I am happy to report in these worrying times with concerns over heat and bushfires and the difficulty in retaining and gaining employment, that the Musos Club is there for anyone to get up and let their hair down! We have just had the first two “Musos” of the year, and although a political or humanistic theme wasn’t necessarily on the agenda, sometimes it is just good to get up and share songs. Thursday January 10 we met at the Sport Club and enjoyed a performance from a new group from the Hinterland – Kaffee Katz. One of their members Adrien Powell, has become a regular on the drum kit for us, but in this case he played guitar with 3 other members of the group all joining in with guitar, bass and vocals. Their set included songs from Paul Kelly and Kasey Chambers and it was great to hear the classic Nights in White Satin which included a thoughtful guitar solo from Shane Anderson, joined by Sherry Anderson on guitar and Caf Kaos on drums.
Also on the night we had Mick Dawson, Frank Moroney and Paul Fagan presenting sets and we welcomed back Andrew Bilby on guitar with one of his hypnotic numbers, backed by Paul, Adrien and Brett on bass. The highlight for most of us this evening was Glenn Stephen’s set. He is a genuine wizz on the piano with an impressive voice and a vocal range that threatens the stratospheres. It is difficult to select any number in particular he does as a highlight as the technical prowess he displays in every song commands your attention, but I do enjoy his Bohemian Rhapsody compete with chortling audience members attempting Queen’s “Galileo” parts.
On Sunday January 13 we had our first appearance at the Coffee and Tea Merchants at Setter’s Market. We welcomed Sherry Anderson for a set which included her heartfelt original material. One song in particular – The Wishboat Song, I particularly enjoyed. Her strong, clear voice was so well received a second set was requested! Other performers on the day included regulars Frank, Mick, Paul and myself. I dusted off the Randy Newman classic from 1972 – Political Science, to welcome in the New Year. In typical Newman style it is very tongue in cheek, but 40 years later timely and eerie nevertheless!
Thank you to everyone – especially the listeners, who joined us for this new gig. The refreshments here are highly recommended (my partner and I heartily enjoyed ice coffees and mango smoothies), as is the attitude of proprietor Steve, keen to see it take off as a music café, with entertainment at the Coffee and Tea Merchants every Sunday afternoon. So if you have a Sunday free do try and get along. We’ll be up there organising the music on the second and forth Sundays of the month.