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The Rock-itt : March 2011
Rising Stars Show - February 11, 2011 The Macarthur Country Music Club (CMC) band comprising Joe Kozicki on lead guitar, Terry Burke on drums, Jim Burke (un-related!) on Bass, Garry Wade on vocals & keyboard and Peter Lee on sound opened the show to a packed crowd of over 200 with the seem ingly heartfelt plea ‘Baby Don’t make me Dance’. Fortunately not all men felt the sam e as there was plenty of opportunity for dancing on the night. How aptly named is Seaforth’s ‘Rising Stars Show’ – what a wealth of talent these youngsters have; first up was Margie May Hockey only 14 years old but already the winner of numerous talent competitions including the Junior Saddles Award 2010 and ‘Aristocrat Junior Entertainer of the Year’. Margie, a true country girl from Dubbo, has been singing and playing guitar since she could walk. She has recently released her debut EP, with all original tracks, produced by Bill Chambers and recorded at the McCormack studio on the Central Coast. With Dad Kevin temporarily replacing Garry Wade on keyboard Margie opened her segment with an original ‘Billy’s Ride’ which is due to be released as a single later this year. This haunting number also demonstrated Margie’s talents as a songwriter. Next a Catherine Britt number ‘Sweet Emmy Lou’ before Margie upped the tempo with another original ‘Road Train’ which was co- written with friend Katrina Burgoin. Margie finished her set with a personal favourite, Crystal Gayle’s ‘Don’t it make my Brown Eyes Blue’. This was Margie’s first appearance at Seaforth but hopefully will not be her last. Next up was the winner of the Macarthur CMC inaugural Encouragement Award 2010 sponsored by John & Sue Clement for which part of the prize was a place on the Rising Stars Show. Kobie Midson (15yrs) has recently returned from her first trip to Tamworth where she was placed in all of the competitions that she had entered – well done Kobie. She opened her segment with the up-beat ‘Rock a Billy Rebel’. This was followed with another great rock number ‘Let it Rip’ before Kobie slowed the tem po with ‘Too Far Gone’ showing us her diversity. Her final number was the gospel song ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken’; besides having a beautiful voice Kobie has great stage presence and combined with her bubbly personality should go a long way in the entertainment industry. Making a welcome return to Seaforth was Mitchell Murdoch. Since his last appearance here 12 months ago Mitchell has won several awards and is proving very popular on the Country Music circuit with his unique style. He opened his set with the Steve W arrener emotive number ‘Holes in the Floor of Heaven’ and showed great composure when the mike failed, simply moving across stage to another one without missing a beat! Mitchell followed this with Garth Brooks ‘Let the Thunder Roll’ and an Alan Jackson classic ‘Don’t Rock the Juke Box’. Mitchell then dismissed the band to finish his set with ‘Home’ which offered him the opportunity to show how skilled he is on the acoustic guitar. The audience were too impressed to let him go demanding an encore. Mitchell did not disappoint playing another acoustic number ‘One last Kiss’ a Ashley Knight Margie Kobie Midson