Visiting us 19th August 2019 Dave Smith
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Dave began playing the piano at 4 years old. At 7 he entered a competition organized by Carroll Levis. Dave was the youngest entrant he couldn’t reach the pedals on the grand piano of the old Grand Theatre, but he played an acceptable “Oh Mein Papa.” “Too young,” was the verdict of Mr Levis, but David, promised “I’ll be back.”
He was encouraged by his father to take classical music lessons with a Piano teacher a progressed through the entire eight grades of Associated Board Piano Examinations, passing all with Distinction.
As time went by Dave grew into and developed an illustrious career, he become musical director in cabaret clubs in and around Manchester. he was MD for stars like Morecambe & Wise, Ken Dodd and Tony Hancock, later appearing in a Royal Command Performance in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret.
Presently Dave has a group called “Jeriactric Jazz” playing in many venues around the Lancashire area.
he’s also the Musical Director, Organist and Choir Master at the church of St. Anne in his local village.
This year, Dave is celebrating 60 years in the music business !
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!
Visiting us – 24th June 2019 – Kevin Grunill
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Kevin was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1972. From an early age he showed an interest in music, at twelve he learned to play the electronic organ progressing at sixteen to the theatre organ for which he developed a different playing style to that of his electronic organ. Kevin took to performing concerts throughout the country featuring both electronic and theatre organs and is a musician just as at home playing modern electronic instruments as traditional pipe organ and piano. Kevin continued his musical education and studied at a performing arts college before Leeds University in 1994 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in music. Kevin has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare and the Opera House, the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool and Granada Television Studios Manchester. He has also performed at numerous organ societies and private residences both here and abroad.
Concert Review 25th February 2019 Paul Carman
Paul Carman – A concert performance that didn’t disappoint. At the start of the evening, as visitors came through the door, conversations were about how entertaining a recent Paul Carman concert had been. It was soon apparent the performance would be well attended.
Paul proved to be most entertaining. We expect our attending artists to be accomplished musicians, and they are, but Paul also brought with him a great sense of humour worthy of any stand-up comedian. When he wasn’t playing his music or making us laugh he was singing to us. Most should agree Paul gave us good entertainment to remember.
Korg Pa4X, In split mode with pedalboard –
Proving that a modern keyboard can successfully replace a two manual organ.