Yes, I'm sure you are right Libby. But who doesn't like Dolly, she is a legend, even amoung people who don't usually listen to Country Music. And however you look at it, she is a fine songwriter and a great artist with a wholesome outlook on life. It is entirely fitting that Hayley should take an interest in her work.
Suz from Jonathan Ansell's forum has posted these great photos of Hayley. There are more of Jonathan, Faryl, Andy and Raven on that forum. There's also videos of Jonathan singing there, if you're interested.
Indeed Hayley sounds better here than with Sharon. Loved the video, and such a lovely pics. And, yes, I think Jonathan looks very, very interesting in this look. Oh, and I love the picture where Hayley and Faryl are together, the way Faryl dresses off-stage kind of confirms what we know, that she behaves like a normal teenager (quite following Hayley's steps, xD). She is really growimg up more and more beautiful, and even wearing brackets don't make any harm at her look.
Hi Martin, I was sat in front of you in Bath, think yourself lucky you can't put a face to the name-not a pretty sight!-like you , I would like Hayley to go a bit more folky , or certainly along the singer songwriter road .Even an album with backing from Tim ,AJ and Raven would be great-but like you, I don't care how many times I hear the songs-they always sound great . Enjoy Nottingham! Mike
Indeed Hayley sounds better here than with Sharon. Loved the video, and such a lovely pics. And, yes, I think Jonathan looks very, very interesting in this look. Oh, and I love the picture where Hayley and Faryl are together, the way Faryl dresses off-stage kind of confirms what we know, that she behaves like a normal teenager (quite following Hayley's steps, xD). She is really growing up more and more beautiful, and even wearing brackets don't make any harm at her look.
Hi mihizawi and Michael. You are correct in your perceptions and I am sorry i missed the Ponty's do, probably due to my erratic 'drop ins' these days, although had I known, logistically I could not have managed it.
I have had the chance to interact with Faryl twice and have been very impressed. Because I did a lot of Am Dram in my youth I am used to the attitudes of stage-orientated young people. If you can command a stage and an audience you can command anything, which is why I believe some kind of theatrical training is essential to everyone's pre-work experience.
When I met with Faryl she was only 13 but talking with her at a reception you could have believed her to be in her late teens or early twenties. Yet on a previous occasion when I only saw her from a distance, as she was switched out between stage calls, she was very obviously the teenager, on that occasion utterly bored stiff by the two BBC chaperones who had been dumped on her.
On the second occasion, I said to her, that I had been very tempted on that earlier occasion to come across and introduce myself but while I felt she could cope with it, I didn't think her chaperones could, "who seemed to be offering you singularly unscintillating conversation!" Her diplomacy showed she was on the ball as she made no comment but an irresistible laugh and a quiet, thoughtful "yes" told me I had hit the nail on the head.
It must drive her nuts, the sense of responsibility other people must have for her, because of legal restrictions on her age, performance timings and how she is watched over. In my younger days, simple acceptance of the reality of life enabled such youngsters simply to exercise their own common sense and were treated like adults. Stage-orientated children are always a few years more mature than their same age counterparts. In the Open-Air Shakespeare Festival in which I was involved for many years, our young persons came from the boarding school Arts Educational Centre down the road and others came from other theatrical establishments across the country. Many later achieving quite respectable professional theatre careers without making it big time.
I am convinced Faryl is able and quite happy running a 'double life'. At school and with friends she is no different from any of them but the moment the chauffeur- driven car arrives to take her to an engagement she switches into the singer out to do a job. She is comfortable with it, not because she has grown up with that quietly in the background from a very young age (which she has) but because the girl she is as herself. A down-to-earth young girl, revelling in a unique opportunity but no way letting it go to her head.
Through Faryl we are experiencing what NZ experienced with Hayley. Hayley came to the UK at 16/17, with a school tutor, still doing her lessons. Watching her develop from that time to now has been fascinating: voice development, stage technique, mastery of her art. With Faryl we are seeing the younger years we missed with Hayley and her family relationships are very similar to Hayley's, her parents are there for her, rock solidly coping with guiding her and giving her the sureness and stability she needs to cope with the extraordinary life she must lead, yet managing to keep in touch with reality. Faryl is indeed a very charming young person whom it is right to admire and respect. She's going to be okay with fame. She can handle it.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
Well, I think she likes the music enough that she wants to do it. She is following Taylor Swift, and she said last year that she was listening to Dolly Parton. If a bunch of people wanted her to do rap, I don't thinks she'd do it. I think she has to really like the music before she records it.
Bite your tongue Libby. The day day that Hayley has to follow Taylor Swift is the day I will open a vein.
I am pleased to say I was there Missed nearly all the first half of the concert but did not matter as Faryl, Hayley and Jonathan were in 2nd half It was fantastic concert wish it was on DVD it would be bst seller