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Tony Voglino

Veteran rocker still rolling along nicely
Mercury – Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 – Page 22
HAVING rocked Hobart stages for 18 years and averaging three gigs a week from pubs and clubs to weddings, it is likely Tony Voglino has had you singing along at some point. The Tasmanian-born singer and guitarist took his musical talent to Sydney at the age of 19. While he was there he wrote and recorded the song Turnaround, which featured on the gold-selling soundtrack for the 1982 film Starstruck.Voglino returned home to Tasmania in the early 1990s and has maintained a strong musical presence in the state ever since.

He has just released an eight-track CD called It Is What It Is, which includes two original compositions and six covers.

One of the original songs is the title track, which sounds like a classic 1980s rock anthem. Voglino said the song had been received really well by audiences.

“I’ve had people getting into it and singing along,” he said. Voglino usually performs cover songs at his live performances, but said It Is What It Is had slotted in well to his live set. “People expect to hear it now,” he said.

Another original is a four-minute instrumental track titled TV Boogie, which Voglino said he recorded to show he “can actually play guitar” . Covers on the CD include Perfect by Ed Sheeran, Forever in Blue Jeans by Neil Diamond and Horses by Daryl Braithwaite. Voglino said he is planning an official album launch show, which is yet to be announced.

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Daystar Duo

Ailsa and Rob Nicholls have been performing as DayStar  since 1999, with a wide repertoire. DayStars  specialty lies in ballads and easy listening, with  featured segments of 50’s / 60’s, Folk, Country, Old Standards,  Australiana, Aussie Rock, Rock’n’Roll, Rat-Pack, Rock and Tropicana.

Performing for corporate conferences, private parties, festivals and fairs.

Entertaining around Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday Island resorts and North Queensland from 1999.  Ailsa and Rob have also performed at five star resorts in Bora Bora Tahiti, Japan and Malaysia.

Well and truly settled into the Tasmanian lifestyle since 2007, Rob and Ailsa now base themselves out of their home in the Huon Valley

Men In Black Choir

Men in Black began life as an Adult Education ‘Male Performing Group’ in 2004 and became the Men in Black in 2007. From the initial group of 12, numbers have grown to a steady 20, and the group has recorded a CD ‘Anthem’.

Songs are performed in two-, three- and four-part, depending on the arrangement available. Ages range from 20’s to retired.

The group’s repertoire includes popular classical, lots of songs from music theatre plus ballads, folk songs, gospel, etc.

The accompanist, Ben Young, has composed several arrangements especially for the group, including Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar and Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera, and recently an arrangement of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables which was premiered at a recent concert.

The Hobart Ukulele Group

My local Council seniors group advertised that they would be having Ukulele lessons but unfortunately I was still working at that stage and as the classes were to be held during working hours, I wasn’t able to attend.

I did some “Googling” and found that there was a Hobart Ukulele Group who met at a local hotel at 6:30 – 8pm on Monday nights, so I decided to venture along and check them out.

I was made very welcome and nobody laughed at the toy uke which had been discarded by my kids which I took along.

They all sat around a large table and everybody took their turn to select a song, which we ALL played and sang together, from the music sheets they had all downloaded previously.

I came home on such a high after such a good singalong that I convinced my better half to come along and now after about 18 months we are proficient strummers. I’ve even bought a “real” ukulele!

You only have to learn about half a dozen chords and you will be able to play so many songs you’ll be surprised that you didn’t start earlier. If the songs your group is playing have chords you don’t know, then you’ll become an expert “air ukulele” player like I’ve become during those parts of the song 🙂

We’ve met some great friends, had some great times playing at school fairs and festivals as a large group and nobody really cares how well anybody plays – its all about enthusiasm rather than ability!!!

From time to time we have had visitors drop in to the Republic Hotel on Monday nights to have a strum with us whilst holidaying in Tasmania and as we are about to go “grey nomad”-ing for a month or three, we have new friends to catch up with as we travel around the “big island”.

My tip – if you find an opportunity to take up the uke, grab it with both hands and as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously (which is hard to do with a uke!) you’ll be happier than you ever thought you could be!!!!

Welcome aboard!

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