Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Party/BBQ 12th December 2011

What a wonderful way to wrap-up the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club's 2011 calendar with a fantastic BBQ Xmas Party. Members and guests came and left as their schedule dictated but that was as well given the apartment would have been bursting at the seams if all stayed all day and all night! It was great to have guest artists join us: Len Hancy on vocals; Bev Barnes vocals; John Perkin on keyboards; Ron Stanwell (President of the Tauranga Organ and Keyboard Club) on keyboards and non other than Internationally acclaimed artist, Marian Burns, who squeezed us into her busy schedule for the BBQ and after dinner music. There was lots of jamming going on and many happy, if somewhat tired bodies, by the end of the night. Definitely a Club Christmas Party to remember!

A big thank you to Peter Brophy as our generous host and also to the guest artists and a special thanks to June Stanwell, Secretary to the Tauranga Organ and Keyboard Club, for acting as our culinary host and ably assisted by Peter Littlejohn with his famous Pavlovas and magnificent Christmas cake.

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Barbara McNab getting proceedings going with some great playing on the Yamaha PSR-910 SAM_0764 SAM_0769Peter Jackson trying out the Korg Pa3X.         Annabelle Bramley watching-on whilst hubby, Michael, played and sang using the Yamaha PSR-910 

Colleen Kerr on the Korg piano and Gordon Sutherland on the Korg Pa3X played a duet to two numbers: Crazy and Cabaret. Photo courtesy of Michael Bramley. Colleen Kerr played some lovely solos on the Korg SP250 digital piano

 Desiree Barrows coming to grips with the Korg Pa3X and playing very nicely too!            Guest, Len Hancy, did the honors throughout the day and night as the chief vocalist. Good job Len. Seen here accompanying Ron Stanwell on the Korg SP250 digital piano

SAM_0781 Ron Stanwell, John Perkin (middle), Peter Brophy and Len Hancy (vocals) jamming.

 Our host for the day, Peter Brophy playing along with Len Hancy on vocals and Ron Stanwell and John Perkin jam along. Bev Barnes is seen getting into the action! L to R: Ron Stanwell, John Perkin, Len Hancy and Kevin Johnston (acoustic guitar) jamming SAM_0787 Denise Gunson joined by her 'Country and Western' husband, Brian on electric guitar and vocals. Very nice team!

Our Xmas Party Cake kindly made by Peter Littlejohn and iced by his mum for us. It was also Peter Littlejohn's Birthday on 15th December and so we were able to celebrate this auspicious occasion in the usual manner and some scrummy cake to boot!          SAM_0788 

Another view of table one enjoying the BBQ dinner SAM_0793 

 Bev Barnes had us 'in tuts of laughter' as she recited her 'Little White Nightie' song accompanied by John Perkin on the Korg Pa3X.

After a splendid sit-down BBQ dinner the music started again with lots of jamming and our special International guest artist, Marian Burns, can be seen on the right playing her famous fiddle. Left we have host, Peter Brophy accompanying Jan Johnston on keyboard and Kevin Johnston on acoustic guitar.

Foreground we see Marian Burns winding her fiddle up with some great Country and Western style music. Kevin Johnston on the right switched-over to his eukelele-banjo for this number. Nice playing guys. Left to Right: Marian Burns, Peter Brophy, Jan Johnston and Kevin Johnston accomanying with a percussive instrument/shaker Peter Littlejohn (left) joining in the fun with Marian Burns, Peter Brophy and Jan Johnston (right) jamming 

Marian (right) switched to her Eukelele for some of the numbers    Marian (right) switched to her Eukelele for some of the numbers. Seen here with L to R: Peter Brophy; Jan Johnston; and Kevin Johnston.Marian on Eukelele was calling the chords on this number to keep the band nice and tight!

Kevin Johnston and Marian Burns duelling it out and having lots of fun!   Kevin Johnston and Marian Burns winding it up and having lots of fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Club Night 6th December 2011

What a magical way to finish Club Night for 2011. In excess of 50 members and visitors (including a Japanese guest - Mayo Murakami) packed our Club Rooms for the wonderful music. We had five invited players each given a 20 minute slot to create a mini concert. Thanks to the musical participants and to the Committee and helpers to put together a great evening, what with a super supper courtesy of Delyse Whorwood and helpers. Wonderfully presented Christmas Hampers (10 of them) prepared by George and Jean Watt courtesy of our generous members contributions. Even a visit from the North Pole with Santa's helper (Jeanette Beamish) dishing out Christmas gifts and goodwill. Thanks also to Philippa Zink and Peter Jackson for a great job on door duties. It was great to have our big screen back in operation after Mr President ran over it a couple of months ago in his car!

Des Rouse played the arrival music for us on his Yamaha PSR 3000 keyboard              Alan Dadson played the Club's Clavinova CVP-509

Our resident professional musician, John Bercich, brought two Korg keyboards to entertain us with. Loved the White Christmas arrangement.          Guest, John Perkin, brought his Korg Pa3X keyboard

Denise and Brian Gunson playing during their mini concert.               Takashi Iida playing his Yamaha Electone D-Deck for us in his mini concert

Santa's helper came all the way from the North Pole to add Christmas cheer and gifts (courtesy of Jeanette Beamish).