Talent on show at the Red Rock Bowling Club’s Open Mic event

River Williams, Tanya Johnston, Terry Simpson, Al Battery and Paul Anthony.

“WOW” was the response from the crowd at last Sunday’s Open Mic event at the Red Rock Bowling Club.

Open Mic organiser and guitarist Terry Simpson explained it was the combination of seasoned performers and emerging local talent that made the day.

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“At today’s Open Mic at Red Rock Bowling Club we enjoyed performances by two young stars of the future,” he said.

“Mishka (aged eleven) who sang and played piano on some very deep and meaningful original pieces.

“Dylan (aged twelve) dazzled with his piano and vocal skill on some 70s and 60s covers and both were very entertaining.”

The choice of music ranged from 1950s classics to a fun filled rendition of Kylie Minogue’s ‘Locomotion’.

“Tanya Johnston pumped out Kim Wilde’s ‘Kids of America’ and Ella Fitgerald’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ and Steve Brook played guitar for River on ‘Summertime’, ‘Hunters and Collectors’, ‘Throw your arms around me’ and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I will survive’.

“Deb Banks captured the audience with Van Morrision’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, ‘Love potion number 9’ and performed a duet with Tanya.

“Next on stage was River who sang individually and together and also backed Paul on several Neil Young covers as well as the self penned ‘psycho dog’, which capped off an very entertaining afternoon.

“The afternoon was kicked off by ‘Batteries Included’ with some blues from another age followed by Paul and John with plenty of Neil Young.

“It was a big hit and many thanks to Jayne at Red Rock Bowlo for supporting local live music,” concluded Terry.

Event organiser and performer Tanya Johnston immersed herself in the music and reflected on the fun-filled day.

“I thought the day was a great success, I was particularly impressed by the young ones,” she said.

“I hope we can continue to encourage other local performers to come along and have a play.

“It’s a great social event.”


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