Before I get started, I have to warn you that today’s post is going to be a long one, and confess that the photos it contains weren’t taken on my camera phone. After the Michael Buble’ concert photo debacle
, I decided that getting the images was more important than what I took them on. I hope you’ll forgive me…
Now I have to tell you about last Saturday night! Lipstick & Spurs
– the choir I’m part of – hosted a gig at Don’t Tell Tom’s
, in Brunswick. If you were there, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment.
Jenny Taylor, our illustrious leader, had it so well organised that there wasn’t a hitch, and the staff at the venue – especially Ray, the sound engineer – were fabulous.
Our choir leader, the amazingly talented and dedicated Jenny Taylor.
Everyone worked really hard in the months leading up to the gig, to ensure that we acquitted ourselves well, and it seems to have paid off. The audience seemed very happy – clapping and singing along and generally being fabulously supportive (of course, many of them were related to choir members, but they didn’t have to be nice to us… ).
Laura McDonald - a lovely girl, an incredibly talented musician and Lipstick & Spurs' accompanist
We had a ball, as we always do when Lipstick & Spurs performs. I mean, who would have thought that we – most of us in our 40s, and many of us relative beginners – would get a chance to sing our hearts out for a crowd of 400+, with two of our favourite artists (Sally Dastey and Trish Anderson)?
'Daddy sang bass' reaches a climax.
I seriously cannot think of anything I’d rather do. Singing is such a positive thing to do at the best of times, but with 20 or so of your mates, and surrounded by family and friends, it is pure joy. I wish I could do it every day (although we’d need a bigger repertoire than we have at the moment)!
Sally Dastey leads the choir through her song "The race is on".
Looking exultant, Sally sings one of her new songs for the audience at 'Don't Tell Tom's'
If you’ve been reading Blogday
for a while, you might remember the gig we did with Sally Dastey at Young & Jackson’s
, in December of last year, and how much fun it was.
If it is possible, this one was even more fun.
Trish Anderson treated us to a fantastic version of Dolly Parton's '9 to 5'
Both Sally and Trish Anderson were amazing – teaching us their songs, encouraging us and just generally having fun. On the night, each of them performed a couple of their own songs as well as singing with the choir.
Apart from the choir’s performances (alone and with both Trish and Sally), there were ensemble performances from our choir master, Jenny Taylor and accompanist, Laura McDonald; choir member Louise Taunt (below),
Louise Taunt, one of the choir members, sings an original song
Louise, here accompanied by Trish Anderson on guitar.
And the Rusty Springs – a country-inspired ukulele quartet – debuted (that’s me in black at the front)!
The Rusty Springs (l-r: Lachlan Garland, Karen Gough, Anne Joiner and Caron Cavalier)
The four of us met at MUK (the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective) almost three years ago, and all joined the choir together a year and a half, or so, ago.On one song – Ring of Fire – we were lucky enough to be accompanied by three of our friends from L&S on kazoo. Jenny (front), Ingrid (middle) and Linda (back) are now affectionately known as the Hornbags (below)!
What a fantastic experience! I could go on for hours about how supportive everyone was for our first performance as a quartet, but I don’t want to bang on any more here. I think that is worthy of a post all on its own!
Don’t forget to let me know if you managed to catch the show on Saturday night. I’d love to hear your comments.