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The Rock-itt : September 2010
CONCERT 25 JULY The backing band Ridgie Didge began the show with the walk-on to introduce each member of the combo. John Fitz started the beat picked up by George Siedlecki on bass guitar and embellished by Peter Elliot on rhythm. Nick O'Neill added to the sound with his brand new pedal steel guitar before Brian Ridge, the leader of the band, took over on his keyboard. To complete the mix Al Ford came in with his lead guitar to provide a professional basis for the artists' performances. As part of the developing tradition of show opener, MC Geoff Williams joined in with co-compere Deb Kennedy-Holmes, for the Belrose Country Music Song. The band continued with a terrific instrumental with Nick leading in "San Antonio Rose". George had the crowd up and dancing or singing along with his rendition of "Knock On Your Door" and "Beautiful Sunday". Pete did his Hank Williams impression with "I can't Help it if I'm Still in Love With You", before Al finished a great opening set with "The Streets of Bakersfield" and "Hey Porter". Fresh from her European tour, Rosalie returned with a very popular set of dances and everyone joined in. The afternoon held a great mix of new dances and some golden oldies -- there was something for everyone and once again all of the dancers had a wonderful day -- not forgetting the non dancing audience who constantly comment on how good it is to watch all of our lovely linedancers in action. Welcome back Rosalie! The first visiting artist for the day was the vibrant Star Maker grand finalist, Craig Morrison with his bassist Greg Peters. Craig instantly won the audience with his variety of songs including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Driving My Life Away", "Honky Tonk Woman", "The Gambler" and "I Like It I Love It". With roars for more Craig had everyone with him with smiles on their faces for "Shaddup- a-your Face". It was a huge surprise to have George Sich join Craig and a highlight for the day was George singing his big hit of the moment "Spinning and Swirling" was beautifully performed by George and the boys and was greatly appreciated by everyone in the crowd. It should really do well for him. Next up were two "Local Lads" in The Wayland Smith Duo, resplendent in their matching Beaches Country shirts, and some easy listening hits. Monte Wayland on bass guitar and Dave Smith on guitar provided us with a wide variety of songs in their laid back style. We heard "Ghost Riders", "Folsom", "Tequila Sunrise", "Home Among the Gum Trees", "Wonderful World". "Ferry Cross the Mersey", "Act Naturally", "Country Road", "Lying Eyes" and "Diamantina Drove". Beverly McShanag Craig Morrison, Greg peters and George Sich Fiona Fields