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Happy New Year: Music to my Ears

1 Jan

New Year’s Eve 2012: what a night!

Many choose to see in the new year by dancing, and/or  listening to music. And what better way to be thus entertained than by one of Sydney best cover bands, The Bandits.

As the vocals dictate, lead singer Paul sometimes delegates his role to either Gary or Conrad:  all the while brilliantly supported by drummer Warwick. Their  engaging renditions of many immensely popular tunes  from the sixties to the eighties make for a night to remember.

From spirited performances of  ‘Dance the Night Away’, ‘Honey

The Bandits on New Year's Eve

The Bandits on New Year’s Eve

Don’t’, and ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’  to the gentler, midnight classic ‘Olde Lang Syne’, we in the audience are given the all-embracing balm of sounds we love to hear, so often stirring memories of our youth. For a moment, we are eighteen again!

As the hours continue to speed joyfully past, many of our day-to day cares have, as if by magic, been effortlessly whisked away; replaced by powerful enthusiasm for life: for music!

Happy New Year!

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Music and Dancing: What a Combination!

7 Oct
The Bandits Band, with Margaret

The Bandits Band is ready to play, and Margaret is thinking about dancing.

Band leader Paul, and Margaret
Band leader Paul, and Margaret

When life is good and you want to show it:  dance!

When life is worrying and you’re feeling low: dance!

And what better tunes to hear and to dance to are the wonderful classics from the fabulous fifties to the exciting eighties!

And what better band to play these gems is Sydney’s awesome cover band, The Bandits!

Presented in their own inspiring way, The Bandits have been pleasing crowds for years, performing tunes made famous by Herman’s Hermit’s, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Edison Lighthouse to name just a few.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and maybe it is, but listening and dancing to great Rock and Roll must surely rate the closest of seconds!

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Who Says You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

4 Oct

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Certainly, not me!

Advancing age is no embargo to new interests and discoveries. Take us, for example.

Being both on the wrong side of unspecified numbers has in no way dulled our appreciation and enjoyment of rock and roll dancing. Yes, you heard me: despite being steeped in classics, both Ron and I are now unashamedly devotees of this genre.

Those who are familiar with Ron will, of course, recognise him as the world-famous creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall: and by extension, assume his soul is with yesterday’s musical masterpieces.
At this very moment, he is listening to new recordings of classics of another era: The Beatles. Tunes made famous by The Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, and Creedence Clearwater Revival now feature amongst his favourites: and mine!

Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Gotta be joking!

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A Meeting of Musical Minds

29 Apr

It isn’t every day that a celebrity visits us, but very recently we had that privilege.

The lead singer and founder of Sydney’s cover band ‘The Bandits’ spent part of his afternoon in our company, discussing with lively interest the popular music of the 60’s to 80’s,  and branching off into talk of guitar accessories.

My husband Ronald Sharp, the esteemed pipe organ builder, and I have become loyal, enthusiastic fans of Paul and ‘The Bandits’. They are superb entertainers, and  we never tire of their ever-increasing repertoire. Some of our favourite tunes are  evergreens such as  ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘La Bamba’, but, with Paul, Conrad, Gary and Warwick on the lookout for other great material, we’re often treated to new, highly danceable numbers.

Long live the great Australian band, ‘The Bandits’!

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