Beerburrum Musos 8.8.15 On Saturday the Musos bade farewell to a venue which in only a short time has proved very popular with our users, not only for its better proximity to Brisbane, but also for its nice vibe, and large undercover space which made it well suited as a regular venue for us with rain and other weather concerns always in mind.
It was all regulars for us at this final show and what a great job they did. Tommy Leonard’s appearances always present something new, and this occasion was no different with three songs I would have not expected from him. His version of Sweet’s 1978 hit Love is Like Oxygen was superb. I don’t think I’ve heard it since the late 70s, but it immediately struck a chord. Similarly Fernando from ABBA and Massachusetts from the Beegees. If you’re aware of Tommy’s work, you’ll know that anything he takes he makes his own, and these performances were just that. They made a lot more sense for me in his hands – probably more than they had ever done in their original format, but it would have been nice to have had a few more Tommys present so we might have got the harmonies as well!
Evan Mathieson is also somewhat catholic in his taste as his performances here showed, leaping from a song that held the number one spot for 5 weeks in 1923 – Someone stole my Girl, to a Jelly Roll Morton number and NSW folkie John Dengate’s comment on corruption in Queensland and the Fitzgerald inquiry, and finally to a dedication to the Shiny Bum Singers who sadly recently lost one of their number. And for all those who don’t know the Shiny Bum Singers, they are an hilarious bunch of (former…?) public servants from Canberra who write very funny songs about their experience.
Also on stage at this Musos were Maxine Chisholm who included a great performance of Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz and Doug Pullen with his own reading of Buffy Saint-Marie’s Universal Soldier; Barbara Ramadge-Ross gave us a suite of Julie Matthews/Chris While pieces and Rob Goodwin didn’t surprise by featuring Aussie rock legends in his set; Adrien and Kaf along with Mike Hadderell gave us a set including Scoob’s great performance of Dylans’ You Aint Going Nowhere (Down in the easy chair); And
I couldn’t resist performing a version of Gerwshin’s Summertime in my set along with my version of Voodoo Child that would probably make it’s writer – Jimi Hendrix, roll over in his grave.
The Musos are back next Sunday at our coffee gardens in Glasshouse. I hope some of you can get along
First Sunday, Eudlo Hall 1 – 4pm
Third Sunday, Glasshouse Coffee and Tea Merchants 1 – 4pm
First Friday (beginning October), Wild Rocket, Montville 6 – 9pm