Tomerong All Stars '2'

Saturday 10 May 2003

The locals at Tomerong were out in force for the second Tomerong All Stars Variety Concert, which was held at the Tomerong School of Arts on Saturday, 10 May 2003. Once again a large number of local performers supported the evening to entertain the very appreciative audience. Despite the weather being a little on the cool side, numbers were similar to those of last year and, like last year, the evening was an outstanding success. The function was staged as a fundraiser for the Friends of Tomerong Union Church Inc. who were delighted with the support shown by those attending the night.

Once again, well known local identity Meryl McGinn hosted the evening and, with her usual flair for overseeing events such as these, ensured the smooth running of the night's extensive program.

The evening's performances were kicked off with a modern dance routine to "Jail House Rock", by students from Tomerong Public School. The girls, under the direction of their teacher, Maggie Simpson, performed beautifully, after having taken out second place at the Eisteddfod only a week before. The dance troupe included: Emma and Kimberley Ardler, Alyce Basset, Paris Bridge, Rebekah Brindle, Alex Broudoux, Emily Delauney and Holly Kerslake.

A number of piano recitals followed, by pupils under the tutelage of well know performer, Deb Grahame. These up-and-coming stars of the future were a credit to their teacher, performing with both confidence and talent. Jack Stewart delighted the audience with his rendition of the 'Rug Rats' theme and Jessica Rump showed great skill with her performance of 'Ode to Joy'. Hannah Peters dared to be different by performing her own composition, which she played with wonderful ability and confidence. Other pianists included Sigrid Bridge, Elizabeth McKinnon, Jordan McMorrow-Boggs and Jasmyn Newton. An accomplished recorder player, Deb joined two of her students Lisa Blair (recorder) and Zac Newton (guitar) in a rendition of the classic 'Scarborough Fair'.

The three girl singing group of Alex Broudoux, Rebecca Killalea and Alyce Bassett, performed 'Am I not pretty enough?' giving a truly inspirational performance. To add further variety to the evening, saxophonist Andrew Brkic, was joined by his teacher Shane Tough and his father Joe on the flute; the trio proved themselves to be real crowd pleasers. Matt Killalea showed his versatility on the guitar performing three numbers, finishing with 'Sesame Street' for the littlies.

Once again Fay Kilpatrick wowed the audience with her powerful voice and the wonderful accompaniment of Cath Le Brun on piano. Whilst Bev Stewart brought a tear to the eye with two beautiful poetry recitals entitled 'Tomerong Christmas' (about the 2001 bushfires) and 'Cabbage Tree Palms'.

This year, local identity, Ken Barham was joined by Caroline Knight and the two performed a number of Country favourites. They were backed by fellow musicians Jim Bassett, Chris Broudoux and Gary Simpson and once again they proved to be favourites, inspiring enthusiastic audience participation.

The long-awaited release of a music CD entitled 'Tomerong', was heralded with the All Stars Concert. And the creator of 'Tomerong', Peter Hughes, was on hand to perform to the appreciative audience. Peter was joined by fellow friends and musicians Greg Hughes, Cliff & Justin Weeks, and Scott & Kara Haffner. The performance included several of the tracks from the CD, which is a blend of easy listening music and concertgoers were treated to a performance of the very popular 'Tomerong Song'. Copies of the CD are still available for $15 and can be purchased from the Tomerong Post Office and General Store.

As well as a stunning musical program, guests enjoyed Lucky Door Prizes, Raffles, and an Auction by Mark Stewart, which saw several people walk away with some great bargains. The coin slide was also popular with a number of people testing out their sliding skills. The full program, plus a large attendance proved, once again, to be a winning combination. Proceeds from the evening amounted to $3000 and will assist the Tomerong Union Church Restoration Fund.

The Friends of Tomerong Union Church Inc. (FOTUC) would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wonderful performers, organisers, helpers, donors and all those who attended the evening. It was great to see the Tomerong School of Arts overflowing once again.

A big thank you is also extended to Peter Hughes for the donation of the 'Tomerong' CD. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will assist the Tomerong Union Church Restoration Fund. If you would like to know more about the aims of FOTUC, provide assistance or make a donation, please contact the Secretary, Margaret Blair, on 02 4443 4129.

Jim Basset, Alex Broudoux, Alyce Bassett & Rebecca Killalea wowed the audience with 'Am I Not Pretty Enough'

Talented musicians Justin & Cliff Weeks, Peter Hughes, and Kara & Scott Haffner joined together to perform some of the songs from the 'Tomerong' CD that was launched on the night.

Band members, Christian Broudoux, Gary Simpson and Jim Bassett backed vocalists Ken Barham and Caroline Knight who performed a string of Country favourites.

And yes... the inevitable happened

Just some of the many guests enjoying a dance, late into the evening.

Fay Kilpatrick gave a wonderful performance, accompanied by the very talented Cath LeBrun.

Jack Stewart gave a wonderful rendition of the theme from the 'Rug Rats'.

Our rising stars, take a bow!

Coin Slide Wizard, Nick Djokic took out both the Wild Turkey and the Scotch Whisky.

These die hards braced the cold conditions - From left: Anita & Steven O'Brien, Bob Hadley, Steve & Michelle Bransgrove.

Ken Barham attracting crowd participation with his rendition of 'Two Little Thumbs', one of the 15 tracks for the new 'TOMERONG' CD.