on Stage Reader’s Poll Presentation Night
The venue for the 7th, and possibly final Live on Stage Presentation Night was the Humber St. Andrew's Club on Anlaby Road in Hull. This club is one of the few remaining clubs in the city which has Live Musical backing, and the show kicked off with Resident compere (and our Reader's Poll Compere of the Year winner for 2002) Rena Jordan with Paul Rogers on Keyboard and Wayne on drums.
After a few words of introduction from organiser Adam Goodfellow, (and a swift game of bingo) it was time to introduce this year's Showcase or new and emerging singers, and opening the show was a singer/ songwriter from Bridlington called Ida. Using only her own guitar playing as accompaniment, Ida performed two of her own self-penned songs, and received enthusiastic appreciation from a packed house. There has been an increase in popularity for this more "folky" based style of music over the past couple of years, although Ida's talents are unlikely to be appreciated by your average Workingmen's Club audience. A more suitable and appreciative reception is likely from a Folk Club, or some of the Acoustic Clubs and Venues, although admittedly these are scarce in this area. However Ida was well received on this particular night and got the show off to a good start.
Next up was a girl singer from Hull by the name of Stacey Lee. She is one of the many promising singers being schooled at the Stagestruk School of performing Arts on Beverley Road in Hull. Although looking quite nervous, Stacey gave a good account of herself, and proved that with the right tuition and guidance, talented singers such as Stacey can add the additional skills of stage presentation, to become accomplished performers.
Third in the Showcase was another Hull girl Rachael Mosleh, a tall and striking looking girl with a nice voice, and seemingly quite confident. She had every right to be confident as she sang and moved well on stage, and although only of tender years, she too showed that she is very nearly ready to take that final leap to becoming a semi professional singer. A name to watch for in the future.
Probably the youngest performer we have ever had in the Presentation Night Showcase was next in the form of young Joe Simpson. Although only 10 years old, Joe showed a maturity beyond his age as he strutted his stuff to Bobby Darin's Mac the Knife. The vocal similarity to Michael Jackson at the same age, will not have been lost on some with his next choice of song - "Rocking Robin" and again he had the crowd clapping along, first in accompaniment, and then in appreciation. It's so difficult to know with young lads of this age how their voice will sound as they mature, but I am sure we will be hearing and seeing much more of this talented Hull boy.
For me the star on this year's show was young Kirsty Sutton. I am as convinced that this young lady will have a successful musical career as I was with Roxanne Cooper a year earlier. She has a voice and a style all of her own and despite appearing at a Club full of Entertainers, Agents and other people connected with the local Music scene, she appeared completely un phased and with the right guidance (which she is certainly receiving at Stage Struk) and Management, the sky is the limit for this talented songstress.
Mark Taylor was the final of our Showcase artists, and although he was introduced through Stage Struk, he is already making local appearances, including through Stuart Adamson of agents Newland Artists, who he referred to as his pimp! Starting off with One moment in time, he then went into a comedy routine in which he seemed to want to insult as many people as possible. Although his camp comedy routine was generally well received in a fairly calm Humber St Andrew's Club environment, I rather fear for his welfare if he uses the same routine in The Dolphin or Lord Nelson! He concluded with a version of "If tomorrow never comes" and received warm appreciation from the audience. I think Mark will do well on the Hull Pub circuit, although I hope he chooses his targets carefully, and wears full body armour.
After a short break we continued with the Presentation Section of the evening and the awards were duly presented with Hull Daily Mail’s Dave Norman, Don Smithson from New Rink Club, local Publican John Marshall, former best Male Vocalist Gary Grace, and Stuart Adamson of Newland Artist Management presenting the prizes. See the Full Results here.
Amongst the people present were many names from the local Entertainment scene, including Tracey Oaten, principal of the Stage Struk Stage School. Don Smithson, the compere from New Rink Social Club in Driffield, and other guests from the club. Local band Shooter were there in force, as werepopular singer Michaela, raunchy duo Fallen Angels, Geoff and Michelle of duo Notorious, Lee Kamen, Paul Eden and his wife Jayne, Lee and Craig Davison, Lisa Kelsey, Dave Norman and wife Vicky, Dr. Jive, Helen James, Martin Yorke and his wife Sandra, and of course hosts Stephanie Jane and Adam Goodfellow. Apologies were received from Ian Moor, who was working elsewhere, Andriana who is in Gran Canaria, and sent her Mum and Dad instead, Jim & Shirley Hood, and Dave & Pauline Davison who were all holidaying in Benidorm, Roxanne Cooper who is in heavy meetings with Record Producers, and her Grandfather Terry Cooper who is recovering after falling from a ladder, Paul X who was singing in Cottingham, and Andy Wilkins away cruising.
Dr. Jive gave a display of mean rock'n'roll music with the accompaniment of the band, and there were also appearances from several of the artists there, until finally time was called and proceedings were brought to a halt. A massive vote of thanks must go to Humber St. Andrew's Chairlady Mona Crozier and her splendid team of fellow Committee members, Bar Staff, Doorman Pete, and of course the superb compere Rena Jordan, and the very talented musical skills of Paul and Wayne. Thank you all. See Picture Gallery for the evidence!
All the prizes in the raffle were donated and an amount of nearly £ 150 was raised towards McMillan Nurses, a receipt for which we will show here when received from them.
With Adam & Stephanie Jane soon heading off to run their own Music Bar in Majorca (read further details here) it appears unlikely that this Presentation Night will be repeated (unless it's held at the Goodfellows Music Bar in Magalluf) but each of the seven Presentation Nights have been special in their own way - thanks for everyone who's been involved.
Hasta la vista!