September 28th, 2023 by Steve
Mark Thompson -- click link to hear him play

From the first half

When you’re smiling, Love, Beer barrel polka, A River Dance medley, Just the way you are, Stand by me, When you told me you loved me, Five finger boogie, I’m still standing, The white cliffs of Dover, Cheek to Cheek, Somewhere in time, Besame Mucho, Perfidia, Mumb

Mark Thompson 26th Sept 2023

Mark Thompson, with us 22nd Jan 2018, then we missed him on 23rd March 2020 due to the pandemic but he returned to be with us 27th Sept 2021 and was our first performing artiste post the pandemic lock down. Mark, an appreciated musician by many, 26th Sept 2023 brought for us his usual great concert filled with sound, music and not a little youthful humour with a northern air. A change of suit for the second half rippled a few cheers from the audience, shall we say it was a little ‘brighter’! than that worn in the first half. Mark’s music performed on his trusty Yamaha EL90. Overall an afternoon of well applauded entertainment

From the second half

Rag time band, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, When The Saints Go Marching In, And The Waltz Goes On, Czardas, Medley 1950s – 1970s, My girl, Living Doll, Do You Wanna Dance, There goes my first love, The wonder of you, Come fly with me, My way, Crocodile rock, La Bamba, Go Johnny go, and a medley of more Rock and Roll

Members of the audience rose to their feet and called for… ‘More, more’

The encore – We’ll meet again.

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May 10th, 2023 by Steve

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.


1st Half

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


2nd Half.

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

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Andrew Varley
April 27th, 2023 by Steve

Concert Review – Andrew Varley 25th April 2023

Andrews keyboard, a single Yamaha Genos but, no pedalboard. Yet he produced a good variety of music and sounds. Much were medleys from composers or popular groups past and present. That realistic Wersi sound which not many artists play was an appreciated surprise. In all an afternoon with an extensive catalogue of music. Encore – Viva La Vida Viva Amor (Franz Lambert) See Andrew Varley’s photo on our website for a link to him playing

Andrew plays – ‘ Meeting in Venice’

1st Half

Raiders March (Indiana Jones), .) Beatles Melody – Yellow sub, 64, Money can’t buy you love, Penny Lane, Yesterday, Ob-La-Di, & I love her, She loves you, Hey Jude,  Franz Lambert Medley -El torero, Love waltz, Meeting in Venice, Franz’s Polka, – The railway children, Conquest of paradise, Carpenter’s Medley – Close to you, Sing, I need to be in love, On top of the world.

2nd half

Barry Manilow –  Can’t smile without you, Weekend in New England, Bogie, could it be magic, Bermuda Triangle, I Write the songs, Co Co Cabana, – Portsmouth (Oldfield), Last farewell (Whittaker) , Sailing (Rod Stewart), Titanic theme – My heart will go on, Sailors Hornpipe, What shall we do with a drunken sailor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Anchors aweigh, Eternal Father Strong to Save, Movies Medley – Once apon a time in the west, Big country, Magnificent 7, The Good-Bad-Ugly

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October 27th, 2022 by Steve

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

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January 10th, 2022 by Steve

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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October 26th, 2021 by Steve

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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