AVALON BAPTIST HOSTS A GREAT CONCERT AND SUPPORTS HUMAN RIGHTS.
NEW LOOSELY WOVEN CONCERT WAS TERRIFIC! :
“some hotly contested issues were canvassed with larrikin humour and true reverence – that is, in typical Loosely Woven style”
“Sonia’s lovely ‘Bogong Ranges’ stole my breath away”
These quotes from the following review by Paul Cruise give us the essence of “NEVER FORGET YOU” the new concert given in Avalon on the 4th August by Loosely Woven musicians led by Wayne Richmond. The concert raised over $600 for Avalon Group of Amnesty International.
An enthusiastic audience of over 80 were enthralled by the music, and were also supportive of the Avalon Amnesty Group’s petitions on behalf of prisoners of conscience in Iraq and Bahrain.
Many commented also on the great refreshments provided by Avalon Baptist Church and the AIA Group.
Review (Paul Cruise)
* I’ve come to expect a range of emotions to move me during a Loosely Woven concert. Tonight I was more impressed by the sheer skill and talent of these performers. “Never Forget You”, a programme dedicated to the late Denis Kevans, was a slight departure from the group’s customary palette of widely varied material but the local theme served them well. Indeed, with his musical partner Sonia Bennett leading the charge, this tribute to our own ‘Poet Lorikeet’ just couldn’t miss. It was a sublime experience. The emphasis on original songs by Denis, Sonia and others, plus a couple from Henry Lawson, shone a spotlight on contemporary Australia without sentimentalism or bravado. From coal seam gas to the plight of the Great Barrier Reef and hunting in National Parks, some hotly contested issues were canvassed with larrikin humour and true reverence – that is, in typical Loosely Woven style.
Ah, yes, the performers! A very strong, tight chorus ably complemented Sonia’s leads and splendid guitar work – her lovely ‘Bogong Ranges’ stole my breath away. Bee Higgins’s warm clarinets and Cathy Kirk’s trumpet interjections deepened the sonic texture, while some fine arrangements allowed harp and xylophone to shine in the hands of Noni Dickson and Meredith Williams. Even maestro Wayne Richmond’s concertinas got a look in, as did the blues! So the usual mad mixture was there after all, in the execution as much as the instrumentation. It’s the nature of what they do, and it’s getting better all the time ( as Sir Paul McCartney might say )!
Avalon Amnesty Group wish to thank Avalon Baptist Church for their generous support in hosting Loosely Woven concerts and for the help they thus give Amnesty in the mission of promoting global peace and justice.