Mick Angeles went out again to the Bony Mountain Folk Festival to teach Ukulele and spread the BUMS word. He also did a few performances out there as well.
Mick had a total of 16 students of which 12 performed on the Main Stage in the Sunday Farewell Concert. Unfortunately, two participants had to leave camp earlier than expected, one student could not continue with her arthritic fingers and another was in the Warwick Hospital after suffering a mild stroke. “No, I didn’t work them too hard!” stated Mick when questioned by investigators.
Mick was accompanied by fellow BUMS Inc members Cath McCourt on UBass and “The Neighbour”, Gerry Orr on Ukulele.
The students were all basic beginners but were filled with enthusiasm and then fear when Mick informed them that their goal was to perform on Sunday on the Main Stage. Two practices a day were organised but some evening classes were deferred due to shows on the Main Stage. In that timeframe however, they played 8 different songs and learnt 7 different chords including Diminished and Major 7ths. The students performed without the aid of chord shape boxes, only the chord names. After telling them about BUMS Inc, they decided to name themselves the “Bony BUMS”.
For their performance, they played four songs that showed their versatility and prowess. They started their show with a ballad by Simon & Garfunkel, “El Condor Pasa” followed up by the diversely distinct Chuck Berry Rock’n’Roll song “You Never Can Tell”. Then to prove their adaptability, their next song was a Hip Hop number by Will I Am called “I Like To Move It”. After taking their bows and thunderous applause, they walked off playing “Tequila”. What a great group of students. Mick was so proud of them all. After the show they were as excited as schoolkids and smiling and laughing and loving their moment in the lime light.
During the week, Mick and Cath did a walk-up to clear the Bony Mountain dust from their tonsils. Cath also performed with Mick when he was asked to perform in the “Opening Ceremony” and in Mick’s spot on the Saturday afternoon program. Mick was also asked by festival host, Norma O’Hara Murphy, to perform in the “Closing Ceremony” on Sunday night.
This is a fabulous festival and if you get the chance, get yourself along to it. Norma has been running this festival for 8 years now and it keeps getting better every year.