The first week of the Sunday Sessions started off on the 1 August 2010 with mixed light showers and sunshine and we were blessed with some excellent entrants to the open mic competition. Our regular friend and volunteer helper Alan performed his original song Fiat Strada and a parody of 'Fire' called Boris ... Mayor of London unaccompanied!

Up next was the lovely Ebony who looked cool and sassy in her white trouser suit provided us with a passionate redition of I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone).

Next up was Ahmed a music student, whose smooth voice captivated us all with jazz versions of Feeling Good (Nina Simone) and I've Got The World on a String (Frank Sinatra). He was definately a winning contender but unfortunately not included in the competition as was returning to his native Egypt before the final. He impressed the Bear Cat Crawlers so much that he was invited to sing a few numbers with them during their set and I'm sure his tutors would be proud of his cool, polished performance!

Helja another music student graced us with her beautiful tone and soulful voice which soured and lilted through The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael/Norah Jones) but sadly she was also not included in the competition as unavailable for the final...

Shaun who accompanied himself by playing rhythm on acoustic guitar, had a shaky start with Songbird (Oasis), but soon got into the groove and was in fine form with I Don't Want You Now (KT Tunstall). I really liked the tonal quality of his voice and quiet presence.

The final contestant Kirsten Greenwood is a young singer/songwriter who performed two original songs I've Got My Music and Heart on my Sleeve, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. She impressed the judges with her writing ability, thoughtful lyrics and confidence in perfoming so well in front of the public for the first time.

Kirsten Greenwood and Alan got through this weeks heat, but we would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition.

After the interval, Robbie Martin and his New Orleans Jazz Band the Bear Cat Crawlers took the stage for their first set of the day. As always, his group consisted of some of the best jazz musicians in the UK with a line up that included Chris Marchant (Drums), Winnie (Double Bass), Banjo, Roy (Trombone), Trumpet and Robbie (Clarinet).

The dancers were up by the second song with all ages enjoying the music. The Bear Cat Crawlers performed sets which included songs like You Always Hurt the One You Love, Bill Bailey, Everybody Loves My Baby and When You're Smiling with smooth proffessionalism and panache. Every member of the band performed a solo during the afternoon which displayed their virtuosity and versitility but the surprise of the afternoon was when open mic contestant Ahmed took the stage with them to sing Ain't Misbehavin' and Honeysuckle Rose.

A great big THANK YOU to the band for making this yet another wonderful afternoon. I must apologise to the musicians for the lateness of the review and losing the list with the musicians names on! I will add the people I missed as soon as I find it!! Sadly the poor quality of the video recording and background chatter means that there will not be a posting of the day, however, feel free to watch one from 2009 and browse the photo's from the day below. Thanks to Mike Barratt for the great photos! (the not so good ones are stills from the club camcorder!!).

Watch a video of The Bear Cat Crawlers at Broomfield Park 2009

Browse photos of the Bear Cat Crawlers below - click on the image title link to view larger picture which opens in a new window (may require popups and javascript enabled depending on your browser settings).



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