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Sing in public without being laughed at
Okay, so some of the songs can be a little daggy ~ think Jolene, and Big Yellow Taxi. But that kinda makes it even more fun.
Singing together in public has been a staple amongst civilisations the world over for thousands of years. There is something refreshing about getting together with a bunch of people where the sole objective is for you all to sing together at the same time. It helps alleviate the crustiness that builds up after having to share roads, public transport and shopping centre aisles. All we're sharing here are some tunes.
And they don't feel like strangers here. Which is a cliche maybe as daggy as the music, but it's true. The friendliness factor is a combination of the singing, the hosts and the venue.
Rebecca Barnard is a solo artiste extraordinaire and ex-frontwoman for Rebecca's Empire and Billy Miller, solo artiste and guitar player extraordinaire and ex-frontman for The Ferretts (remember them? Ahhhhh, don't fall in love? If you lived in 1977, or if you watched Puberty Blues on the TV last year, you'll remember Don't Fall in Love. We sing that, too). They are the loveliest pair of peeps you can hope to be leading you in renditions of Better Be Home Soon and Angie. They seem to love it as much as the audience.
Also known in its other incarnation as the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL, the Caravan Music Club has been running for a couple of years now in the suburban wilds of Oakleigh. Oakleigh? Whoever would have thought to run a music venue in Oakleigh? Pete Foley did, sick of the lack of good venues south of the river, and the result is a constant line-up of good gigs that make you wonder why it didn't happen sooner.
Rebecca and Billy have been leading singalongs at the Caravan for a couple of years now. They happen the first Wednesday of the month, with the first one for 2013 coming up on 6 February.
Bookings are essential if you want to be guaranteed a seat. Dinner is available but again, booking beforehand avoids disappointment. Call or text chef John on 0487 996 154 or his lovely partner Sue on 0457 000 058, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been going to Rebecca's and Billy's singalong. I dont like that name and cant think of another word for singing along but the songs arent daggy at all but the name singalong sounds ancient! I was asked to join someone 3 mths ago and thought geez a 'singalong' crikey are we going to sing ' row row row ya boat etc' and only 10 people there and so on. How darn wrong was I. I ordered this delicious meal and it was great value. People arrived but the others on my table hadnt...yet. I decided to count the tables and chairs including the tall bar tables where you only stand at the back of the room I counted around 200 seats! I thought surely thats not how many are coming and so they arrived and boy was I wrong in the age group...waaaaaaay wrong. 230 people came. 20's,30's,40's,50's, 60's too. All ages! OMG I must admit there are more women than men but the men side of it are growing each month. I havent seen so many people having a ball in all my life all at the same time. This place is a secret and once you find that secret you will never turn back. Its the bed night of your life....seriously and Rebecca is hilarious as a host and she can sing of course and play her geeetah. Its Billy who also can sing but wow he plays an amazing geetah...... and his riffs..omg Starts at 7 and there is a break and off you go again till around 9 pm or so. The next night such as this is Wednesday 4th September '13 but go to their website, book or you ll miss out and have a meal too. Cost? a meal and entry?Oh entry alone is $15 but if you eat its a bit over combined....around $32 plus alcohol. There is no coffee etc served but you can get huge jugs of water which I go for.
The first night I dont think I have laughed so much for hours in all my born days. I came home and had to push my cheeks back to where they should be. I had a perpetual huge smile. What a fantastic night and there are so many songs...wow... the list goes on. Ring to book your meal and btw the meals are really good and you wont find just a pea on a plate!
I have also been to the Sunday soup afternoon and that was good too. You eat and then entertained and that costs a meal that you select and you pay the singer/band with a gold coin donation. These singers/bands are new artists, spreading their wings and testing the water.
Dont miss Wednesday nights its fantastic and from Thurs to Sunday night they have bands playing either known b/c of their commercial content or not so well known but to specific interested people. Google, Caravan Music Club and check it out. Fantastic!!