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The Rock-itt : March 2010
introduced Mitchell Murdock and welcomed him back for his 2nd performance at Seaforth. Mitchell started his set with the thought provoking 'Still Can't Say Goodbye' before upping the tempo with The Troy Casser-Daly version of 'V8 Town' followed by 'Bow River'. Mitchell finished his set with the haunting 'The Anzac' accompanying himself acoustically on the guitar and harmonica. More than a few had tears in their eyes as they applauded a very talented young man. Then it was Ashley Knights turn who raised a few goose-bumps with the slow opening verse of 'Let 'er Rip then encouraged the dancers back on the floor as she 'let it rip'. She followed this up with an oldie but goodie 'Nine to Five' before singing a Tori Darke original 'You Better Run' Ashley's last song 'Why Haven't I Heard from You' demonstrated her vocal range and proved she is a young lady who will go a long way to go in this industry. Amelia and Jemma returned to the stage as a duo 'Country Charm' and certainly charmed the audience with their beautiful harmonies, singing 'Shotgun', 'The Billy Joel Song' and the McClymont's 'Favourite Boyfriend of the Year'. They finished with 'Men Don't Dance Anymore' daring the male members of the audience to prove them wrong -- at the time the only dancers on the floor were female. The men took up the challenge and a very lively performance was given by all -- dancers and singers. A second interval followed before the main act of the night by Dean Johnston, 22yr old Dean has been performing since he was four and it showed in a very relaxed attitude, the way he interacted with both the audience and the band. Dean performed 15 numbers all up ranging from his opening numbers 'I Like It I Love It' and Hound dog through Johnny Cash classics Folsom River Blues and Ring of Fire, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode which he sang with Ashley Knight, Lee Kernighan's 'Outback Club' to his final number 'Old Time Rock 'n' Roll' He included a song for his girlfriend 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and an original 'Sugar Dad'. After enthusiastic applause brought him back for an encore Dean finished with the AC/Dc version of 'All Night Long'. The band called for all the performers to return to the stage for 'Jump Jive an' Wail' followed by a Buddy Holly Medley. It was interesting to see that while the audience were all singing along during this medley the young performers merely moved to the music! Thus a great night came to an end -- running well over time but no-one cared -- all declared it to have been the best show so far (this is Seaforth's fifth C. M. Cabaret). Jemma Mitchell Ashley Amelia