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The Rock-itt : March 2010
It was Happy New Year as Belrose Country music club began the year with an afternoon of great country music on Sunday 28 February, led by the Ridgie Didge backing band, musical director Brian Ridge on keyboards, Alan Ford on guitar, George Siedelecki on bass guitar, Nick O'neill on pedal steel guitar and Bernie Rivas on drums made up the combo this time. They did some terrific work accompanying most of the performers. Their opening bracket included "On the Road Again", and "Detour"(Alan), "Six Days on the Road", and "Good Hearted Woman" (George), along with Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" and Bill Monroe's "Kentucky Waltz" (Brian). Well done boys! Rosalie Mackay next had most of the huge crowd up and away in her line dancing instruction set. This very popular segment prepares the way for the bootscooters over the rest of the program. Good on you Rosalie and team. Enjoying country music is the first half of Belrose Country Music Club's aim and fostering talent is the second. We did this well with Trevor Housley, a local lad who loves to sing. He was given superb support by the band and vocal backing from Peter Eliot and MC, Geoff Williams, as he gave us a country version of "By the Rivers of Babylon", "Down By the Riverside" and "Galway Girl" which was requested by the linedancers and even getting Trevor's wife Joclyn into the act. Big Trev continued with the bluegrass classic "Gotta Travel On", then "I walk the Line" and "Goodnight Irene". Joe Hassan and his banjo joined in for a BIG finish with "Oh Susanna". You could have heard a pin drop as Zoe Elliott began her superb selection with John Williamson's "Wrinkles" clearly demonstrating what a beautiful voice the delightful Zoe has. Showing great versatility, Zoe then presented a very entertaining version of "Home grown Tomatoes" with the band before her next superb performance, sung acappella except for the sticks, with "The Drover's By". It was a special moment at Belrose. Then Zoe's rendition of "Ring of Fire" was such fun, we enjoyed a reprise as an encore, with Geoff. Zoe is a very talented singer whose guitar accompaniment complements her beautiful vocals. Next, for something completely different, Gordon Station, Slim Diamond and Herb Wrangler set the feet tapping as The Wantin. gave us a great set of songs, including their original compositions, "What I Do on a Sunday" and the very appropriate "Belrose Country Music Club". They also did a great job on "San Antone", "Who's Lazy", "Mary's Cave" and their encore "Achy Breaky Heart" was a top finish to a beaut act. These boys are not only a very accomplished country group, sing great songs and get the dancers going, but also give the audience a fine sense of their obvious enjoyment of what they are doing. Beauty Bottler! Zoe Elliott Trevor Housley Peter Eliot