This last Thursday May 23 at the Sports Club, the Musos saw a good turn out, with 50 odd people coming to the event. We were pleased to welcome a new performer in singer Catherine Belk. She has a rich alto voice and her style lends itself to country, but she displayed in her performance of Words from the Bee Gees, that she is happy to branch out into popular repertoire. Another guest we don’t see often was JJ Munyard, who although only 10 or so, wows us with his performance on the Stratocaster and showed on this occasion he is also a strong vocalist. He joined Jon Brown, Tony Vobr and Glen Stephens in a few bluesy songs and later featured with Paul Fagan in a Chuck Berry number. Jon and Glenn also gave us a fine duo set featuring their impressive vocal harmonies with some testing repertoire including Bennie and the Jets,Everybody’s got a hungry heart and Rikki don’t lose that number. Other performers on the night included Gary Josland and Carollynn Gresik – both in top voice, Laurie White with a great performance of 24 hours from Tulsa, Frank Moroney, Doug Pullen, Adrian Powell and Tommy Leonard who introduced us to the work of New Zealand song writer Mark Gillet. Sadly Mark, who is a largely unheralded talent, recently passed away. Perhaps it is now up to performers such as Tommy to record his songs so they have the chance to find their place in the standard repertoire.
On Sunday May 26 the Musos was at our Coffee venue at 1094 Steve Irwin Way and what an afternoon of riches was laid before us. The highlight for me came from artists new to us – No Ambition, with singer guitarist Adam Pinkowski and vocalists Joanne and Sheryl. They produced the sort of harmonies you literally die for – close, three part, tonally balanced and beautifully in tune. Each of them took solos in a set that included an original, a James Taylor number or two and The Wayfaring Stranger – a negro spiritual. They were then joined on stage by local girl Natalie Przychoszki in a vocally rich version of Smile. Earlier we had enjoyed harmonica player Iain Scott and his daughter – vocalist Reve, in some raunchy blues tunes. They are also new to us and it leaves one pondering, where do all these wonderful musicians come from? Other performers on the day included Jonathon Currency (AKA Frank Moroney) Anthony Infant (AKA Doug Pullen), Catherine Belk, Mick Dawson, Mary Martin, Adrien Powell, Kaf and Paul Fagan. The ever reliable Rusty Strings – Gerry and Doug, with their foot-tapping, folky, bluegrass repertoire attained the sort of level we have come to expect from them and earnt Gerry the Most Award as a thank you for his performances for the Musos for this month. Rob Goodwin, who is a good supporter but one we rarely hear, finished off a great afternoon for us by belting out some Creedence and Eric Clapton numbers backed by Paul, Doug, Adrien and yours truly.
If you’ve read this far you’re probably a Musos enthusiast and might like to know that for our next Sports Club session on June 13, we’ll have a theme suggested by Jon Brown: time. That should challenge us all!
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