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Visiting us Aug 20th 2018 – Mike Hall
Mike was born New year’s day 1954 to a musical family. His father was a saxophonist in a local band. By age three Mike was picking out melodies on the piano. The family found a teacher for him but he soon moved on to the organ. Eventually being taught by the Lowrey organ exponent Jerry Allen. Along the way… Mike at age 12 played the mighty Compton organ at the Granada Grantham, The pedals though just a little out of reach as too turning the pages of the music. It was mike who gave the last performance on that organ before it was removed to make way for BINGO? Mike’s career developed and he became associated with several Italian organ manufactures resulting frequent trips to Italy. Mike has travelled all around the UK performing and many will have heard his recitals whilst he appeared on the BBC’s The Organist Entertains. Mike now lives in Barrowby; he continues to tour the UK entertaining organ society audiences.
Visiting us 25th June Ian Griffin
Ian Griffin, An award winning keyboard player, first appeared on BBC 1 TV at the age of twelve in a programme which featured Britain’s Young Entertainers. He played a Hammond organ and was voted back a second time by the live studio audience.
In 1980, at the age of fifteen, he appeared in Britain’s first Home Electronic Organ Festival and was voted the best player under the age of 18 by the readers of a national keyboard music magazine,
In conjunction with the then Pointinental Holidays, the same magazine produced a series of Spring In Spain festivals resulting in Ian being filmed for Spanish television.
In 1996 he was the musical director on HTV’s ‘ Friday Night Live’ – an early form of the X-Factor with famous personalities as judges on talent from Wales.
Visiting us 21st May 2018 – Michael Wooldridge
Well we wont be Michaels largest audience, it seems he has played to potentially 5 Million listeners on the BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’, he’s a regular on the organist entertains and has played in the presence of British royalty. As a youngster Michael won the ATOS UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition in 1980. His career then developed and he has travelled a great deal in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Dubai and Australia. Michael has an extensive repertoire in many styles, his concert programmes are packed with popular music in all styles, orchestral, big band, shows, theatre organ, classical, rock and roll and much more. He is a show producer, having staged touring shows, summer seasons and pantos throughout the UK. Michael has worked along names such as Supersonic Syd Little, Crackerjack and Good Morning Sunday’s Don Maclean, stars of the Black and White Minstrel Show, piano entertainer Bobby Crush, master magician Paul Daniels, Jimmy Cricket and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana. He spent three years as electronic organ tutor for Sussex University. Presently he is a private tutor and is the principal tutor at the Rye Wurlitzer Academy.
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Concert review 23rd April 2018 Andrew Nix
Another good concert with our Artiste for the night Andrew Nix. The audience numbers for the evening were disappointing perhaps due to another event, Seacroft. It was also the first night for the club renewals for 2018 – 2019.
True to the character portrayed in descriptive comments about Andrew, he did have a true Yorkshire sense of humour very much in evidence throughout the evening. We enjoyed a ‘two for the price of one’ evening with Andrew as both keyboard musician and comedian. Some of the music we herd included. With sword and lance, a buddy holiday medley, a medley of traditional Irish songs, When Irish eyes are smiling, Fire Dance, and an Irish gig. Then there was you, a Sigmund Romberg Medley, Music Box Dancer, Pretty Face Polka, and the Lambeth Walk. After the interval we heard the Beer barrel polka, Roll out the barrel, Good Morning Good Morning, Somewhere over the rainbow, wedding of the painted doll, Impossible dream, A Beatles medley including Money cant by you love, Yesterday, Hey Jude, then Fly me to the Moon and finally a Dixieland medley. There were calls from the audience for even more and so on the spot of the moment Andrew produced a medley of snippets from many other well known tunes. In all a very good evening.
Andrew’s instrument was a Roland Atelier