Chesney and Chip Hawkes, The Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury - review

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Best known for his 90s hit The One and Only, Chesney Hawkes made it a double date when he played in Shrewsbury this week.

Appearing alongside his dad Chip, Chesney put on not one but two gigs due to popular demand.

And it was an emotional performance for the 45-year-old and his 71-year-old father who is currently battling cancer.

Their sell-out shows were staged at The Henry Tudor House in Barracks Passage last night and on Monday evening.

The pair were finally fulfilling a long-held ambition to go on tour together and have been playing at a number of intimate venues around the country. Along with Chesney's brother Jodie and long-time Robbie Williams bass guitarist, Gary Nuttall, Chesney and Chip led the crowd through their long musical history, which started with Chip joining the Tremeloes in 1966 and went beyond Chesney's 1991 UK No1 hit The One and Only.

The foursome played a number of Tremeloes songs, alongside Hawkes' family favourites and Chesney's own songs, including 'that' big hit from the 90s.

They also held a question and answer session and threw in some rock 'n' roll stories for good measure. Graham Jenkins, owner of Henry Tudor House said: "The gigs were a bit of a bucket list for Chip. It is well known he has cancer and he is currently undergoing treatment so to be able to come along and play at the venue was great.

"This tour is the first time that Chip, Jodie and Chesney have all played together and it was fantastic. Chesney played an acoustic set here two years ago and this was a full band with drums and bass. The crowd really enjoyed it. We had people who were fans of the Tremeloes and then also those who followed Chesney, so we had a great mix of people. It is fair to say it was a unifying gig."

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