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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader:  Lesley Thomas - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - 01530 588740

Future programme

Wed 3rd Jul10:00 amBrenda's at 36 Willesley Gardens
Wed 7th Aug10:00 amTBA
Wed 4th Sep10:00 amTBA
Wed 2nd Oct10:00 amTBA

Wednesday 5th June

On the fifth of June six of us met to appreciate music. Neil kick us off with a selection of duets, the first of which was Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow's "She moves on" followed by a non-love duet from Otis Reading and Carla Thomas, "Tramp". Neil also gave us something which he first thought he wouldn't like - Pink and Nat Reuss singing "Just give me a reason". As we had some time left at the end of our meet, Neil later gave us Labrinth and Emeli Sande's "Beneath your (sic) beautiful"

Sally was second and gave us Myleene Klass, who we were reminded had been a member of Hear Say, here playing classical piano with her version of Bach's "Toccata". Then a contrast with Connie Francis and "Who's sorry now" then an apology for an assault on our ears with Tommy Steel singing and whistling "Singing the blues"

Brenda had a CD malfunction, (which can happen to anyone) so she played what she had. It happened to be the original version of "Hound Dog" sung by Big Mama Thornton before Elvis did it. This was followed by the difficult but talented Nina Simone singing "You know how I feel"
After the recent death of Doris Day, Brenda gave us her wonderful voice singing "Que sera, sera"

Mike played Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" in which he sang in praise of many other jazz artists but also played many of the instruments in the orchestration.

We often feature artists who have recently passed away, but with great prescience Mike gave us Dr John's "Such a night" on the day before his death! Mike described him as another great singer with a lousy voice! He will however be remembered for his blending of New Orlean's jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and voodoo psychedelia. This was followed by the Cuban song "Dos Gardenias" sung by Ibrahim Ferrer of the Buena Vista Social Club, yet another new name to many.

Lesley, in tribute to the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings, played "I vow to thee my country". Music by Holst, words by Cecil Spring Rice. And on a lighter note Gracie Fields "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye". Al Bowlly, who was killed in the Second World War, was next playing "The Very Thought Of You".

Nev carried on the war theme with an unusual version of "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by Tommy Dorsey, then we had a very up beat rendition of "The White Cliffs Of Dover" from Jive Aces.

Nev then put on a DVD called "1000 years of popular music" by Richard Thompson who, strangely, played a modern piece - Britney Spears' well-known "Oops I Did It Again". And very good it was too.

We finished the morning appropriately with another song from the late Doris Day "The Party's Over".

Thanks to Nev for hosting and we meet next month on the 3rd July at Brenda's:
36 Willesley Gardens