For the theme of our second UKE NIGHT at the new venue Club Mullum in the Ex – Services Club, we went for a feeling… ‘Happy’. We put together a book of happy, uplifting tunes entitled ‘Happy Folk’. Awesome work from the band, Paul Agar on guitar and lap, Al Brooker on bass, Rex Carter on drums and Maria Stratton on violin, percussion and Bv’s. Special guest singer Chris Mallory did a sterling job, specially on 90’s classic, ‘You Get What You Give’ by New Radicals. Also along for the night was rising Uke Stars, Uke Loveys who were very well received and put on a great show, especially Sue Stenning’s original tune – ‘Keeping Up Appearances’. Erina Leech from the Monday night Mullum Uke Club sang the female part of ‘Young Folk’ by Peter Bjorn & John while teenage son Reuben was nonchalant though executed his whistling part with aplomb. Speaking of whistling… we found happy tunes often have whistling… the finale ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ had a massive chorus of whistlers from the audience (including 2 year old Noah). Numbers were consistent with last month just over 60 payers and the room layout was approved of by our patrons. We had dancers. Great fun night!
See the entire album of photos from Lyn McCarthy’s Niche Pix here and awesome video here
November is now traditionally our time to reminisce over the past 10 months and put together our favourite tunes from the year. The band rocked yet again as we had the ‘A-Team’: Warren Earl on guitar, Al Park on Keys, Rex Carter on Drums and Rod Coe on Bass (‘The Kiwi’s’… It became apparent that nearly one third of the room was from NZ on the night – thanks to Rex turning 60 and inviting his family along). Guest vocalist were Fiona Knight who smashed her tunes and Chris Mallory who may need surgery after taking on the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive again. Rose Eadie made a special appearance with the Lennon & Maisy song.. A life That’s Good. Val Hodgson delivered another mighty version of White Rabbit. Brad Green sadly couldn’t make it as his lady had to go into hospital. Mac did a fine job of leading Brad’s ode to ‘Randy the Rooster’ done to the tune of ‘Take A Walk on The Wild Side’.
The songs that made the list in order were:
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry ‘Haywire’ McClintock
Singin’ The Blues – Marty Robbins
A Kind Of Hush – Hermans Hermits
Bird Dog – Everly Brothers
A Life That’s Goood – Lennon & Maisy
Randy The Rooster – Brad Green
All Of Me – Willie Neslon
Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Meatloaf
Can’t Take My Eyes Of You – The Four Seasons
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis
I Love The Night Life – Alicia Bridges
Better Be Home – Crowded House
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
Joy To The World – 3 Dog Night
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC DC
Kiss – Prince
with and encore of Johnny Be Goode – Chuck Berry
Thanks for great sound by Luis Christia, Deb on the door and the staff at the Courthouse Hotel.
I know it’s hard to believe… every night we have done this year has been better than the last. They have all been amazing though last night was so big on energy and the performances were stunning It’s going to be hard to top.
Great work to Val and Brad for leading us in Stand By Me and Mustang Sally respectively… Brad found his mojo very early into song and cherished being backed by such a great sounding band.
Special guests Soulman O’Gaia who always raises the roof was out-fro’d by Miss Amber though no one can can outshine this great performers bright soul. We are so blessed to have such talent in our home town. Fiona Dell is a great singer as is Fiona Knight, completely different styles and yet bring them together with Miss Amber and you have a whole lotta magic sista harmony action. Eyes were sparkling!
Big thanks to Chris Mallory who popped up for falsetto duties on Stayin’ Alive and nailed it… the song and the look. Al Park (Sir Cliff Richard’s M.D.) graced the stage with his oh so wonderful keyboards. What a gem of a man and to have the ‘glue’ of organ piano and even marimba and horns made for some sweet sounds. Al commented that he loved playing at the volume the uke night band do. You’re welcome back anytime Mr. Park.
Together Rex Carter on Drums and Rod Coe on bass are an unbeatable rhythm section… there was beautiful solid grooves from woe to go. Thanks to Luis for great sound as usual and the lovely Deb on the door. Big thanks to The Courthouse Hotel for hosting the event every month and for donating a lovely bottle of organic red wine for the raffle.
Most of all thanks to the fans in the audience who turned up in droves… all our old friends and lots of new faces. It would mean nothing without you and we love you for all your support.
Despite a relatively small turn out for August (everyone seemed to have the flu), this was a great night, Rod Coe on the P Bass and Rex carter on drums were an amazing rhythm section. For the first time ever we have a mosh of dancers at the bar. It really went off. Special guests Kathryn Jones and Chris Mallory were on fire as was Miss Amber who is really in here element with 80s tunes. It was also the welcome return of Kim Moxham on wind things.
The whole book was well received to the surprise of some of our punters who find the 80s stuff bogus. There was some great moments… thanks to all concerned.