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- Tony Stace March 28, 2022
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.
Steve born and from Birmingham showed an early interest in music his first instrument was a Bontempi chord organ from Woolworths bought for him at the age of 4, with it he entertained pupils and teachers in school assemblies. Steve loved playing the piano, he worked through graded exams but all the time he was forming a passionate interest in the electronic organ. He was avidly interested in the more orchestral instruments such as Eminent, Riha, Yamaha and Technics. At the age of 16 Steve had his first electronic organ, 2 years later he entered and won the 1983 Midlands Organist of the Year Contest. This launched his professional career as a concert organist and keyboard player. Steve extensively toured throughout the UK playing for Organ Societies, Keyboard Clubs and Festivals. He was particularly noted for his musical arrangements and orchestral style of playing. He also appeared many times on radio including Radio 2 “The Organist Entertains” and Radio WM “Keyboard Magic Steve is particularly pleased to have played live on TV on Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Bit on the Side.’ It is rare to find organs and keyboards featured on TV so this was a great opportunity promoting both himself and the keyboards we all appreciate.
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