Tintenbar Up Front was one year old on Friday October 11.
To begin the evening, young vocalist Bailey Southon wowed the audience with fine versions of modern songs. Accompanied in turn on guitar, piano and a backing track, he displayed fine control and power. Then followed Brendo Wheeler, also singing recent tunes, but accompanying himself on acoustic electric guitar. He received plenty of cheers, not only from his family and friends.
Nick Wheeler, engaging as usual, took the floor next, singing well known classics and got the crowd joining him on an Eagles tune. Greg Pimm, laid back guitar and vocals, sang more of his repertoire of bushranger and convict ballads mixed up with a Dire Straits tune.
After the break, Bernadette Mcwhinnie on harp and Helen Pollock on guitar played sublime renditions of old folk tunes. Peter Lino, Defing Gravity and inspired by the Ballina Country music festival, sang three humorous songs with a country feel. Now regulars Sam Sabine (vocals and piano) and Ebony Stibbard (guitar and vocals) blended voices and instruments beautifully. Another terrific performance from them, greeted with enthusiastic applause. To finish the evening we had energetic blues standards from Dale Gilmore playing slide on a National resonator guitar, and providing percussion with a stomp box. Dale displayed fine musicianship.
Another great night of entertainment, and $300 was raised for the UNHCR Syrian Crisis Appeal.
Performers, there are still spots available.
Peter Lino, amateur muso,