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- Concert Review – Chris Stanbury 12th Dec 2023 December 15, 2023
Concert Review – Ian Griffin 23rd May 2023
By all accounts a well attended (61) and enjoyed concert. Attendances have yet to recover to pre Covid levels but this concert was the equal in attendees since the pandemic. Last with us 25th June 2018 Ian Griffin returned with his Ketron SD5 and Audya keyboards and Roland pedalboard. A concert of 2 halves in more ways than one. The first half was a mix of music and talk, the latter of which went on a tad too long perhaps. The second half was no chat, straight through requests, all well known which got a Standing ovation at the end.
I’ll go where the music takes me, I love how you love me, This time tomorrow, Then you can tell me goodbye, You don’t have to say you love me, Latin American selection, Dreams made to last forever, Summer wind, It had to be you, As long as I have music – Nancy Price, Ring ring – Abba, I could have danced all night, I dreamed a dream, If I were a rich man, Some enchanted evening, As long as he needs me
Sing, The Rose, Always on my mind, Crazy, Won’t send Roses, You’re my world, For ever & ever, Love is all, Bring him home, When I fall in love, Edelweiss, Wonderful land, Feelings, Fernando, Candle in the wind, Hello Dolly, Green eyes (Tango), Because you’re mine, No matter what, Highland Cathedral, Wonderful world, New York, One moment, When you tell me, Never Never / My Life
Kevin Grunill, ‘Farewell’ Concert, 25th October 2022
End of an era, This was Kevin’s very last electronic organ concert as he now leaves the circuit. As ever he used his trusty 32 year old Technics FN3 together with his PC based Paramount 450 Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ. A superb concert ending with a great Blackpool medley using the VTPO followed by a brilliant medley of Les Mis songs resulting in a standing ovation. A sad loss to the electronic organ circuit.
From the first half
Make em laugh, The wind beneath my wings, Medley of traditional organ sounds, Moonlight serenade, I know why, At last, For our Queen – Oklahoma, I can’t say no, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Oh what a beautiful morning, ‘Brassed off’, Grimethorpe colliery band, March of the cobblers, Getting married in the morning. The Phantom of the opera, All I ask of you.
From the second half
Its all right by me, Want to be like you (jungle book), Something’s got to give, This heart of mine, The great Race (Mancini), Pie in the face polka, Aces high, Anchors aweigh, A selection of theatre organ music, (Blackpool) Don’t want to set the world on fire, Happy days are here again, Blowing bubbles, A selection from Les Misérables
Call to encore ‘Hooked on Cancan
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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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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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!
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.