Blasting our the Cobwebs at the Glass House Mountains Muso Club at the Sports Club 11 july 2013
Another great night for the Musos with 2 new performers appearing and some outstanding artists from last year coming back to entertain. As Doug Pullen – our statistician, regular bass player and part time comic noted, we have now had 133 different acts at the Musos club, so it is no surprise that we seem to have new acts at almost every session. On this occasion we welcomed a very young talent in Cassie Hilbers. She might be 10 years old, but performing Grow my wings and fly – one of her own songs, to open her set was a surprise, then following that with a professionally executed Kasey Chambers number, shows that here we have an artist whose ability is well beyond her few years. The relaxed yet confident nature of her presentation, original songs, strong voice (for one so young) and impressive sounding ¾ size Maton guitar shows that she has everything in place and will doubtless go on to a big career in music. We wish her all the best and hope she makes the Musos a regular port of call on her journey!
Another newcomer was drummer Alex Swinton who joined singer/guitarist Job Cran in a couple of short sets. He was particularly competent and appeared completely at home at the Musos. Reggie and Ellie Thompson are consummate professionals. We have enjoyed their work before and on this occasion they set the bar just as high. Reggie is an outstanding guitarist and his stage presence is electric. With his and wife Ellie’s vocals right on the button in a repertoire of country and rock and roll it just doesn’t get much better at the Musos. Carolyn Gresik stepped up a notch for this session with a set with backing tracks and later in the evening fronted a band with Brett Hall on bass, Paul Fagan on guitar and “Scoobs” Powell on kit. She has a lovely voice and it is always a treat to have her sing with us. Other performers at this session included JJ Munyard, Andrew Bilby, Kathy Belk, Frank Moroney, Mick Od, and Doug Pullen.
GHM Musos at the “Coffee and Tea…” 14 july 2013
Not a big turn out for us numbers wise and perhaps this can be put down to the threatening weather, but nevertheless a new performer appeared for the day in singer guitarist Sandi Edwards. Sandi is only recently arrived in the region and is keen to get back into singing. Perhaps there was an element of “blasting out the cobwebs’ with her showing but it was still a good one. Sandi has a fine voice and with the very slick set she gave us – squeezing 6 or 7 or so songs into 15 minutes, displayed her professional background as a stage performer. Also on the card were Matt Rosin and his 12 year old nephew Dylan. Dylan aired an original song – Survivor. It was the premiere of this song and so especially exciting for us to be amongst the first audience for what came across as a very worthy number. Two harmonica players – Ian Scott and Lee Moon, both of whom have presented for the Musos before, performed, and Clive Bilby cast out the demon nerves and powered up his Stratocaster for a fine Shadows set. Doug Pullen, Mick Od, Frank Moroney, Pam Mathews, and your truly also played on this overcast Sunday afternoon.
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