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The Rock-itt : August 2011
The producer of the show, John Clement, gave a vote of thanks to all who had contributed to the night before introducing his co-host for the evening, Mark Lines who in turn introduced the band. The Macarthur Country Music Club Band comprising Gary Wade on keyboard and vocals, Joe Kozieki on lead guitar and vocals, Terry Burke on drums, Jim Burke on Bass and Peter Lee & Tim Chalm ers on sound, opened the show with a Lonnie Lee num ber ‘Starlight, Star Bright’ followed by an Elvis classic ‘A Fool Such As I’. Mark then introduced the first artist for the evening, Kobie Midson, who was making, as Mark phrased it, ‘A triumphant return to Seaforth’. Kobie’s first appearance here in February was part of her prize for winning the Encouragement Award at The Macarthur CMC Awards in June 2010. This year Kobie took out 3 first’s including Junior Vocalist of the Year and a second prize so proving the encouragement award had been well deserved. Kobie began with a rousing rendition of ‘Rock a Billy Rebel’ followed by an Australian song ‘Country in Her Heart’. Her next number ‘Like My Mother Does’ Kobie dedicated to all the Mum’s in the audience in particular her own Mother as a thanks for all the encouragem ent and help she has received which most found very moving. Kobie then introduced Aimee Hanna who had been backing her up on acoustic guitar to join her for a few duets. Aimee is also from the Macarthur region and also the winner of several prizes at the recent Awards Night. Together they sang ‘White Liar’, ‘Anyway’ and the McClymonts big hit ‘Kick It Up’ to rousing applause from the audience. Kobie finished her set with ‘Let It Rip’ – unable to leave the stage due to shouts for more Kobie sang as an encore ‘Men Don’t Dance Anymore’ though judging from the number of male dancers up on the floor this is not true at least at Seaforth! Mark then introduced Margie May Hockey another very talented youngster who has won numerous awards on the country Music circuit. Until recently from Dubbo the family have moved to Nelson Bay to give Margie May more opportunities to realise her dream of becoming a country music star. She has recently released her first EP with all original tracks, produced by Bill Chambers and recorded at the Rod McCormack studio on the Central Coast. Accompanied by Dad Kevin on keyboard and playing acoustic guitar Margie May opened her set with the haunting country classic ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’ Her next song was an original ‘Billy’s Ride’ written about a young stockman of legend as told to her by her mother. The young man loved the cocky’s daughter and one very stormy night on his way to visit her he drowned, the bereaved young girl planted lilies on his grave which still flower today. In this song Margie May proves she not only has great talent as a song writer but also a maturity beyond her tender age of 14 years. Next was the Johnny Cash classic, ‘Folsom River Blues’ before which Margie May expressed her thanks to Dad Kevin for playing keyboard & the relief she felt that he could not be up dancing and embarrassing her! Margie May aimed to finish her set with ‘Johnny B. Goode’ but once again the audience proved too demanding and for her encore performance Margie May sang ‘Jambalaya’ and ‘Hey Good Looking’. The band closed the first half of the show with ‘There Goes my Heart’. Mark announced the 20 minute interval during which time we were entertained with a demonstration of Rock n Roll by ‘Dave’s Dancers’ and the drawing of the raffle. The Macarthur CMC band opened the 2 nd half with Joe Kozieki on lead vocals singing ‘Fly Like a Bird’ and the very popular Lee Kernahan number ‘Outback Club’. John then introduced the guest artiste for the evening making his first ever appearance in front of an audience outside of competitions, Brad Marks.