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October 22nd, 2021 by Steve Morl

Mark Thompson 27th Sept 2021

Live performance has returned to BOKC,  The club welcomed Mark Thompson and his Yamaha EL90 to our stage on 27th Sept 2021.  Covid still with us, this first tentative concert  brought a not unexpected low turnout  but Mark produced an evening of quality music of broad appeal. The interval saw a ‘costume’ change to a lively almost orange suit which alone drew applause from the audience. Mark’s commentary between his music contained much to amuse the audience. and the evening concluded with his call to encore.

27th Sept was amidst  the fuel crisis, hopefully Mark found fuel for his return home. 

Some music from the first half

When you’re smiling, Love (Nat King Cole), Roll out the barrel, Wonderful tonight, Somewhere out there (American tail), the cross hand boogie, El Comanchero, Jurassic park theme, Home alone theme, Somewhere in my memory (home alone), Music for VE day, Alexander’s Rag time band, boogie woogie bugle boy, When the saints come marching in, Sleepy shores (André reeve)

Some music from the second half

Anything goes, lady & the tramp, Diamonds & Pearls, And the waltz goes on, Thinking out load (Ed Sheeran), Trish trash polka, Spanish dance (shostakovich), A medley 1950 -1970s – I will survive (Gaynor), My Girl,  Living doll (Cliff) do wah diddy diddy (Manfred Mann), Here come my baby, The wonder of you (Elvis), Hit the Road Jack, Mac the knife, When you’re smiling, A Rock Roll medley – Dancing the night away,

Encore we’ll meet again.

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July 23rd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 2019-07-22 Lewis Scott

 Lewis, a young and keen instrumentalist provided our concert and was assisted in ‘setting up’ by his family. It was apparent that they are all very enthusiastic, in itself appealing by their dedication. Lewis produced a rounded selection of music with a bias toward theatre organ, all played faultlessly but played ‘straight’ and at a tempo that seemed to warrant a little more pace. His personal style perhaps is still developing together with his audience repartee, nevertheless, so rewarding to see a young and talented performer at the keyboard.

Some of the music played included – Colditz theme, Murder on the orient express, Hushaby mountain, A night in Tunisia, Tenderly, The last waltz (Englelbert Humperdink), Midnight in Moscow. Tonight,  Don’t go breaking my heart, your song (Elton John). Quando Quando, Teco Teco. Stranger on the shore (Acker Bilk). Theme from ET.

After the interval – I’m still standing (Elton john). Stardust, Telstar, My Cherie Amour, Take the ‘A’ train, Titanic theme, A medley from Westside story,

For the encore Co Co Cabana.

Lewis’s instrument was a Roland Atelier AT900C with full pedalboard

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June 28th, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 24th June 2019 Kevin Grunill

Kevin arrived with what some were heard to have described as; an elderly Technics FN3. The instrument setup on the stage had no trailing wires or additional speakers. Despite its perceived age the instrument appeared neat and traditional.  Once Kevin was playing it was obvious it could fill the hall with sound. The FN3 was coupled to his PC and he used the Hauptwerk Paramount 450 Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ to give Blackpool sounds. We heard a good evening of musical variety interspersed with not a little humour. Kevin’s style of play is distinctly his own and all music is concluded to a slowing crescendo, a little unusual for a romantic melody. An enjoyable evening concluded with an encore comprising an appreciated medley from Les Miserables.

Amongst music played by Kevin;

Make em laugh, That’s entertainment, Make the world a little younger, the city of my dreams, red rose café, Misty, I’m in the mood for love, The pie in the face polka (Mancini),   the wind beneath my feet (Bet Midler), The lady is a tramp, Dancing cheek to cheek, A medley of music from stage and screen, Somewhere over the rainbow, Doe Ray Me (Sound of music), Phantom of the opera,

After the interval

March of the high school cadets, Neil Sedaker – The hungry years, An ‘American collection’, Mac the knife, A big Band medley, Harry Warren’s – This Heart of mine, in both celebration and commemoration of ‘D’ Day, Aces high, Anchors away, The great little army – Marches. Further medleys in the Blackpool style and that of the theatre organ. The evening concluded with a selection of waltzes but of course Kevin returned for his encore of Les Miserables.

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May 22nd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Concert review 20th May 2019 Mathew Bason

Mathew’s concert immediately followed our 2019 AGM and that alone was probably enough to subdue us all. The second half of the evening with Mathew on the stage with his Weiltmeister in hand brought the evening to life. His piano accordion (Weiltmeister) playing added to his already established high level of performance on his Roland 350C Dual Keyboard (and pedals plus separate Yamaha P-105). Mathew also gave us a moving sung rendition of “Bring Him home” accompanied by his Ipad!!

Mathew is not a stranger to us and his name is synonymous with that of an accomplished entertainer, in that he did not disappoint.

Amongst Mathew’s music we heard:- Make ‘em’ laugh, in love for the first time, Perfect – Ed Sheeran,  A medley to the world of dance and Bigband, A feline collection, (as Mathew called) including the aristocats, A well sung by Mathew, rendition of; ‘Bring him home’. A selection of Viennese music, blue bell polka (On the Weiltmeister), Samba de Orfeu from Black Orpheus, Grieg – Norwegian Dance no. 2. March militaire, All of me – John Legend, A country and Weston medley, Rhinestone Cowboy, Ring of fire.

Called for an encore Mathew Played the Radetzky March – an all time favourite at the proms!

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