March 28th, 2022 by Steve Morl

Tony Stace

Tony started playing the organ aged nine, his father owned a Hammond T500 which was his pride a joy. Tony showed promise and tuition was arranged. For his 11th birthday Tony asked his parents to let him play a concert. His parents made the arrangements and Tony played to an audience of 100 friends and family, a well applauded success. At 13 Tony received an Elka E49 from his parents who continued to provided support and encouragement. A string successful appearances and competition wins both Nationally and internationally ensued. Tony’s dedication has made him today’s professional, together with Andrew Nix they are running Festivals under the banner ‘Topnote Events’  

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February 23rd, 2022 by Steve Morl

Concert review 22nd Feb 2022 Andrew Nix

Coming to us direct from a weekend event in Eastbourne, Andrew Nix together with his Roland AT900C joined us at Mountnessing providing us with an enjoyed evening of bright and varied entertainment. His broad Yorkshire sense of humour very much in evidence throughout, we enjoyed a ‘two for the price of one’ evening with Andrew as both keyboard musician and comedian. With us all still concerned about the Covid pandemic our numbers were depleted and due to illness there was no club raffle but nothing was missing from the nights entertainment.

From the 1st half
Tenth Regiment March, Make You Feel My Love, Shadows medley, Young lovers, Wonderful land, Ghost riders in the sky, We’ve only just begun, Top of the world, Morning in Cornwall, Smile, When you’re smiling, A 60s medley, Beatles, With a little help from my friends, Do You Want To Know A Secret, How do you do what you do to me, Save the last dance for me. Save the last dance.

From the 2nd half
Telstar, Rocking all over the world, YMCA (sing along), La Mer, I want to hold your hand, Norwegian Wood, Ticket to ride, Lady Madonna, Let it be, From Russia with love, Live and let die, You only live twice, Theatre organ medley, Over the rainbow, Bring me sunshine, A Walter Donaldson medley,
Closing with a ‘Latin’ medley as his encore.

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December 14th, 2021 by Steve Morl

22nd November 2021 concert detail Chris Stanbury

BOKC was pleased to welcome Chris Stanbury who by all accounts gave his usual brilliant concert performed using his Yamaha ELC-02 Stagea organ.

From the 1st half

Chris started with At the Sign of the Swinging Cymbal, followed by Closest Thing to Crazy, Thunder and Lightning Polka, A Rock and Roll Medley, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The One Note Samba, Radio Themes Medley including Nellie the Elephant !, Max Bygraves Medley, A Selection of Rhumbas, then Swinging Shepherd Blues. The first half ended with a superb Sixties Medley, ending on A Whiter Shade of Pale.

From the 2nd half

The second half started with the Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by On A Clear Day You Can See for Ever, a Ted Heath Medley: Hot Toddy / East of the Sun, a Dusty Springfield Medley, a brilliant performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark, some Sambas including Tico Tico, then Meditation from Thais, finishing on a foot tapping Dreamboats and Petticoats Medley. For his encore, Chris played the Thunderbirds theme.

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July 22nd, 2019 by Steve Morl

Visiting us 19th August 2019 Dave Smith

Photo credit – organ fax

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 !

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