Christmas Spectacular at The Peartree with The Fenny Stompers and Special Guests

L to R: Trefor Williams, Dennis Vick, Dave Marchant, Ken Joyner, Richard Leach and Brian Vick.

Whenever Dennis Vick’s Fenny Stompers put on a gig at Welwyn Garden City’s Peartree Jazz Club fans turn out in force, sure of an evening of top rate jazz and entertainment. So no surprise then, when on Monday, 17th December, the Fennys staged a breath taking Christmas Jazz Spectacular. And yet, yes, a surprise was sprung on the Peartree fans when two big name guest stars joined the band, Richard Leach on trombone and Trefor “Fingers” Williams on Bertha, his double bass. 

To top it off, Smiffy, the Peartree’s very own Washboard Rhythm King was up to his usual pranks, although thankfully the band condescended to only one number. Even so, as is the norm on such occasions, his nimble thimbles evoked thunderous applause.

So what better than to let Trefor Williams have the final word:

“Had an excellent night at the Peartree last Monday. Thank you to the Fenny Stompers for making me so welcome; Dennis, Brian, Ken, Dave, my old mate Richard, and especially bass man Dave. A good time was had by all.

“Well done for all the hard work in promoting our beloved music, Smiffy. You are a legend ! Many thanks to Peter and his wonderful wife, for their hospitality. You’re diamonds! It was also good to have a natter with the legendary Bob Thomas.

All in all a very pleasurable outing. God bless you all!”


But now we’ll  let the photographs tell the story.

Brian on banjo

Dennis on clarinet












Richard, Trefor, Ken and Brian

Ken on drums

Dave on trumpet











Guest stars Trefor and Richard


“Corny or not, I’m telling another one …!”

Reach for the sky!












The Peartree’s very own Washboard Rhythm King!

(Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)


Jazz&Jazz Portrait of Dave Arnold on Drums

Time for a makeover Trefor?

Richard Leach Trombonist

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