Sunday, August 19, 2012

Coffee Day at the Club 19th August 2012

What a lovely, relaxed and enjoyable way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon! Good company, good food and a great variety of magic music. The whiteboard seems to be working well and ensuring those that wish to play get a fifteen minute slot (provided they turn-up early enough to get their names on the board that is!). Our catering manager, Delyse Whorwood, had the dreaded lurgy and thought it expedient not to come along and therefore avoid spreading her infection. However, her call of duty meant that she still prepared a brilliant spread of cheeseboard, dip, grapes and cake for us to enjoy on a side table with the tea and coffee – thank you Delyse. It was cabaret style so everybody just helped themselves to refreshments as and when they wished. A big thank you to all that helped with the organization on the day including: Peter Brophy, Peter Littlejohn, Lizza Littlejohn, Jeanette Beamish, Colin and Yvonne Crann (bringing the vitals from Delyse's place) amongst others. Jeanette Beamish and Peter Littlejohn spent a considerable amount of time cataloguing the sheet music and pricing same. So check-out the Trading Table next Club Night!

Colin Crann kicked proceedings off on the Clavinova Ngaire McRae giving the Clavinova a whirl Gordon France entertained us on his banjo-eukelele plus vocals. Eat ya heart out George Formby!Rou Steen played the Clavinova 'straight' as a grand piano    New member, Diane Lyons, gave us some impromtu vocals to Roy Steen's playing Pam Rea playing Gordon Sutherland's Korg Pa3X Peter Jackson used his Korg Pa1X to play backing tracks for him to sing along with Kareoke style Ian Jackson gave the Clavinova a good 'airing'Peter Littlejohn enjoying the Clavinova (as were we with his playing) Denise Gunson entertaining us on the Clavinova Denise and Brian Gunson entertaining us on the Clavinova/electric guitarThe Roll of Honour!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Club Night 7th August 2012

A mid-winter special right out of the box. A really special night of music and a good attendance considering the time of year. Arrival music was ably played by Peter Littlejohn on the Clavinova and followed by Gordon Sutherland on John Perkin's Korg Pa3X. Yvonne Moller followed on her Korg Pa1X. Chris Larking from Music Planet Taharoto Road, Takapuna then kindly gave us an impromptu couple of pieces: one on the Pa3X and the other on the Clavinova. The first half was finished off by Roy Steen on his Korg Pa80. John Perkin, our guest artist, then played for a solid hour on his Korg Pa3X. John has had the instrument now for about 12 months and what a great performance - some magnificent and original arrangements of some classic easy listening pieces such as: Summertime and Sweet Georgia Brown. If you missed the evening or would like to listen again to a sample of what John played for us then click on the YouTube links below!

A big thank you to all the artists for a great show and also a big thank you to the Committee members for their support in making the evening run nice and smoothly. Door duties this month were kindly undertaken by Peter Jackson and Marlene Bakalich.

YouTube hosted Video Clips of our Guest Artist and member, John Perkin, playing his Korg Pa3X on Club Night



Our guest artist for the evening, John Perkin, played his Korg Pa3X with some stunning original arrangements of easy listening classics such as: Summertime and Georgia.

SAM_1180                Gordon Sutherland playing on John Perkin's Korg Pa3X. Photo courtesy of Delyse Whorwood.    Yvonne Moller brought her Korg Pa1X to play for us. Photo courtesy of Delyse Whorwood.

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