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The Rock-itt : July 2010
The concert on 30 May 2010, marked the eighth great year of Belrose Country Music Club and it began in fine fashion with host, Geoff Williams leading everyone in the Belrose Song, which he sang on the first concert in 2002. Before this, Geoff introduced Ridgie Didge, the backing band in the new style of each muso coming on individually and building the opening number. First up was John Fitz on drums, then George on bass guitar, Peter on rhythm guitar, Nick O'Neill on pedal steel, Al Ford on lead guitar and Brian Ridge on keyboard. George sang "Wine Drinker Me" and "Six Days on the Road" and Al "Kissed an Angel Good Morning" and "Walked the Line", while Nick finished the set with his "Shoes Walking Back to You". Barbara Dunstan did a great job looking after the line dancing in Rosalie's absence, the floor was full, hardly a space to be had and they all danced with enthusiasm throughout the afternoon. Thanks to Barbara and the Gold Star Dancers and Rosalie's In Line Boots girls. The first guest artist on the program was the lively Benn Gunn with his contemporary country sound, helped along by his lead guitarist Matt Arthur and bass player Sean Rudd, as well as the rest of Ridgie Didge. Benn rocked the dancers with "Honky Tonk Man", "Don't Rock the Juke Box", "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey" as well as his own originals "I Like Girls That Drink Beer", "Rawsonville Road" and "The Golden Mile". It's easy to see why Benn is doing well in the upper register of Country Music circles these days as his experience, talent and strong vocals show out in his performance. It won't be long before he strikes gold! Geoff Williams took the stage with Ridge Didge to present a set of popular classic country songs, which were really appreciated by the big crowd. He began with the Jack Clement hit "When I Dream" followed up by the Big O's "Too Soon to Know" and then presented two Jim Reeves rippers in "Distant Drums" and "I Won't Come in While He's There". Everyone sang along with Geoff in "Don't Fence Me In" for a big Slim finish with "The Rain Tumbled Down" after a medley of Hank Williams songs a'la Jerry Lee Lewis, including "You Win Again", "Don't Worry" and "Fools Like Me". Geoff then began the 8th Birthday celebration segment with a congratulatory message from club patron Ian B Macleod, before thanking the committee, the band, artists and line dancers as well as the Belrose Bowling Club. The cake was cut by staunch committee members Terie and Bob Gray. Geoff concluded by saying how valuable the audience members are and "if you keep coming, we'll keep doing it". Happy Birthday Belrose! The Drego Brothers keep building every time they come to Belrose. We've enjoyed The Drego Brothers, Gordon and Wendyl, but this time Benn Gunn The Drego Brothers