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| EVENT REVIEW - BESSIE ORRINGE BENEFIT
The Entrance Leagues Club
July 13 2006
Ron Sinclair and King Rhythm
| THE REVIEW
| BESSIE ORRINGE BENEFIT: Thursday, July 13 2006:
For a music and comedy filled night, the one awesome moment when the sounds of silence reigned supreme was the time that Wayne Orringe spent in the spotlight on the stage. Full of humility, gratitude and hope, Wayne described Bessie's plight, the trip through various necessary medical treatments that no child ought to endure and the overwhelming gratitude for the response from everyone with the support they have all received. Wayne was also most appreciative for the participation of not only all the performers who donated their time, but the effort that went into the organisation of this event and in particular the thoughts and caring efforts of Mr. Ron Sinclair.
It took a while for the capacity crowd to enter and get seated (or stand as was the case for many) before the show could get underway. Those that missed out on pre sale tickets had the opportunity at 7pm to purchase at the door. The line was long and filled with folk eager to see a star studded show yes, but also to support this most worthwhile fundraiser for this courageous little girl.
Bill McLean was the MC for the night and did a superb job of keeping the audience informed and in tune and the show flowing. He also showed some great hidden talent as the Auctioneer extraordinaire for the night as well.
First performers on stage were the popular local duo of Ron Sinclair and King Rhythm. Sticking to a decidedly Aussie themed set list tonight Ron and Phil (King Rhythm) warmed up the crowd to a cosy toasty level with great covers of classics from Goanna, Pete Murray, Crowded House and Hunters and Collectors to mention a few.
Solid Rock (Goanna) and Chained to The Wheel (Black Sorrows/Joe Camilleri) were the stand out songs from an outstanding performance from Ron and Phil. There was also an energetic and enthusiastic solo from King Rhythm that left the audience in a state of stunned amazement.
The next act was local poet - comedian Dave Proust. My own thoughts were mirrored by an audience member tonight. In her words "He has to be the one of the funniest comedians I have ever heard!"
Yes; where have they been hiding this man that could easily outdo the likes of Rodney Rude whilst being a lot more PC and most definitely more entertaining.
Prousty has the ability to make you laugh and to cry. Some of his works also tug at the heart and pride strings but it was full on comedic action tonight with performances from his upcoming CD and DVD. The most popular being the In-Law and the Christmas swing set, both which, scarily enough, seemed to strike a chord of recognition among the unsuspecting audience.
Up next were the award winning performers Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey. The union of these two on stage not only has the feet tapping but the smiles and infectious laughter spreading like wildfire with the lyrics and on stage antics of these two wonderful people.
Beccy and Adam did some fantastic duets - Jackson, God Made Beer (from Can't Settle For Less - Adam Harvey), How Wrong Is It? and Sorry I Asked (from Little Victories - Beccy Cole) being the favourites of the set. The most appreciative crowd drew an encore but there was just no getting enough of Adam and Beccy. The audience wanted more...
More came in the angelic voice of Gina Jeffreys with Rod McCormack on back up vocals, guitar and banjo and brother Jeff McCormack on Bass.
If Gina's voice is the angel wings caressing your ears then surely the the McCormack brothers are the musical harp section. What a dynamic combination this trio are.
With a few well known covers the audience were instantly at ease and at home.
Singing along with the trio to hits like Creep and Oh Darlin the punters could then sit back and listen to Girls Night Out and Dancin with Elvis and still feel a part of the show. Gina also had the honour of drawing the raffle winners tonight, with a little help from Ron Sinclair.
The ensuing auction raised approximately $10,000 with the total night raising in the vicinity if $15 thousand to go towards medical assistance for Bessie and her family.
This night and the people involved gave me an inspiring reminder to the Coasties as they used to be. Times and people may have changed but this night showed that the core of a community is in the caring and support is gives it's fellow members; and that's the way it used to be and obviously still is.
I would personally love to give Bessie and Wayne my best wishes for happy times ahead.
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