We could not be sure of a full house as it was the Easter Weekend, however, we had just that on this sunny Saturday evening. It was a nice reception for Daniel after his return to the club after some four years.
Wersi organs are built from kits, Daniel's is a Spectra Golden Gate with an OAS EX1 Expander. He gave us a lively opening with a Taste Of Honey. Luckily we are still able to enjoy the late Karen Carpenter's voice (thanks to some clever tricks by Daniel), the tune was Superstar.
Next a tribute to Frank Sinatra from the film "The Sandpiper" - The Shadow Of Your Smile - also recorded by the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Changing style beautiful church organ voices surfaced with Prelude In A Classical Style. There was a lot of laughter when Daniel put on a German accent, following that by some Bavarian Music. Changing the mood again, some light classical music with Josh Groban's arrangement of Bach's Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring with violins and choirs; Keith creating softly coloured backgrounds to match the music.
We don't often hear I've Lost My Heart In San Francisco, set to a slow shuffle and an orange coloured glow. Going back to the 1960's, the musical HAIR and Hammond Organ sounds we enjoyed a lively rendition of Aquarius. Next some music with a real Celtic flair, one of Westlife's hits You Raise Me Up, a greenish scene set by our Keith. Just as The Carpenters and Sinatra's music is still with us, so it is with Sammy Davis Junior and the ever popular The Rhythm Of Life.
With that it was time for the break, Daniel playing us out with a tribute to James Last: Games That Lovers Play.
Our "Tea Ladies" entered into the Easter spirit with their "Bunny" headgear and following the raffle - inclusive of a beautiful "Easter Basket" cake made by Ann - we were ready to enjoy the second half. This began with a Big Band number On Broadway followed by the audience singing "Happy Birthday" to member Bernard, before Daniel carried on with a very lively version of Laura.
Some Big Band once again with You Made Me Feel So Young. Announcing a competition, yours truly managed to correctly state that James Last wrote Mornings At Seven which has been used by the BBC for their Ice Skating transmissions. My "prize" was a fictitious holiday - thanks Daniel!!
More Hammond sounds set to a Disco beat with Scott McKenzie's If You Go To San Francisco, Be Sure To Put Some Flowers In Your Hair. Then Daniel showed off the true Wurlitzer/Compton sounds for Eleanora (another finger exercise!) and a truly beautiful rendition of A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, with the church bell tolling in the blue/purple night sky.
Some showbizz in the shape of That's Entertainment. Daniel then asked us to imagine an 18piece Big Band playing More as a swing. Normally played as a rumba, it made for an interesting change.
A tribute to Nat King Cole then followed, Nature Boy started very quietly before being played with full strings and then a very smooth change into Unforgettable - beautiful Daniel.
Perhaps Daniel knew I was to hit some ground fog on my way home, as he gave us a fine version of Misty, showing off the guitar, clarinet, muted trumpet and trombone on the organ.
More Hammond sounds remembering Lenny Dee this time, a hit for Andy Williams Music To Watch Girls Go By, which concluded his program.
The audience 'demanded' the traditional Basildon encore, Daniel duly obliged with a rousing version of Highland Cathedral. This was a first class concert from Daniel, with a good all round program.
Why not come along to a Basildon Keyboard Club Concert, you will be made very welcome, have a great evenings entertainment, a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with biscuits and of course experience the delights of live music played on top of the range electronic organs & keyboards by the best players.