It is rare for a Musos Club evening not to have a new act and last night at Beerwah RSL we had a trio featuring John Brown on guitar and vocal, Tony on bass and Jay Jay (Julian Munyard) playing a Fender Stratocaster. Our good friend Ralph sat is on his electronic Yamaha drum kit and filled out a very competent bluesy set.
So impressed were we with 9 year old Jay Jay’s effort – his first time on stage, that we awarded him the “Most” award for this month. The award was created by two of our Club regulars – Doug and Paul, for someone whom we think is making an outstanding effort in music that month at the club.
The evening saw the return of Beats Working, formerly known as the Montville Boys. They were joined on bass by their new recruit – Steve, who is a fine addition to the group. The “Boys” are a good example of what persistence achieves, as we haven’t seen them for a few months and they have been quietly practicing and are now clearly performing at a higher level. Frontman Brian sang Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s the night – a song perfectly suited to his soulful and slightly raspy voice. Laurie Bycroft on bass joined yours truly and Paul Fagan for a few songs including a tasteful version of Carlos Santana’s Samba Pa Ti. Paul was in good form with some fine Stratocaster work, and he was like a kid in a toyshop with his tremolo arm, so it is either new or has been recently rediscovered in an old closet.
A new Taylor guitar was proudly shown off by regular Mick “Od” Dawson. It was a only a ¾ guitar, and cut through the mix effortlessly, proving that size isn’t essential to a prominent sound. Aaron Trigger who has recently become a club regular showed off his new pickup and with it has lifted his quality of sound tremendously. Other regulars included Frank Moroney who gave us a thoughtful set of Irish songs and Doug Pullen with some humorous numbers culminating in the Mac Davis classic, Oh lord ain’t it hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.
Paul, joined by Laurie on bass, closed the evening with a stylish instrumental version of Stormy Monday.