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Monday, September 21, 2009

Scarborough - Sunday

Sunday morning up with the larks and more unhealthy eating with yet another big fat sausage sandwich - quaintly spelled 'sandwhich' on the menu. A stroll in the sunshine then back to The Spa. My initial reaction to Michael Rosen and the Homemade Orchestra was Curious, Reactionary, Anti-jazz, Performance. Apparently Michael Rosen is some kind of big deal in the world of children's poetry so perhaps I was too old to appreciate his humour which, in my eyes, paled into insignificance alongside that of Alan Barnes. However, to each his own, and I have to admit the parents and their offspring seemed to enjoy it so who am I to criticise? Michael obviously hit the market he was aiming at.
The band did have their moments with Tim Whitehead outstanding on tenor although I could take or leave his recorder playing.
The John Etheridge Christian Garrick Duo was another curates egg - when it was good it was very good but at times I felt a degree of blandness creeping in. For me the highlight was Alan Barnes joining in for a blast on "After You've Gone". Don't get me wrong, Etheridge and Garrick are monsters on their instrument but, for me, a bass player would have been welcomed. Arnie Somogyi's Scenes of the City. This was the real deal. A tribute to Mingus that performed the great man's music to perfection. Many of the pieces were from the album "Mingus Ah Um". Alan Barnes on alto and tenor, Tony Kofi alto and baritone were in top gear throughout and it was sheer Mingusian Magic. The feel good factor was with me.
Down to harbour for some of Harry Ramsden's chips, chatting with Fergie the Banjo en route (the only banjo in Scarborough that day!) then back for a solo set by Liane Carroll.
This girl can sing and play mighty fine piano in a program that had everything including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, the Coasters' "Love Potion Number Nine" (Lieber and Stoller) - a great fave of mine - as was "Orange Coloured Sky". I recommended this last number to Eric for Debbie to sing with Budvivar if you're reading this Debs...
Finally - Ken Peplowski (clt/ten), Alan Barnes (alt/ten/clt), Dave Newton (pno), Arnie Somogyi (bs) and Steve Brown (dms).
This was the perfect finale five great musicians - what more can I say except - They Delivered!
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So it was all over, many many highs and very few lows. Also new friends such as Annie from Hull, Liz and Amy from Kent (and their respective spouses where applicable) plus the couple from Manchester who were fans of Claude Werner. Enjoyed meeting you all and I hope we meet up again next year.
Lance.

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