Bowen PCYC Concert 5th September, 2015
“There’s a track winding back….” and there certainly was to the Bowen PCYC Fund Raiser for another feast of great poetry, bush yarns and jokes by the Townsville Bush Poetry Mates.
The ‘Mates’ were welcomed by Neil and Pam Lickerman with true Aussie hospitality. The weekend kicked off with a sumptuous roast dinner at the Bowls Club on Friday evening prepared by Roger who is held in high esteem in the town.
With much planning and scheming our two emcees, Rhyl Graham and Kathie Priestley planned the morning matinee and the evening concert. This meant that anyone who was no-one and anyone who thought they were anyone were fair game; reputations were maintained or perhaps a little tarnished through the myriad of jokes and stories that these two ladies presented to the audience during the two shows.
The Blue Tones took us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane with their melodious renditions from the past. Most of the audience could be seen and heard singing along to these great songs. The Blue Tones were followed by a lively performance by the Ale Vax dancers who were a credit to their teacher.
Humour certainly reigned supreme especially with the majority of the poems performed. The crowd just cracked up for Mary-Beth as alias Kathie Priestley entered centre stage.
Barry Graham’s rendition of “Mischief Mick” another of Noel Stallard’s poems seemed almost too reminiscent of Barry’s own school-days to be a coincidence; this also befuddled his lovely wife, Rhyl, evident in her poem, “Befuddled Budgie”.
For such a little lady, Brenda sure packed a big punch with “Two Old Ladies”. Always the clown, Janeen Mapson gave us loads of bull all weekend but even more so with her poem “A Little Bit of Bull”.
On a more serious note nothing could have tugged at the heart strings more than the nostalgic performance of Banjo’s poem “Lost” by husband and wife team, Maureen and Geoff Luke. The combination of song and verse backed with Geoff’s guitar playing meant there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
We were also reminded of the debt owed to our ANZACs during this centennial year of the Battle of Gallipoli with Ann’s exquisite poem, “Anzac Centenary”.
Kathie and Dot’s performance of Jean Lindley’s “Gladys & Doreen” was a beaut curtain raiser to “Mulligan’s Mob”. As an end to the entertainment all the poets were welcomed back to the stage where they received a rousing applause.
The performances were outweighed only by the hospitality of Pam and Neil Lickerman, Betty & Bill Lucas who made the mouth-watering damper, as Michelle and her willing band of PCYC volunteers worked really hard, especially the youngsters from Ruby Crew who served the meal Saturday evening. These young people have taken out many awards in Bowen and across the North. Well done!
A great weekend was had by all and there is no doubt we’ll all be back again next year!