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Feast of entertainment at
Command Performance
by Cameron Outridge  (07.03.03)

The Mayor’s Command Performance Variety Concert for 2003 will really get your toes tapping with the lively opening by the Sunshine Swing Big Band. This Band was born out of the love of ‘Big Band’ music. Nothing compares to the easy listening, toe-tapping tunes from the best melody writers and musicians of the 20th century.

After a very successful State Championship, Andy Aitchison, Ross Lancaster, Nathan and Bel Wiltshire recognised that they all wanted to play ‘the good old stuff’, and an old friend kindly donated his collection of incredibly delicate, brown music. They now have 25-30 playing members and an accomplished vocalist, with a voice that will melt your heart!

The ‘Green & Gold’ Band has four member players, all experienced musicians who enjoy interpreting and presenting Celtic/Australian Traditional music, Contemporary music and Original Folk music. This Band features original songs that reflect pertinent issues relative to the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

The Mapleton Community Choir Musical Director Geoff Welsh, and Pianist John Taylor have been working together since 1984 and their 20-35 members come from all along the Range. They give annual concerts and have other regular engagements throughout the year at retirement villages, nursing homes and community events. Part of their program for the Variety Concert will feature ‘The River’ – a suite of original songs composed by John Taylor, written as a gift for the Choir.

Potted Poet Lisa Plucknett has been variously described as “The Sunshine Coast’s Pam Ayres (without the accent)”.  “The Mad Maid of the Mountains” and “The Middle-Aged Woman’s Escape Hatch”.   She writes on the range of topics dear to the hearts of all women, and describes her poetry as tongue-in-cheek laughter at the perils and pitfalls of life.   Lisa has successfully published and promoted three books of humourous verse, and has a wealth of unpublished poems including “The Night of the Raw Prawn”, “Thoughts on Retirement” and “A Cockroach Christmas for Queenslanders”, which she performs at speaking engagements.

The Raffle prize – an oil painting donated by well known Maleny Artist, June Singleton, will be drawn on Saturday, March 8, at The Mayor’s Command Performance Variety Concert.

This Variety Concert promises great entertainment at very affordable prices: adult $12.50, concessions $10.50 and child $6, which includes complimentary supper.  Tickets are now available from Maleny Newsagency and will also be on sale at the door.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.