our second Paul Kelly tribute gig last night went pretty well! (and no, its not a great photo but the best i have so far!) it was at Sean's church, and the small venue was full - about 100 people. andy voight is excellent on sound. the band was tight and we got most things right. most things...
one of the people present was a school friend of Kelly's and apparently travelled with him for a year after school. he was ecstatic about the concert and offered to play percussion with us next time! having the extra instruments - the superlative Ben Tulloch on keys, harmonica & accordion, the mega-amazing Ellen M on drums, the uber-improv Grace M on Sax, plus a local violinist, makes all the difference, since they're great musicians. plus this is the only band i've ever been in with 3 harmonica players!
proceeds are going to support the ministry of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Port Augusta. i filmed it with a fixed camera and andy is giving me the desk recording too, so we'll see how it looks and sounds! here's the setlist, in order...
To Her Door
Most Wanted Man
Taught By Experts
Leaps and Bounds
Other People’s Houses
If I Could Start Today Again
When I First Met Your Ma
Beggar on the Street of Love
From Little Things
How to Make Gravy
Somebody’s Forgetting Something
Darling It Hurts
Encore - To Her Door
the best thing was really appreciative feedback from the wide age range present. (OK, the under 20's thought it was OK...)
so you locals, book us up for something, eh? the quartet (Sean, John, Jan and I) do a range of stuff - Crowded House, Beatles, Things of Stone & Wood, Queen, Dylan, a Daryl Braithwaite song, and some original stuff...
so this morning I rehearsed with our church youth band for upcoming Centenary church concert (they needed a guitarist). these people play in big bands at school and uni, and they're good! i was out of my depth and have to go and learn some jazz chords! anybody know A7#5b9? it will be a lot of fun. we're playing the song below (get past the first amazing high trumpet bit into the song itself...., another thing called "how about you?" and "oh happy day", which, thank goodness, I can enjoy!)
the postscript to this story is that the paul kelly and paul grabowsky and vika & linda bull show 'meet me in the middle of the air" is here in Adelaide Sat 30 July. guess here I'll be? playing at our church centenary concert. sigh.
tomorrow we have a church concert practice for the band that we adults play in - a 60/70's medley. no I'm not telling you what's in it - apart from Everley Brothers, the Ronettes, Creedence and the Beatles... then my first time joining our small men's group (no, not for short people, just a few of us...). then pack up to fly to melbourne monday morning for the annual meeting of our national ministerial education commission. i've packed my uniform, bat and gloves... ready for anything.