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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader:  David Oakley - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 563409

Future programme

Wed 6th Mar10:00 amNev's at 26 Homecroft Drive, Packington, LE65 1WG
Wed 3rd Apr10:00 amTBA
Wed 1st May10:00 amTBA
Wed 5th Jun10:00 amTBA

Wednesday 6th February

The group's first gathering of the year was at Neil's house where we welcomed two new members, Adrian and Bob.

Brenda kicked of the year with a Scottish jazz artist unknown to the rest of us, Carol Kidd, singing "Nice work if you can get it" and with her love of dancing, followed it up with "Putting on the Ritz" by Fred Astaire.

Dorothy gave us two tracks by Enya; "Book of Days" and "Evacuee", the first sung in Gaelic and the second in English, whilst our first newcomer, Bob, continued the female artist theme with another singer unknown to the rest of us; a French woman called Zaz with "Paris sera toujours Paris". He followed with yet another woman, the somewhat better known Kate Bush and "Moments of Pleasure".

Nev changed tempo with "One Hand, One Heart" from the original Broadway recording of "West Side Story" with Larry Kert as Tony and Carol Lawrence as Maria. Another change of tempo and mood gave us Joe Brown's comic "I Like Bananas" from his ukulele album.

Our second newcomer, Adrian, gave us a rousing version of "Stars and Stripes Forever" played by the Washington National Symphony Orchestra led by Rostropovich on his first return to Moscow. The local Muscovites would probably have never heard it before. Then another change of direction; as it was the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, he gave us Buddy's "Rave On".

Sallie, in a quieter mood, gave us the allegro from Vivaldi's "Winter" from the four seasons and then the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald's "Someone to Watch Over Me".

Mike presented two sides of guitarist Bonnie Raitt, firstly "Give it up", a blues track which morfs into New Orleans trad style, followed by the more melodic ballad "Love has No Pride".

Neil also had picked up on the Buddy Holly anniversary and so offered Buddy's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" along with the Beatles' version of "Words of Love", written by Buddy.

As we had some time in hand, some of us offered an extra track and so we started with Nev's choice of an acapella version of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" by Manhattan Transfer, a group many of us had forgotten about. Neil, having played us a long spoken track by Arlo Guthrie at our November meeting, was keen to let us hear him sing (Arlo, that is) so gave us "City of New Orleans", first recorded by Arlo but more famously sung by Willie Nelson.

Bob closed proceedings with another track by Zaz, the more well known "I love Paris (in the Springtime)"

Another session with much variety which somehow blended together to give an excellent selection of music. We next meet at Nev's house at 26 Homecroft Drive, Packington on March 6th.