The GC – Showroom One – The German Club, Thu 11 Feb
Showroom One at The German Club had undergone something of a transformation for tonight’s gig. It’s 1965 and The Masters Apprentices are playing at Rundle Street’s Beat Basement, or so it would appear. As a nice touch, the stage backdrop is daubed with the names of many of the bands from the era.
Sadly, the legendary Jim Keays is no longer with us, but MC John Pemberton reminds us that he’s here in spirit as he introduces the four other original members of one of Australia’s first supergroups. He chats with Mick Bower (guitar), Gavin Webb (bass), Brian Vaughton (drums) and Rick Morrison (Guitar) about the exciting times experienced by the nascent band.
The Masters on-stage presence is augmented with the addition of Craig Holden (vocals), musical director Rob Pippan (guitar), Ian “Polly” Politis (keyboard and vocals), Nanette Van Ruiten (vocals) and Matt MacNamee (drums). Undecided kicks things off and, over the course of the next hour, the audience is taken back to the basement. The set is a mixture of songs from the early Masters Apprentices; But One Day, Living In A Child’s Dream, Poor Boy, and Elevator Driver are all warmly received by the crowd, and thrown into the mix are a string of rhythm and blues classics. A few of the band’s later hits are also included. 1969’s 5.10 Man comes early in the piece and it’s no surprise to see the show close with It’s Because I Love You and Turn Up Your Radio. The dance floor is full.
All of the vocalists do a fine job, showcasing their talents as they help recreate the sounds of the sixties. The musicianship is top-notch, with the original members demonstrating that they still have what it takes, while the new guys cut the mustard in fine style.
1965 Masters Apprentices continues at The GC – Showroom One – The German Club from 8.45pm on Mon 15 Feb.
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