the process of looking for a few evening dresses for my forthcoming cruise in July, but the one I have my eye on isn’t in stock. It’s a Tiana B black tiered lace one with cap sleeves – hope it comes back in stock soon! Have ordered a few from TK Max so hope they’ll be suitable. Can’t believe it’s only a few weeks to your Nashville holiday – bet Colin is so excited. I hope you’ll have a great time there.
    Love the photo of you and Ali – really funny!
    Let’s hope June will be a better month weather wise!
    Bye for now,
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  9. Sue Radford May 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Not sure if my response got through this time.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  10. Joanna Downey May 24, 2013 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, I think Mr B got the songs right for this grotty season, I’ve had enough and look at houses for sale in Italy on a daily basis. Colin’s show sounded fantastic, do you have a “title” as the partner of a musician? We love all sorts of different types of music and have been to lots of concerts over the years, some of the best were – The Cranberries, Deacon Blue, The Corrs, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Lionel Ritchie and Elton John. Also love Abba tribute band Voulez vous and have also been to many classical events, my top one being The Sixteen singing Christmas carols two years ago – still get goosebumps remembering the sound they made. In December 1988 we saw a Scottish band called Runrig who were the support for Chris de Burgh, we loved their music from the first note and have seen them on every tour since then including a 15 hour round trip to Glasgow a few years ago. In the middle of April we went to Symphony Hall to see Ludivico Einaudi, the Italian composer who wrote the piece of music I Giorni which is played on the BBC arts and culture promos, he was sublime. Diamonique shows sound wonderful and I’m preparing my bank balance for them. Love the Van Dyck look you two achieved with the candy floss but you look truly lovely in the blue dress and Colin is obviously a very proud man to have you on his arm. Love from Jo x

  11. Chris Page May 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Watford’s not far from my neck of the woods, so I might pop along to see Colin and have a chanwag with you (if you’re not working, obvs!). Sadly, I’ve taken a few steps back regarding my troublesome leg – I cam down with the same lurgy again on Tuesday, so I’m back to antibiotics and dressings again. GAH!
    As for gigs I’ve seen (if my old memory serves me correctly) – Status Quo (must be five times), Bryan Adams, Squeeze, Bon Jovi, Gary Moore, AC/DC, Dio, Def Leppard, Doro Pesch (great German heavy metal vocalist), Fear Factory and Black Sabbath (thanks for the tinnitus, Ozzy!), Doctor and The Medics, Edwin Starr, Billy Idol, Sweet, Mud….and many others I can’t think of right now.
    Take Care,
    Chris xx

  12. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, Clearly I missed Debbie G’s antics wtih Charlie and Ali… will have to investigate! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment re the dress, but really down to Lesley Ebbetts and her fab range! The wedding was lovely – very quiet with not a huge number of people – but romantic 🙂 I hope that since you wrote you reply to me you will have been treated to some sunshine, as I think we’d ALL had enough of the grey weather! Thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Julie, I am SO impressed with your list of entertainers! Andy Williams and The Beatles to name but a few! Incredible – I bet you could tell a few stories of those nights out 🙂 I wish you were coming with Jenny and I too – but I will try and write about and take photos so you’ll get a feel for it at least. Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Wendy, what a lovely thing to write, and I am very glad that you enjoy reading the blogs, as I very much enjoy writing them 🙂 I’m glad you liked the dress, and was great to wear it out rather than just at work! I hope you will have had a good weekend, and a chance to enjoy the sunshine, love Ali xx

  15. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, I was so sorry to read about your friend’s father, and hope that over the last few days, she will have been able to talk to you and in turn, you will have been able to comfort her… Sad times, but I am glad that he passed with his family around him. You sound as though you still have a great deal going on – well done again with the cricket, andI hope that the Saturday match was won, and that the boot fair in Herne went well. My friend Erika lives in Herne Bay – it’s such a pretty little town, and the beach is beautiful 🙂 Thanks for your very impressive list of gigs – particularly envious of the Motown nights and of course Shirley Bassey! Your car sounds pretty cool too.. I still love playing my music loud when I’m driving 🙂 You take care, and thanks as always for keeping in touch.. Seems like you’ve got the hang of Twitter now too! 🙂 Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Mary, Bon Jovi…. soooooooo envious 😀 xx

  17. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Magda, Sounds like the weather front has affected all of us, even you on your beautiful island! I was so sorry to hear about your sea sickness… dreadful! Have had it several times myself – most notably on the fateful day of the Fastnet Disaster in the 70’s! Crossed the channel that day, and it was terrifying! I hope too that everyone in our Army is well… Una, Alpa, Helen and Debz to name but a few 🙂 You take care, and I hope that Liz will soon be well enough to visit you. Thanks for writing, Love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Ooh Angela, it was like a trip down memory lane reading your concert and gig list! I can’t honestly say I was ever a Bay City Rollers fan – although I thought Les the lead singer was fit! Loved the Stylistics, and was given their album for my 16th birthday from my school friends 🙂 I did see David Essex a couple of years or so back with Debbie Greenwood, when we went to see The Osmonds and David Cassidy. Even though he’d lost his black curls he still had the most lovely smile… Glad you’ve been finding lots of things from us that are useful to you. I too bought the Ninja Storm, and it really does save so much time doesn’t it?! I hope you’ve enjoyed this unusually sunny Bank Holiday Angela, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Denise, so glad you liked the dress, and if you were thinking of getting one for your son’s wedding, I’m sure you’d look stunning! It’s also really comfortable and doesn’t crease.. all positives I feel 🙂 How strange that both your OH and mine bought tickets for us to see Donny Osmond. Colin and I went in 2009 in Brighton… I was thrilled (he sat very quietly next to me and was possibly one of only a handful of men there! ) Quite an impressive gig list that you supplied too! And it’s interesting how different everyone’s taste in music seems to be. I’ll let you know how my night out ‘with Barbra’ is – Jenny and I are already excited at the prospect! Take care and I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend, love ali xx

  20. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Well Sue interesting that you are a Streisand fan too, although I have to be honest and say that Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music never floated my boat! I know that tingle up the spine with Barb’s voice though… “Just a piece of Sky” from Yentl is one of the songs that does that to me… i may actually wear the blue dress to the concert, but very much hope that the black lace Tiana B dress you’re talking about comes back into stock soon for you..good to have a few alternatives though to choose from 🙂 Glad you liked the pic of Ali and I – you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to balance the candy floss while we took the picture. We were in stitches 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine this weekend, and that as you say, June will indeed be ‘flaming’!! Take care, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan May 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jo, Can’t say I blame you for perusing the Italian housing market – although the last few days have been glorious here! I don’t think I do have a title as Colin’s partner – perhaps I could think of one! 🙂 It sounds as though you and your husband have a wonderfully wide range of interests when it comes to music and are clearly dedicated to Runrig.. I’ll look them up! Must be something special to make a 15 hour round trip to see them 😀 I’m glad that you too are looking forward to the regular Diamonique shows… Just a little over a month away, and Nashville in the middle of all that! Sometimes time just runs away with me, but I so prefer to be busy.. talking of which will have to sign off and head in to QVC now for my new TSV with Richard Jackson! Planning on ordering one for myself 🙂 You take care Jo, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  22. Jilly May 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I just love that navy dress you have on in the picture with Colin – it looks simply stunning.lovely to read your blog and catch up with all your latest news – how busy you all are and how wonderful it is for you. Hopefully there will be a hospital date soon and then you can move onwards and upwards once again.Hope you managed to have some “me” time over the bank holiday – Sunday was lovely with us but most of Monday a washout!!
    All is good in my household at the moment with daughter’s hair continuing to grow (although she still wears the wig outside) and even I can see her lashes without wearing my glasses so they are coming along nicely. On Sunday she wore a Pandora bracelet that she has not worn for a while – well since she had the blood clot in her arm. She was told that the swelling on the arm would take many months to go but was delighted to be able to wear the bracelet again and although the top of the arm is still bigger it has gone down somewhat.
    I ordered the Decleor TSV and cannot wait to try out the sun cream – I did laugh at your legs!!! I love Decleor so am looking forward to trying this cream out. I will let you know how I get on. Catch you soon love Jilly x

  23. alison keenan May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Jilly, wonderful as always to hear from you and to hear about Annie.. Is the swelling in her arm still to do with the blood clot? I only ask as it may be lymphoedema, although I’ll pray it’s not – such a pain and so permanent. I’m glad my legs made you laugh…!!! I did manage to slather on an additional amount so they’re mercifully even in colour now! Do let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear. I saw the consultant and will be probably starting a series of operations in July. Will let you know more next time I write. Love to you and yours, me and mine xxx

  24. angela white May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,just a quickie! to let you know check up was fine,so wait for appointment for mamagram now I thought it was 5yrs then they discharge you but its 10yrs! oh well better safe than sorry I suppose!!! I hope you are well and your family. have a lovely weekend im just off to make some easiyo-yummy! another purchase from qvc! x

  25. Jackie (p) June 3, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was meeting you and Colin in Watford on Sunday evening, what a lovely bubbly and friendly lady you are, the reason for the meeting was my husband and I went to watch the Sonny Walters Band, (WOW!) and were they good, my kind of music). WE wish them every success in the future.Take care Ali, and keep your blogs coming, love reading them.
    Love Jackie x x x

  26. Bob Corser April 11, 2014 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Alison, i am watching you present birkenstock products now, and my wife loves your heart necklace. Could you tell me where you got it from, so i could possibliy buy it for my wife. Thanks….Bob.

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