|The Sweethearts of Song - Kathleen, Carolyn, Susie, Maree ♥|
They came…they saw…and judging by reactions and rousing responses at both venues, they adored every shoop -shooping- beebobbin’ moment of both performances when the SWEETHEARTS OF SONG along with Peter Edwards aka Pete the Plumber and Tommy (Cooper) Byrne presented to audiences their ‘Tribute to the Music of the 60’s…Divas and Dino’.
|Peter Edwards - Jo Cocker|
|Tommy (Cooper) Byrne - emcee and comic|
On May 27th at the Forest Hill School of Arts,complete with fairy lights, disco ball and a capacity audience and again on June 3rd at the Esk R.S.L.-turned-cabaret-central, the ceilings were lifted with the sounds of Aretha, Mamma Cass, The Shirelles, The Ronnettes, Supremes, Olivia, Dusty, Dolly, the Dixy Cups, ‘Dino’ and Jo Cocker all interspersed with the incomparable wit of Tom Byrne and, at Esk’s R.S.L., a scrumptious 3 course meal.
In a swirl of brilliant costumed colour right down to the 60s 'peace’ earrings and white patent leather boots, The Sweethearts who are Kathleen Watts, Carolyn King, Maree Lansdown and Susie Walker, swept their audiences into a toe tapping, hand clapping frenzy from the outset with their delightful harmonies and pulsating sounds of the 60’s Divas. Following the drawing of raffles, they continued the theme with more of the songs, the popularity of which have defied time and generations making seemingly impossible the urge for subtle audience participation. Who cannot resist the itch to bop along with the ‘Son of a Preacher Man’? There was Pete and Kathleen’s beautiful duet, the unforgettable Cocker/Warne ‘Up Where We Belong’, some enthusiastic audience participation with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’, ‘Xanadu’, ‘Chapel of Love’ and an unsuspecting husband’s tentative reaction when Susie put her own humorous take on 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ …to wit ‘Heck, you realize I have to wake up next to that in the morning?!’.
The soulful sounds of Dean Martin lent variety to the superlative entertainment when Pete, durry and drink in hand, melted hearts with some ‘Dino’ classics. ‘Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime’, ‘King of the Road’, ‘Amore’ among others, along with the irresistible force that is the voice of Jo Cocker as Pete sang ‘What a Wonderful World’ and by crikey, during his Elvis medley, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love/Love Me Tender’, many did.
For their final heart-pumping performances on both evenings, it was ‘move over Supremes…The Sweethearts of Song have arrived!!’. With sparkling sophistication, some co-ordinated choreography and the soulful sounds of The Supremes, Kathleen, Maree, Carolyn and Susie wowed the crowds with some of the group’s chart-topping hits. ‘Stop in the Name of Love’, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, ‘The Happening’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’…and that was precisely the message translated by audiences as they gave standing ovations and were left hanging on for more.
|Di and Sue - Ever ready to help.|
To the super Sue Cox and her competent catering accomplices for giving so graciously of their time and talents in the presentation of the Forest Hill supper; to Leonie Elwell for managing the RSL Bookings and, along with her band of supportive RSL Angels served a simply scrumptious 3 course meal, clearing tables prior to the Sweetheart’s entries slicker than slippery socks on a dance floor; to Damien FitzGerald’s Boutique Meats for his continued generosity and to all those who have given their support to this venture, we The Sweethearts of Song, express our sincerest gratitude.
To Kathleen whose dream it has been to create a girl-group, call it The Sweethearts of Song, source and arrange this fabulous repertoire, both venues, make them Choir fund-raisers and allow Maree, Carolyn and this writer the privilege of joining her on this journey, goes a priceless debt of thanks.
By: Sue Walker
|A heart full of thanks ♥|