Open Mic @ Coorparoo Bowls Club  – 2nd September Review

Open Mic @ Coorparoo Bowls Club – 2nd September Review

The Green Bar

October 6th, 2016

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By Lawrie

“Yippie Eye Aye” I said as I got back to the Green Bar after a few weeks away in the green rolling hills of Vermont with the marvellous Slaid Cleaves and his Texas country music.

However those great memories were quickly eclipsed by the friends, music and Montieths Pale Ale at the afore mentioned Green Bar.

I snuck in “California Stars” & a couple of other tunes (E.g Tennessee Stud) before the board filled up. David Peachey is a local with plenty of talent & played two originals (Slow Burn & NOW) as well as Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”. Hope to see him again this Friday. He was followed by Alan Marsh who is best known as one half of the Simple Pleasures Duo. Last week’s set will establish him as a solo act (sorry Warren). Alan gave us a really tidy set including “Baby Blue”, “Sister Golden Hair” and “Hotel California”.

Rob Byrnes is a regular with tremendous musical taste and talent. Think “Unchained Melody”, “Knights in White Satin”, “Go Tell Rhodi” and “Mack the Knife”. Style, style style – helped out by Alan. Jake Cullen is a very young man with a very good knowledge of the guitar and all its frets, notes and stuff like that-basically he is very good at it. He played “Sultans of Swing”, “When the War is Over” and teamed up with his equally talented sister, Bethany for a sultry “Fever” and “Wicked”.

Big welcome to some newcomers, Peter and Den, who described themselves as unashamedly folk singers and stayed true to type with some wonderful folk songs – ”Bottle of Wine” had us singing along,  then “Fare Thee Well”, “Belfast Mill” and another sing-a-long with Bob Dylan’s unfinished “Wagon Wheel”. Welcome Peter & Den. A surprise visit from the renowned, regarded and returned Dr Bob was a treat for us especially when he teamed up with our own TAK-meister for some trad. Blues-Hoochy Coochy Man, Mustang Sally & Keys to the Highway should do it for anyone.

Follow up with the renowned country artist John E Donnelly & you can see why we are having such a blast of a night. J.E.D & band (Col-dobro/banjo; Ken-lead guitar; Dennis-bass; Artus-drums) powered through Tennessee Flat Top Box, Folsom Prison Blues and The Gambler with encore requested Big River. Ken stayed on stage and was joined by his numero uno (and only gal) Doreen for a rock-a-billy set that had the dancers dancing and the foot tappers tap footing (ey?). That’ll Be the Day, Rave On, Maybe Baby, Oh Boy & Peggy Sue – a classic set from our dear and musical friends-so grateful for their support each week.

Dennis kept the dancers and tappers busy with Green Door and Run-around Sue and helped Jan out with Proud Mary, Achy Breaky Heart (her own twisty version) and Leaving on a Jet Plane. Graham snuck in quietly but we made him play and were treated with “Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands, Hello Josephine & Walk in the Room” & Colleen excelled on the keyboard with a polished set of “Crazy” & “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”.

I’m running out of words because I only know so many; so might have call it quits because I have to use up some more after our next magical, musical, mystery night this coming Friday the 7th at the Coorparoo Bowls Club from 6:30 till late.

Thanks for your music, support, camaraderie etc……………… kindest regards Lawrie.

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