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The Rock-itt : December 2009
There's nothing better to top off the weekend than a great afternoon of casual Sunday arvo rock, and 'Molly's Beer Garden' in the Time and Tide Hotel is one of the most relaxing family friendly venues in Sydney. With so much to offer under one roof, The Timo always hosts a high standard of entertainment and today was no exception with 'Steamroller' a fine group of versatile, seasoned musos, pumping out all the right tunes to large appreciative audience. As we arrived, the kids quickly dispersed and headed straight for the kids games room while we secured a table and settled in outside to watch the band start up. Steamroller, who have been regulars at The Timo for 3 years, are fronted by Bassist and vocalist, Mike Gordon who teaches at his music school 'The Learning Lounge', and hailing from Berowra, he is the only non Beaches member. Other members are lead guitarist, Steve Green, Dave Catterall on acoustic and slide guitar, and filling in for regular drummer Ian Hardy was Brett Slade who was awesome on his electronic, Roland V Drums. The magic was evident from the first song, 'Have you ever seen Rain' by Creedence...They were tight, precise and had great harmonies and singing voices as they continued to deliver some great classics including 'Bad Moon rising', 'The Joker', 'Stir It Up', 'Zebra', 'Drift Away', 'Dock of The Bay', and 'Stand by Me' to end the first set. It was time to grab a mouth- watering dish from the bistro and another beer and we watched the second set in air-conditioned comfort through the large tinted windows behind the band. The second set saw a change in tempo and the crowd starting to stir, with feet well in motion and groups of people getting vocal as the band kept the great music coming. Songs like 'Opportunity' 'Move it on over', 'My Baby', 'Tip of my Tongue', ' Light my fire', 'Like a rolling stone' and 'Sister golden hair' all hit the spot and topped off with one of my all time favourites, Richard Clapton's 'Deep Water' which they played to perfection and was blissful to the ears. During the set they kept swapping instruments and shared the main vocal duties which was refreshing. The Timo is a great place where you can let the kids run free in the large enclosed park and playground and get some much needed time out and the music can be heard in all the surrounding parts of the garden and the air-conditioned bistro and Irish bar. The last set kicked open a great collection of songs which brought singers and dancers of every kind out of the woodwork, fuelled by songs like 'The break up song', 'Listen to the music', 'Shame Shame Shame', 'Treat Her Right', 'Get it On', 'Khe Sanh' 'Jet Airliner,' 'Taking care of business', 'April Sun in Cuba' and 'Sweet Home Alabama', both the band and the crowd brought the afternoon to a big finish with the Aussie anthem 'Eagle Rock' and even though the band were 15mins over time they played an encore to satisfy the hungry crowd delivering a kick ass version of The Georgia Satellites song 'Keep your hands to Yourself' and as the early evening was coming on, so was the irresistible smell of BBQ steak from the bistro which made it hard to leave.. so we stayed for dinner. A top day was had by all which was good incentive to face Monday morning. If you haven't been there lately, get down and check it out soon.