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Troubadours First Acoustic Open Mic Afternoon
Review of Sun 28th May 2006

By Leila Desborough
Posted Sunday, May 28, 2006

Great time had by everyone

We had a wonderful turn out of amazing artists on our first Open Acoustic Mic Afternoon. It was a lovely venue and good reasonably priced food was available and we had a very relaxed crowd that encouraged everyone that performed.

Our great performers were:

Bill Matthews- First time performer and he did a great job. A lot of talent there and we hope he keeps up his career! He did some of his own work he has a lot of potential!

Jennifer Lees - a member of The Roaring Forties folk group.In her solo performances Jennifer combines acapella singing and recitations. Jennifer sings contemporary and traditional folk, blues and gospel. She recites contemporary and bush poetry, and self-penned poems that demonstrate her wicked sense of humour. The whole bowling club stopped and listened to her beautiful voice.

Bill Crosdale- a self named "gatherer" who performed some great acapella songs and poems/stories. We really enjoyed the treasures he shared with us.

Usual Suspects- This great trio, consisting of Frank and Marilyn Russell and Cec Bucello, entertained us with a great combinations of harmony and talented musicianship as well as great songs and singing. They always give us something to think about!

Cass Van Loon- Fresh from his engagement at the Canberra folk festival Cass entertained us with is poetry and talented presentation. His poems are "all based on fact" he says having "been there and done that". He is a man that really loves his country and has great delivery and style.

Bob Jackson - Singer/Songwriter and a very talented musician. Everyone really enjoyed his set and the musicians really benefited by watching his talented guitar playing. He runs Plugged In Musical Services and is very supportive of Open Acoustic Mic.

Brian Bishop or "Cardinal Sin" sold us a few great poems that ranged from making us cry to laugh out loud.We all really enjoyed Brian's presentation and his warm and friendly delivery.

Bill Bekric - A wonderful singer who entrances the audience with his charm and talent with the first few chords. A great singer/songwriter Bill is well known at many festivals and events and his talent is widespread throughout NSW.

Slightly Off (Carl and Leila Desborough) - This duo performed two of their own songs and one by Willy Nelson. As always this can be "...very interesting" Enough said!

Michael (we have to remember to get everyone's full name next time!!) - A very talented musician and singer. His guitar playing is amazing and the room joined in on his songs and really had a good time.

Garrick - (another lost last name.....eeek!) - A very very very funny fellow and great poet. Everyone was rolling around with his laughter although some were a bit concerned when he began stripping down! Leila had stepped out a second early on and when she came back she thought he was a crazy man and what had we let in but then found it was his act! Great!

John - (yeah another one) - John came from the other part of the club attracted by the singing and watched a bit. He then wondered if he could borrow a guitar and we were very glad he did. He entertained us with an amazing voice and singing.......he must be someone famous! The audience joined in and had a great time.

Linda and John --With their lovely new baby girl "Skye" in tow Linda and John performed some very lovely songs. Their voices go very well together and we wished there was more time to listen to Linda as she sang on her own for the last couple while John did his proud father act.

We really appreciate all of your participation and hope any of our confusion didn't make anyone feel shorted. This is our first one and we are new to the whole thing so its a "birth process". Any suggestions gratefully appreciated. A big thank you to everyone who took part and to Peninsula Music for helping with so many things. Be sure to "Book Early" for the next one (June 25, 2006) as it appears spots will fill up in a hurry. Tell your friends too! We need YOU to make this a success!

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