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Sunday, February 08, 2015

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall.Feb. 7.

Graham Hardy, Alisdair Lord (tpt); Neville Hartley (tmb); Gavin Lee, Jim McBriarty, Alan Marshall, Steve Andrews (reeds);  Ian Wynne (pno); Phil Rutherford(sousa); Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr) Steve Doyle (dms); Caroline Iwin (vcl) + Keith Nichols (pno/vcl); Nick Ward (dms); FransSjöstrom  (bs sax).
(Review by George Watt).
February 7 and another sell out for the New Century Ragtime Orchestra at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall  Filled to capacity with enthusiasts of this band of musicians who gave presentations of tunes to which our great - grandparents tapped their to feet a 100 years ago.
A few changes have taken place in the line-up with trombonist Don Fairley retiring from the band. His old friend and look-a-like Neville Hartley vacates the piano stool to join the brass. The vacancy at the keyboard brings the exiting young talent of Ian Wynne. Another change is the hair colouring of singer Caroline Irwin who is now an even more striking brunette.
Guesting on bass saxophone was Frans Sjöstrom  who comes from Sweden. He probably uses the instrument as a submarine it is so large. Another guest was Nick Ward whose subtle drum work was stunning. Topping the visitors list was Keith Nichols who enchanted us all with his stride piano playing and musical monologues. We are indeed fortunate to have such a band on our doorstep.
George W.

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