Ballina Uke Bewdies followed with whimsical versions of popular songs: These Boots Are Made ForWalkin', Let It Be, and Perhaps from Strictly Ballroom. Massed ukuleles work well and the audience sang along with gusto.
Mim O'Grady and Karl Mullan kicked of with McCartney's Blackbird, beautifully finger picked by Karl and sung quite jazzily by Mim. Their next three featured delicate harmonies: Melissa Main's Hey Babe, Tumble and Fall, and Hank Williams' Cold Cold Heart. The enjoyment they were having with the music and pushing the edge of performance was infectious.
That Bloke From Wantabadgery recited two of CJ Denis's poems and a couple more humorous ones recognisable by younger ears. His ability to use character and voice to entertain us created lots of warm and enjoyable moments for the audience.
Catherine Frederick told an old story full of meaning for the modern listener. I was transported to those days of story telling from my mother, or when I was making up tales for my own children. The language was delightful, and the narrative compelling.
Max Strong, in his bloke from the pub incarnation, told a humorous yarn about a little bull that went a long way. Again the telling was assisted by his ability to enter into the persona of a bush yarnster, spinning better than any politician could.
Jenny Cargill-Strong, TUF's most well known and favourite story teller extended the tale telling with one from Egypt. Her flowing weaving of the perfect word stream had the listeners anticipating the next part of the story. The nobility of the ending was a surprise. Hollywood lost out to chivalry. Thanks Jenny.
Son Of Jack finished the evening with his usual flourish of interesting guitar picking, resonant vocals and well chosen songs. Leonard Cohen's recent My Oh My was followed by an original written for the ABC competition for songs about the North Coast. The last was Jackson Browne's For a Dancer.
What a great night again. $520 was raised for children's cancer charity, Camp Quality.
There are pics of the evening here.
December 12 we will have five of our fave acts, the rest of the evening given over to dancing and socialising with local band Groove Control. FUN> FUN> FUN
Seeya for some end of year revelry