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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January 10th, 2022 by Steve Morl

Review 13th Dec 2021 Rod Pooley

It was almost Christmas and we were all looking forward to a club Christmas night. Although we tried to keep to the usual format, Covid interfered and festivities were restricted. The forty of us who attended were there to see Rod Pooley who entertained with a mixture of both Christmas and other music performed using a TRX system based on Yamaha Genos. In between the music there was of course Rod’s sense of humour. At the interval all were offered a few festive nibbles and a beverage provided on a prepared selection plate intended to limit cross contamination. Christmas; a little constrained but that was due to Covid worries. A great night from Rod, a few sing along items and an Encore of Hooked on Classics.

From the 1st half
Feeling Groovy, Hark the Herald & other carols, Morning in Cornwall, Windmills of your mind, Last Christmas, Daydream Believer, ABBA I do I do, The Blue Danube, O come all ye faithful, Once in royal David, Bad Day, Latin medley,

From the 2nd half
Silver Shiny stockings, Let it snow let it snow, Rudolf the red nose reindeer, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Blue Bossa, Down Town, Satisfaction, When you say nothing at all, The Snowman, Walking in the rain, White Christmas, Hooked on Classics medley

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December 14th, 2021 by Steve Morl

Andrew Nix, born  near Selby, North Yorkshire, he is both a musician and an entertainer with a varied musical repertoire and broad Yorkshire humour..

At ten Andrew‘s revealed an interest in organs. His mother had an organ at home and Andrew sat and learned several Christmas carols despite it being midsummer His parents saw his potential and arranged lessons for him. Despite his two teachers he developed a style of his own style.

On leaving school Andrew was offered three nights a week playing in a local club where he accompanied artistes and played for the dancers. This was a good grounding that prove helpful and the 17 year old Andrew was was appointed Organist and Musical Director for a Theatre Group performing at Butlins, Barry Island. He enjoyed this position and whilst in it gained experience and confidence. After three further seasons with Butlins and one for Haven Holidays Andrew became fully freelance. He was increasingly in demand for concerts and dances nation-wide on both Theatre and Electronic organs.

In May 2000 Andrew started performing on a Roland Atelier and now presently tours with the AT900c. Theatre organ sounds are an asset to Andrew’s programme, from Ballads to Latin, Marches to Musicals, Andrew is one of the busiest performers on the circuit performing light hearted shows with a wide range of musical tastes.

He and his good friend Tony Stace are now firmly established as festival organisers. Trading as Topnote Events

Credit – info and photo – Organ Fax.

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October 26th, 2021 by Steve Morl

Steve Hubble 25th Oct 2021

BOKC was pleased to welcome Steve Hubble on the 25th Oct 2021, his first return since the Christmas concert of 18th December 2017 the concert that almost never was. On arrival back then the hall had no power until the caretaker was traced and reset it. No such problems in 2021. Steve Hubble’s concert; very well applauded, much humour delivered with his recognisable husky voice as he leant from stool to audience. He told us how he almost had to smuggle the ‘new Yamaha Genos’ past the wife.

Called for an encore, Yes he played his signature piece Duelling Banjo’s.

Some of the music we listened too.

From the 1st half

1492 Conquest of paradise, I’ve got you under my skin, Hello again, Wichita Lineman, Loves theme, Orange coloured Sky, Ice castle, (Grease medley), Grease lightning, summer nights, You’re the one that I want, All the way, Muskrat Ramble.

From the 2nd half,

(War of the worlds,) The eve of the war, Wind beneath my wings, (McKenna) Sway, For love one can die. (Ennio Morricone), Express yourself, September morn, Spunky, The impossible dream, Apache, One moment in time. Duelling Banjo’s.

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