It was expected to be a hot and uncomfortable one this last Sunday (for most of the country it seems) but we were probably a little luckier than most with reasonable breezes and enough shade to make for a pleasant afternoon’s music in Glasshouse. Good friends Lindsay and Maxlyn Flint opened proceedings with a fascinating set for bass and two vocals. Their arrangements of a range of jazz and popular numbers were always interesting with Lindsay utilising the full range of the 5 string bass with melodic lines, embellishments and chordal accompaniments and the vocal lines of Maxlyn and Lindsay – rich with harmony, and the subtle rhythmic addition of Maxlyn’s shaker, made for an inspiring set. Doug Pullen and Mary Martin followed and as their repertoire and styles are so different there was no loss of interest. Mary put down her guitar and premiered her new song When you are gone we will be no more – a testament to her concern for the environment, and it was well received in this version for backing track and her solo vocal.
I was particularly keen to hear what guitarist Barry Bickel would do after a notable first appearance for us only a couple of weeks ago and he was no less exciting on this occasion. His solo set on the Maton included numbers made famous by Chet Atkins and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Fix’s Stringin’ the blues gave us an almost local feel. He also ventured into the vocal realm with a James Taylor number and although a little reticent, displayed at least for me, that he is certainly competent enough as a singer. Barry later joined me on his Stratocaster for some numbers, including a version of Ray Charles’ What I say and, given that three of the numbers I sang were new to me, I was as interested as Barry was to see what they would sound like with him sitting in. It was a lot of fun for both of us and I hope for the audience as well!
Barbara Ramadge-Ross entertained us with a very bluesy set including Motherless Children, and an audience favourite in Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz. Scoobs Powell was in top form with his own style of Australiana, including a song of Henry Lawson/John Schumann, David Rovic’s In Ballarat beneath the Southern Sun and an original – Faraway Cars, which stands up well in any company. Roey Fitzpatrick kept the folk element alive with her particularly warm set which featured an addition to her already impressive arsenal – a Canadian Seagull guitar, and a lovely original song which sat nicely amongst her covers. The Goodwills (have they really named the bridge after them?) – Bob and Laurel Wilson (who really are icons of the Brisbane folk scene), showed their class in the couple of short sets they gave us of their own material including songs from their new album and a range of their old favourites. These really are clever songs and, as I remarked to Bob, one of the hallmarks of a great song is its ability to excite your interest whenever you hear it, and these songs seem to do that for me. Thanks guys, always great to have you “on the board”.
All in all a very entertaining afternoon at the Musos. We’re back on in 2 weeks at Eudlo and I have heard rumours of a small choir attending to entertain us. I’ll hope to have more information closer to the date but do put Sunday December 7 in your diary, just in case. In fact it is looking like a great December for the Musos with special concerts on Thursday December 11 and Sunday December 14. Hope to see you many of you at some of these events. If you can just fit in December 11 that’s wonderful as we are going out of our way to encourage support for touring shows such as this Small Halls event.
All the best
dr michael whiticker
composer, recording and live sound engineer, performer, producer, mentor, video maker, educator, music and event facilitator
Glasshouse Musos, November 23, 2014