Greg Hart

Most music club nights are enjoyable, an odd one is perhaps not quite to our personal taste, and then there is the one that is more than memorable. Last month we had a standing ovation for Antonio and Kate Villano. This month, we had one of Australia’s most accomplished solo artists who had a crowd of 220 in the palm of his hand. Greg Hart is Adelaide’s best kept secret. Some of our members decided not to come because “we don’t know him” – well, you have missed an amazing show! His impersonations were extraordinary and so enjoyable. Old Man River started and I was looking for Paul Robeson with that huge deep rich voice. Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones and a whole lot more popped in and out through the night giving everybody total enjoyment. Even Frank Spencer gave us a laugh. Greg’s patter and repartee was non-stop and entertaining. He is one of Adelaide’s busiest artists and you will find him at a venue near you. He will be back at the Adelaide Music Club next year without a doubt.

David Sabine – President AMC

Antonio and Kate Villano

A standing ovation for Antonio and Kate Villano described the electric atmosphere at the Adelaide Music Club (April 8th) at the Grand Ballroom in a cabaret setting. From a huge repertoire that they have, Antonio and Kate performed some singalong favourites, some good old pop songs and some of the great stage and theatre classics. Bocelli songs, Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma and Bring Him Home from Les Miserable, oh and a bit of Neil Diamond as well, highlighted the amazing Italian tenor voice, one of the most popular in Australia. Club members were not aware that Adelaide has it’s own Etta James from the 50’s and 60’s. Not only Etta but Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore and more plus some beautiful harmony when the two voices combined. Adelaide is lucky to have the best duo in Australia who can sing any Genre, any artist and any era. The Adelaide Music Club was lucky to have their talents at our Club night and the members agreed, it was one of the most memorable of Club nights which has led to a demand for more. There will be!!

The Borderers

Monday 4th March saw the nostalgic farewell of one of Adelaide’s iconic bands – and – The Borderers. They have just celebrated their 30th anniversary as has the Adelaide Music Club. We are 30 on the 7th March with the AMC being launched back in 1994 at the Leg Trap Hotel. We had booked the Borderers last year and suddenly they retired in the middle of February at The Gov but the show must go on and Alex and Jim performed many of their old Celtic songs bringing back so many memories. It was a privilege to have The Borderers perform their very last show at the AMC as a special friendship has developed with them. We wish them well as they pursue new directions. There are people around the world that will miss their talent, their voices and miss two lovely people.

Pulse Band

A great opening for our 2024 season. Nearly 200 members, newbies and visitors gathered at the Grand Ballroom, had a tasty dinner and then danced the night away to the sound of The Pulse Band with the oldies we all know and love. We are all enthused for the coming year.

 

Farenheit 451 Review

President David Sabine welcomed over 220 Members and guests. 

The Grand Ballroom looked beautiful with its billowing bunting. beautifully decorated for Christmas, complemented by the creative talents of Trina Sabine with baubles, tinsel, wreaths and sheaves of red, green and silver from the front foyer to the back door. The 23 table centre pieces were elegant and white lights covered every presentation. It was a lovely sight. Every piece was hand made.
Such a fitting finale to the 2023 Adelaide Music Club was led by Fahrenheit 451 and lead singer Roger Ball performing with the vigour and sound quality that marked their versatility with Rock and Roll from 1967 when they began. It was a night for dancing and singing along with the band. Their renditions of popular artists including Elvis, Neil Diamond, Paul Anka, The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Chubby Checker were among the features of the night. 

Of course, Mimi and Donato excelled with their 2 course dinner – pork, turkey and a trio of sweets which l am told did not have one calorie.

It was a special Christmas spirit which swept across a very happy crowd of members and visitors. If only we could celebrate Christmas every day of the year. This was a special one!

Elton John Tribute Review

November 6th Club night was one to remember – A Tribute to Elton John and the piano men.

Brenton Edgecombe was Elton John – maybe better than Elton John – and sang his way from Elton’s first song when Brenton was 11 years old, to the classic Crocodile Rock.

Brenton at the big white grand piano, was beautifully accompanied by his wife Jacqui who vocalised the harmonies and wowed us with the deep rich sound of her cello. Brenton described her cello as the Symphony orchestra which actually accompanied Elton in his Melbourne concert. Brenton’s ad libs were spontaneous and crowd pleasing. He encouraged our members to sing along in various songs which they did with gusto – much arm waving and clapping supported the show.

You would not find two nicer entertainers anywhere on the Australian stage as they complete almost 25 years performing together. The Club was pleased to host their night.

David Sabine

President 

West Torrens Concert Band

Members and visitors to the Adelaide Music Club were treated by 32 musicians of the West Torrens Brass Concert Band. The program offered a wide variety of popular classics that clearly demonstrated the range of talent and instruments within the Band. The blend of young aspiring musicians and also those with experience  moulded together with the direction of the Conductors, Andrew and John. A standing ovation from the audience was a fitting completion to the evening.

 

Groove Brothers and Soul Sisters September 2023 Performance

Our September Club night was the best since the pandemic. 240 members and guests clapped, danced and sang to the Groove Brothers and Soul Sister who have been around for 12 years but sounding better and better. Belinda Millikan (easily identified by being the prettiest of the three) was a favourite with her Nancy Sinatra, Leslie Gore and a superb rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”. Mr Smooth – Lewis Murray – gave us some great Presley, Neil Diamond and many more. He worked hard and kept us well entertained and the Godfather of Groove – Mel Tickle who has the best bongos in town, was superb with his impersonation of Satchmo’s “It’s a Wonderful World”. A great range of songs from the 60’s to the 90’s gave our Club a great night of entertainment. After many member requests, GB and SS will be back.

Philip Williams
Music Coordinator

BackBeat 60 August 2023 Performance

Over 200 members and visitors to the Adelaide Music Club were treated to a range of the classics of the 60’s from Back Beat 60 on the July 3 Music Night.
Leading guitarist Danny Stevens was an ideal stand in for Hank B Marvin with many of the Shadows greatest hits as he was backed on Rhythm guitar by Geoff Perkins, Bass guitar, Mick Ridge and drums, Bruce Greenshields.
Maurice Mills, lead singer performing Cliff’s original hits was ably supported in harmony and throughout the repertoire of songs for the evening and patrons taking the opportunity to dance.

Philip Williams
Music Coordinator

Me’n Me Mates Adelaide Music Club in it’s June 5 Performance

Members and guests were fully entertained by the versatility of Chris, Eddie, Miranda and Jake of Me’n Me Mates as they performed their unique combination of Australiana music with characteristic dramatic renditions of Banjo Patterson poetry by Chris and Miranda.
Chris with his guitar and mouth organ accompaniment, Miranda on guitar, Jake with his banjo and Eddie on base, with all performing individually or in harmony, presented a magnificent range of well known as well as their original Australian themed songs. 
Eddie on base sang along with the  theme from “Red Dog” accompanied by his faithful Bluey of course. Opportunities for the audience to dance were welcomed and enjoyed.

Philip Williams
(Music Coordinator)

Adelaide’s Pulse Band ignites the Adelaide Music Club in it’s May 1 Performance
 170 Members and guests clearly enjoyed the outstanding versatility demonstrated in the vocal performance of Tony Genovese and Daniella Jerkic with his accomplished Pulse Band instrumentalists and backing of Ken Cooke, Nige Jackson and Frank Fragomeni.
We were all treated to a complete variety of Classic Hits from the 50’s through to the 80’s including renditions of Elvis, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Tina Turner, The Beatles, Monkees, Shadows, Johnny O’Keefe, Daddy Cool, Roy Orbison just to name a few.
The audience response was especially highlighted in their spontaneous response to flood the dance floor throughout the evening.
Philip Williams
(Music Coordinator)

Antonio & Kate Villano – Performance 2022
Always a favourite at the Adelaide Music Club

Adelaide based Italian born Pop Classical singer Antonio Villano and New Zealand Soul Stress Kate Villano have been stunning Audiences with their incredible diversity, versatility & spine tingling harmonies for over 25 years both together and as individual performers. They perform locally, nationally and internationally and have had the pleasure of performing on the same billing as Jose Carreras and Elaine Paige, Marina Prior, David Hobson and Anthony Warlow just to name a  few….