Wednesday, November 18, 2009

K9 Musical Gala Evening 16th November 2009

There was a full house and several more seated outside at Starlights Bar at Coral Mar Square in Costa Del Silencio, to appreciate the many talents appearing.

The purpose of the evening was to raise awareness and money to support the abandoned dogs and cats at the K9 kennels in San Miguel. Througout the evening, overhead monitors showed images of the dogs and cats whom are currently at the kennels and was a visual reminder of what the evening was all about.

Eight acts were kind enough to donate their time and talents to this worthy cause.

First up was Stan Fraser who gave his version of the Sinatra classics, followed by John Ashford with his brilliant Buddy Holly Appreciation Show. This had the audience either foot tapping or rocking on the dance floor.

Christine Kay belted out songs that suited her style to perfection. Over the years she has become a favourite to K9 audiences with her extraordinary talent.

The interval provided respite and the Buffet generously provided by Gareth went down a treat.

Ian Anderson kicked off the second half with his songs from the Shows, ranging from Chicago to Phantom of the Opera. Such is the strength of Ian’s voice, that much of his act was performed without a microphone. His rendition of Nessum Dorma to close his ‘spot’ is always worth listening to.

Jesse Goran provided a wide variety of old favourites ranging from Country & Western to Rock & Roll. This gave the line dancers the opportunity to show their skills on the dance floor and a solo performance from Pat the Cat ( 3 months after a hip replacement) was loudly applauded. Jesse in particular, regularly reminded the audience of the reason why money was needed for K9 and invited them to dig deeper into their pockets and handbags.

Rosemary Eden had a touch of the Bette Midler about her and her trademark rapport with male members of the audience went down well with those on the receiving end!

It was now 12.30am and raffles were drawn and prizes distributed to the lucky winners.

Sadly, once this was completed, the majority of people decided it was time to go home and the final act of the night, Aidy Evans, performed to only a handful of patrons. This was a shame because his 60’s and 70’s tribute was a delight and gave us young elderly the opportunity to sing along to many classics.

Mike Edwards held the whole show together with his usual witty and workmanlike performance.

It is now the morning after the function and too early to state how much the evening raised, though a minimum of €400 is widely anticipated.

Thanks go to lots of people, principally the artists, the young & attractive bar staff, Gloria & Dave who arranged the show, K9 helpers and supporters, and the patrons who turned up and were generous with their cash towards raffles, tombola, book sales, etc.

An excellent 5 hour show of none stop entertainment, widely appreciated.

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