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The Rock-itt : March 2011
agreed with the audience vote till the last act to make it through to the final was a three way dead heat and as was the judges score this made for an interesting half hour discussion as to who will make it through to the final. Drama, tension, excitement! Unlucky not to make it through were, Peter, a late entrant who could have done a much better rendition of his song “Needing” with time to prepare. Elizabeth Briggs was brilliant with her song “Riding In Cars”. And Ben Ozmo while trialling new looping equipment was unlucky to not get through with his light jazz num ber “Call Me Lucky” . Donnie raven in full regalia, performed his “state to relate” with his band “The Black Jack Wolf Pack” and all the flair of a seasoned performer, “wow” it sent a serious message to all as how to put a song across. ( yes, selling the song is everything). Now when it came to selling the song Charlie Graydon brought tears to grown men’s eyes with his song “London Rain” coupled with Jay Cullen’s vocal and keys support resounded the quality of this comp. Ella Keysel was a big surprise. This young lady has the looks the voice and the song,” You And Me”. For all her tender years she has an anthem for teen girls to identify with and the audience and the judges concurred. Not to be denied was a young man from Barrenjoey High and well all I can say is watch out for Nelson Ruffat, his song “Every Dream ”, an ode to his mother was only but a small suggestion of this man’s talent as when he later performed a set in the open mic he showcased a flair for the keys and a vocal prowess that astounded the audience, and his song to Allen Jones had us all in stitches. This is already looking like one very serious final on the 20th of march at Avalon’s “LA” , I’d like to thank our judges, Kate Lush, Laurence Atkinson and Jason Manell of Billy Hyde Mona. “LA” is also giving a lot of our young acts paid gigs on Friday and Sunday nights, which is what they all aspire to as developing professionals. So, get along and see what’s happening at “LA” With more news about more venues and events, I’m happy to announce that another songwriting competition will be held on Wens nights starting on the the 18th of march at the Mona Vale Hotel with great prizes and backing from Allenns/ BillyHyde Music which there will be six contestants on each night who will be allowed to play three songs to show case their songwriting abilities and delivery, so get to som e serious practice and bring all the backup you can it will be a great contest. (Contact Chris or Jamie 0466267656 for details) Narrabeen Sands Hotel stages the “songs Alive” on Thursday nights (hosted by Dan Hoppkins) where song writers can showcase their original material. Ben Ozm o is a regular and put on a great set with his new loop station and he brought out his Strat for a nice run on lead over his jazz chords for a nice sound. Young duo “Kama Fire” Ivanna and Nevel put on a nice set to impress the audience, as did Adrian O’Shea, who goes with the stage name “Taos”. Also the Sands will be hosting local acts on Friday nights. To do a set and these will be paid gigs. It’s good to see a local venue supporting local acts. Neesh and Lockland Jacob, Will and Harry Nelson Ruffat