86 Strings – Glasshouse Musos, Sunday 14.9.14
- Question – What has 86 strings, a handcrafted cajon and lots of talent?
- Answer – Steve Moon’s Tea & Coffee Emporium at Glasshouse, last Sunday, September the 14th!
The “IN” place to be on the second & fourth Sunday of every month was jumping. A prior engagement for the Good Doctor – Michael Whiticker, found Kerry Lawson and me (Doug Pullen) in charge of the sound desk. ”Squeals, feedback and embarrassing silences at no extra charge.”
Mary Martin began the afternoon delivering originals showcasing her delicate voice and immaculate phrasing. John Donnelly then gave us a classy set, accompanied on dobro by Col Swindell, with Lawrie White joining them for Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue. Following our “musical meeting” a year or so ago, Col Swindell invited me up to the stage with my 12 string for a second round of Duelling Banjos. Sadly Col won AGAIN (but who’s counting?). Lawrie White then took to the stage and got things moving with his usual flair for picking songs that hold the audience’s attention.
Then there was Ian & Joanne. The first-timers from “down south” blew everybody away with Joanne’s brilliant voice and Ian’s immaculate guitar work. Works from John Prine and Bonnie Raitt featured in their slick set which was well worth the price of admission, anywhere. Karan Law gave us a lovely bracket of originals including the haunting Unhappy Passengerfrom her recent album Asking questions of your soul. However, my favourite wasBreathe in, Breathe out.
As Karen pointed out, the unconscious act of breathing is a form of meditation. Take a minute to think that through……………..see, I told you! Karen was very ably supported by son Murray on guitar, showing maturity well beyond his years with some very tasty lead lines, Rob Greenfield on 5 string bass (I’m jealous) and Ana Leigh with nice harmonies. A very pleasing act.
Did you know that you can take a $10 beat up guitar from the “Op Shop”, add $15 worth of strings and make it sound good? It helps if you have musical experience AND talent, or your name is Tommy Leonard, who has an abundance of both. In between attacks from a recalcitrant hairy caterpillar (but that’s another story) which decided to ‘drop in’ during a song, Tommy dug into his bottomless bag of songs and produced some gems, including a moving version of Lulu’s To Sir, with Love. It’s always a pleasure to see Tommy on our stage. Ian B McLeod kept up the high standard with his now familiar spot-on renditions of vintage songs, yodelling his heart out and providing a solid backing from his equally vintage Epiphone guitar.
If there had been a dance floor, Kerry Lawson would have had it packed with dancers with a rockin’ version of Daniel Boone’s (no, not the one with the dead cat on his head….the other one,) Beautiful Sunday. Popping up all over the place on Sunday was Mike Duggan, percussionist extraordinaire, providing tasteful backing for the artists on his latest creation, a beautifully handcrafted cajon.
By popular demand to end the afternoon, Ian & Joanne were back on stage for a couple of “toons”. Their rendition of Julie London’s Cry me a River was excellent. Ian’s guitar work – emulating Barney Kessel’s playing on the original recording, and Joanne’s soulful voice were a treat to listen to. Certainly a great ending to a great afternoon. See y’all on the 28th of September at The Place To Be, The Tea & Coffee Emporium, Glasshouse.