FEBRUARY 17, 2000
by Kelsey Munro

it was a great night - i'll just summarise what happened. i played 'So Long Marianne' and 'the Butcher' first, half terrified but enjoyable all the same. The members of a Sydney band called See-Saw sang a charming ramshackle 'Diamonds in the Mine' followed by the Jeff Buckley arrangement of 'Hallelujah' which was beautiful. Jamie Holt (local muso and Hopetoun barman) delivered fantastic deadpan arrangements of 'the Future', 'I'm your Man' and then 'Take This Waltz' solo on electric guitar. It sounded great, retaining the mood but changing the music of the songs quite dramatically. Ben Fletcher from longstanding Sydney independents Bluebottle Kiss played 'Suzanne' and was accompanied by his girlfriend on piano for 'Famous Blue Raincoat'. Ash Hansen of Rumanastone fame played beautiful acoustic versions of 'Dance me to the End of love', 'First we Take manhattan' and the Knight song on the Future album, 'Be for Real'. The musicians were happily interrupted by an impromptu performance poem from an audience member based around Bird on a Wire. Then Simon Wooldridge of el Mopa played excellent distorted blues-tinged versions of 'Everybody Knows', 'Never Any Good' and 'Bird on a Wire'. Finally, Jodi Phillis (ex of Sydney's most missed The Clouds) played a gorgeous acoustic version of 'Seems so Long AGo Nancy' and was joined on stage by Susie Higgie of the Falling Joys for a duet of 'Why Don't You Try?' Throughout the audience was friendly and attentive to all the musos. i had a ball. Thanks to everyone who played or came along. Kelsey Munro

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