Gathered on the lawn the hardy folk of Hobart braved the southerly as The Southern Gospel Choir busted a move and a tune with honorary member Khristian Dentley of Take 6. Woo hoo!
Date: 24 Nov 2013
On a blustery, squally day the people of Hobart did us proud, braving the elemtnts for an afternoon of hot gospel, funk, rock and pop.
To warm our crowd, our support act of Revelator (headed by Dr, Andrew Legg & Michael Spiby) kicked off with a delicious set of soul grooves.
After our intro skit (the Choir was charged with bringing Gospel to the People), we launched with a couple of Donald Larence favourites, with Maria and Andrew Taking It To the Street with the Doobey Brothers classic before our glorious ladies featured in a Chaka Khan hit Through The Fire.
The Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir plus some dedicated souls from across the country swelled our ranks to over 200 choristers for the second half of the concert.
Featured on stage was our guest from Take 6 (following their featured workshop during the Festival Of Voices), the delightful, effervescent, infectious to the smile, Khristian Dentely. KD gifted us several of his masterful songs and lead us with his bright tones out through the gloaming day. At last the Choir was out to perform Leanin, one of our cherished Take 6 songs from the Festival Of Voices.
And with Kristian warming up the crowd, the mosh pit was back, bigger and better than last year!
Every person fortunate to come to the concert will go away with one enduring memory: Maria insanely shredding Natural Woman with an soulful, powerful rendition as if Coral King had written the song just for Maria.
Then on strode Brian Ritchie with his swamp saw guitar, gloriously grinding us through Come Together as the Fab Four could only wish to have done.
After a little nod to Sir Elton with Don't Let The Sum Go Down to show the reach of gospel into rock and pop, we turned the mood around again with Khristian back on stage to moon walk through Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. Delightful, fun and joyous all wrapped up in one bundle.
Then all broke loose with our closing number, the Queen anthem Somebody To Love. Out front, our guest Ebolin Cassidy melted faces with angelic looks disguising Mac truck raw power and talent. Hooley dooley!
Exhausted choir. Exhausted crowd. Everyone buzzing for being a part of an event.
MONA, see you next year...