For the Bulletin
The full house at Studio 64 was entertained once again to a very enjoyable evening, including 13 performers with six guitarists, one piccolo player, a harmonicist, two pianists, eight singers and two musicians/comedians. Jeannie MacDonald was the very relaxed and informative MC.
Beth and Doug Crawley, both on guitar, led off with three folk style songs. Doug added his harmonica to Cobblestone Mountain by Steve Cash and the large band the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Bright Smile by Josh Ritter followed. Their final number was The Giving Tree by The Plain White T’s; “All the leaves from the giving tree have fallen…If all you wanted was love why would you use me up?” Beth and Doug’s relaxed style and their gentle blended voices were very pleasant.
Next up was Jane Douglas from Selkirk, playing the Grand Solo in F Major by Kuhlau, with some very intricate passagework; she was accompanied by Jeannie on piano. Then came a minuet (short French dance) by Haydn; Jeannie played piccolo (mini flute) with Dana Skow and Michelle Wilson on flute, all from the Community Band.
Brenda Vickers, who started piano long ago, but took a few years off, has been back at it for two years. First, she played the relaxing folk tune Greensleeves, then the emotional Cradle Song by Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956) played with clear distinct notation and varying sound levels. A piano duet with Arne Sahlen, a Sonatina (a short sonata) in C Major by Muzio Clemente (1752-1832) followed. The two parts blended together smoothly, even though the second part (played by Arne) was written 100 years after the first. No, Clemente did not write both parts.
Jeromie Parker, with his guitar, now living in Kimberley, previously in Kamloops and Trail, started with Stand By Me, first performed by Ben E King in 1961. You remember – the lyrics begin: “When the night has come and the land is dark”. His second tune was the Country song Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs (2017) “Yeah, she’s crazy but her crazy’s beautiful to me”. His final song, with rhythmic guitar strumming, was self written “back when a health bump scared the bejeezus out of me”.
Intermission followed, with tasty treats, conversation and lovely paintings in the Gallery.
The second half of the evening began with Jamie Neve, who lived here 50 years ago, left, then came back to stay 20 years ago. He remembers playing in the arena in 1964 with the California band The Fugitives. He pleasantly sang and ably played guitar on three originals. The first was ‘about trying to convince someone to stay in love with you’; “Give me one more chance to keep this love alive.” Next was a gentle tune with thoughtful word images, about how you create your own little world when it comes to relationships. Last was his own song about labor activist Joe Hill “The Hammer and Stone”; see video –
Next up was the over the top Act of the Evening, featuring Arne, with Brenda plus Tim Plait on piano. Arne sang(!) La Vie en Rose, accompanied by Tim. Then came an interlude by Tim, while Arne donned his mighty fine cowboy outfit to sing a song in honour of Audrey Hepburn, Oh Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble…. But I’m doing the best that I can. He followed with Roy Rogers’ Don’t Fence Me In, nimbly accompanied by Tim. Brenda and Arne then performed a musical skit romantic comedy song Boom Bitty Boom Boom Boom; one wouldn’t think it possible, but Brenda upstaged Arne! Hard to say who overacted more. They certainly were funny.
Brian Bons on guitar performed three Bluesy numbers, starting with the Freddy King version of Tore Down, written by Eric Clapton. Tennessee Whisky in a Chris Stapleton style, written by George Jones was next and he ended with the Blues Rock number Black Cat Bone by Johnny Copeland. Very fine! Brian has a band with his brothers called, you guessed it, The Brothers Band.
The final act of the evening was Sam Hornberger, playing guitar and singing in his relaxed and easy style. He began with I Want To Sing You A Love Song by Kenny Loggins and made famous by Anne Murray. Second was Mr. Bojangles (I knew a man, Bojangles and he danced for you… in worn out shoes.) from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970. He ended with a song for his wife (They’ve been married for 50 years!!) Natural High, with a lovely full guitar sound.
As Sam said, this was one of the finest ever Homegrown evenings. Every performer was solidly confident and strong, with some beautiful lyrics and tunes. The audience went home happy and wanting more. They and you can get more at the next Homegrown evening on April 13.