It was a quieter than usual night at the Sports Club last Thursday which allowed some acts to let their hair down and in some cases play 5 numbers. We welcomed new comers who retained the high standard we seem to expect from our musicians these days.
Recently arrived from Ballarat, young singer AJ accompanied herself – with some support from Paul Fagan, in songs from Van Morrison, Kasey Chambers and the Dixie Chicks and even gave us her own “bathroom” version of the classic Midnight Special. She has a natural stage presence and a strong earthy voice.
We welcome her back to the Club, along with her step father Craig Greene who joined her on stage for a Daddy Cool number. He displayed an impressive voice with an exceptional range and has assured us he’ll back with partner Kerrie Watson in the near future to perform for us.
Another newcomer was Gerry O’Regan who gave us 2 songs in the British folk singers tradition, allowing us a nice blend of styles in an evening which moved from the impressively played Shadows repertoire of Clive Bilby with his new band Shatter, to the 80s rock of Jon Brown and newcomer Glenn Stephens. Glenn is a fine pianist and singer whose repertoire with Jon included Mental as Anything, Crowded House and Toto’s Africa – sung in those very high registers with Jon’s tight harmonies and guitar accompaniment.
Other performers for the evening included Frank Moroney whose sets are always worthy of note. In this case it was train songs with stories of box cars and freight trains conjuring up that prewar mid west US country and folk music world, which Frank’s low, slightly muffled voice suitably matched. Mick Dawson also performed a set of originals for us with his new Turner guitar and bassist Doug Pullen played to his usual reliable high standard, while Trigger (Aaron Tregea) on guitar included an impressive Betterman sung by AJ. Trigger gains confidence with each performance and we look forward to his showing at each session.
Celebrating 40 years since Harvest, we have an evening featuring the music of Neil Young and friends and our next session in a fortnight. Interest has mounted for this event with at least 8 performers booking spots.