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The only sound to be heard, was the sound of music
Photo courtesy of Chris Warren
Living up to their prediction that "the only sound you will hear is the music", Hall of Famers,Dave Blight, Chris Finnen and Trev Warner, along with a little help from their friends, the AMC Combo; comprising Richard Coates, Stuart Day, Quinton Dunne and Enrico 'Mick' Morena, delivered a diverse selection of unplugged and electric music.
What makes dynamic events like this so special at The Trinity Sessions is the gathering together of such a brilliant line-up of innovative musicians, who play a wide variety of rock, blues, folk and country music and obviously gain a lot of enjoyment and pleasure creating a remarkable in-concert experience for their audiences.
Chris Finnen, opened with his usual tongue-in-cheek humour inviting his audience, to open their hymn books. For his congregation, Chris improvised his instrumental treatment of a Welsh Anthem. He was joined by Quinton Dunne laying an impressive exploration on double bass.
On a more serious note, Chis played a beautiful tribute to special friendships, All my friends are dying, with some beautiful electrifying blues rifts and accompaniment from Dave on harmonica.
Chris's exiting performance of his lively and humorous Boa Constrictor Blues added more spontaneity and fun and was highly entertaining.
Trev Warner played a variety of well known country songs, opening with the Hank Williams song, Jambalaya with Dave on blues harmonica and Trev playing some lively Cajun fiddle.
Trev on fiddle and Stu accompanying on guitar played a stirring performance of Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell, the title theme from the TV mini-series The Civil War.
The two popular country standards, Bonaparte's Retreat and The Orange Blossom Special, highlighted again the remarkable talents within this group, as they created an exciting mixture of lively spontaneity.
Sharing the lead guitar solos with Stu, Chris played two moving songs dedicated to the passing of some of his friends, and tributes to fellow musicians, on slide guitar. Chris followed with a regular foot tapping favourite with audiences, African Market Place, that livened things up.
An unexpected treat of the evening was listening to Dave Blight sing. I knew him for his harmonica playing. He should do more singing. The audience loved listening to him.
What was so special about the performances was their professionalism and spontaneity, as they supported one another with encouragement, whether playing accompaniment or taking turn playing spirited solos.
Together the Adelaide Music Collective in conjunction with the Trinity Sessions have made further headway into keeping Adelaide an international music focal point with their promotion, of top line South Australian artists.