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The Rock-itt : April 2010
LAST CONCERT -- 28TH March 2010 This show began on a sad note with a moment's silence for good friend and country music fan, Tony Wiltjer, who passed away earlier that day. Tony had been a regular member of BCMC since its inception. Vale Tony Wiltjer. The backing band, Ridgie Didge, set the concert off in fine style, led capably by keyboard exponent, Brian Ridge, ably assisted by Alan Ford (lead guitar), Terry Davies (bass guitar), Peter Eliot (rhythm guitar), Nick O'Neill ( pedal steel) and Darryl Hennessy on drums. Their bracket included Rawhide and Ghost Riders In The Sky by Al, Things and It's A Heartache by Terry and I Won't Be Home No More and Move On Over, a couple of Hank Williams' songs from Brian. Top stuff! Rosalie Mackay took the line- dancers on another journey into bootscoot-land . She taught Carl Sullivan's new dance to the Jerry Jeff Walker song, Navajo Rug. Everyone appreciates the chance to increase their toe-tapping learning curve and there were many opportunities for dancing through the show. Among the dances done during the day were Tush Push, Hillbilly Rock, Hillbilly Roll, Cowgirls Don't Cry and Alibis. Joe Hassan had the full bottle with him next, metaphorically speaking, as he led the Shady Bluegrass Band in an exciting, fun set of new and lively numbers. Joe alternated between his trusty banjo and 12- string guitar, in his lead vocals. Gai Lloyd was there with her fabulous fiddle and backing vocals. Ron Jones gave his superb support with backing vocals and rhythm guitar. Versarile Jed Hudson played away on mandolin, lap steel, harmonica, background vocals and a partridge in a pear tree. Murray Hassan's dad gave him drums for his birthday and told him to "beat it" and that's what he's been doing ever since, as well as providing vocal backing. Last but by no means least, on double bass and backing vocals was Lindsay Wellings to complete the combo. The Shady's gave us a lively set including Greenville Trestle, Gai's Medley, Old Home Place, Catfish John, Tune No 8, Bobbie Sue and City Of New Orleans. Thanks for another fine show team. Merilyn Steele returned to Belrose and, with the excellent support of Ridgie Didge, proved what a professional performer she is after her considerable and regular experience. Accompanying herself on guitar and singing a collection of her own compositions and well- known songs, Merilyn's bracket was enjoyed by the big audience. It included The Outback Club, Walkin' After Midnight, Jambalaya, While You Can, If I Were A Bird and You Don't Wanna Know. Merilyn added good variety to the show and her performance was greatly appreciated. Next we experienced another spellbinding performance from the unique Lester V. Coombs who really does his own thing and commands the whole-hearted attention of the audience. You never know what Lester will do next, but it is always entertaining! Employing his own beautiful bass voice and accompanied only by his guitar, Lester entertained us with his own version of All The Girls I Love, Grandpa, Girls And Me, Stand Along On The Stage, Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat and How Great Thou Art, all told as part of the Lester Coombs showbiz story. A