The first cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … NORTHSIDE JAM!
The Northside jam is one of our longest running jams. Established by Tony Richardson in 2012 at the Chermside Bowls Club, it moved to the Northern Suburb Bowls Club at Wavell Heights in 2014.
After Tony’s interstate departure last year, there was some early concern about how this jam would fare. But those concerns have well and truly gone. This jam is growing in popularity, and that is a credit to Peter and Andrew and all of the other set leaders. It’s a comfortable venue with a friendly vibe, and the sound is good. Peter and Andrew encourage anyone to come along and do a set, and they will help.
The 25 September jam was well-attended. There were about 50 people at the main jam, and a group of eight at Beginners beforehand, where Caroline Haig did a great job getting beginners to strum along with songs like ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’.
The main show was broken into three main sets, and an additional walk-up. This worked really well because it provided a wonderful variety of songs.
For Set 1, Peter Grace introduced Ginny Michel to sing and play with him and Cath McCourt for the first time. They did a great version of Canned Heat’s ‘Going Up the Country’ with Pete firing on his Kazoo.
Walk-up Peter Ransom took us back to those romantic songs of the 30’s with ‘Nevertheless’, and then on to some rock n’roll and Buddy Holly with “That’ll be the Day”.
Marg Monaghan, Steve Sandilands and Lisa Kenwright, led Set 2 as ‘Festival Wives’, which apparently reflects their previous festival experience. Amongst other songs, they gave us a strong rhythmic version of ‘Stray Cat Strut’, and a wonderful version of Paul Kelly’s ‘Firewood and Candles’, where Steve even sounded like Paul Kelly.
Andrew Hunt and Adrian Board finished off the night with a set of interesting songs. Two songs stood out. ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra, and the classic Aussie rock song ‘Reckless’, which isn’t an easy song to sing, but they carried it well. A great night. Well done, Northside!
IMPORTANT REMINDER: October’s Northside Jam in October will be a week later on Tuesday 30 October. (Note: This change applies to October only.)
Why? So we can all see a post-festival performance of the BUMS Ukulele Group (BFG) Uke Opera performance from Newkulele Festival in Newcastle.