Friday, February 18, 2011

Variety Concert

Tenterfield had the privilege of enjoying a variety concert last night par excellence!
With locals still picking up the pieces from the January floods it was second nature for Berryl Dean & Chris Markham to put their heads together and put up a plan for an evening of entertainment.
The Rotary Club of Tenterfield, an ever-ready band of troopers, got themselves involved, as did many other unsung heroes behind the scenes. The upshot, a very enjoyable evening of entertainment.
Chris Markham, Barry Patterson, Lorraine Rhodes-Roberts and Jan Ross were accompanied by the very capable Grant Ovenden on Grand Piano, to give us songs like ‘Ordinary Miracles’, ‘Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington’, ‘Will you still love me tomorrow’ and ‘I dreamed a dream’. Local Acapella group Pitching Tents gave us four traditional songs in the round, while up and coming local, Sara Eriksson complete with her guitar, sang two beautiful songs that she had written.
Local favourite Cameron Bolton complete with trusty guitar (highly decorated with stickers gathered from a recent overseas trip) belted out cover versions of Diesel and Paul Kelly – go Cameron!
If you thought the evening was purely song – you couldn’t have been more mistaken – John McMahon and Erica Cossins put on their dancing shoes and brought us Cha Cha, Rumba and Rock’n’Roll whilst Stacey Hayne offered a beautiful ballet display followed in the second half by a contemporary piece.
Local Bush Poet Tony Kelly brought the house down with his stories especially when most of the audience had a fair idea (or thought they did) on who he was talking about!
Peter & Michael 2/3 of Welders Dog (David had to work) sang their self penned songs ‘Troubadour’ and ‘Eureka’ accompanied by mandola and lagerphone. Now there’s a group to watch out for. Georgie Chorley drove all the way from Armidale to join her friends on stage singing a haunting ‘I think it’s going to rain today’ and the more up tempo ‘The wind cries Mary’ whilst accompanying herself on the Grand Piano.
Finally, back on old stomping ground (namely the School of Arts stage where he first performed at age 4) …. Gary Shearston! Along with his son Luke, who plays drums on his fathers latest CD ‘Renegade’ Gary gave us ‘Dingo’ and ‘Tenterfield’.
For those that missed out – don’t worry there are tickets still available for the Matinee performance this Saturday afternoon. But hurry – they won’t last once the word is out!!!
Just for good measure a huge group of business houses have put up a bucket load of goodies all of which will be auctioned off on the Saturday evening at The Tavern.
Money raised from these events will go to Flood Relief in the local Tenterfield Shire district.

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