'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
The Catch of the Month
The Wendy Stapleton Trio takes centre stage at the Emerald Hotel in South Melbourne on the second Sunday of the month, from 3pm to 6pm, and they rock it out.
I've loved Wendy as a performer back since the days when she channelled Dusty Springfield, but up close and personal she blew me away. She is a fabulous singer with big repertoire, and completely down to earth in playing a small venue. She still looks fabulous and oozes with the joy of music and performing.
Photo courtesy of wendystapleton.com.au
The pub was reasonably full by the time we arrived during the first set, but we found empty seats about two metres away from the action. I found myself quite captivated by Wendy's voice and presence, as well as the fabulous guitar work and vocals to her left and right. Wendy is supported in her trio by her husband Paul Norton and Michael Cristiano, both of whom have great musical Cs in their own right.
I'll admit that I went along a bit reluctantly, tagging along with The Bloke, who loves some pub music on a Sunday, and also loves The Emerald. I'd wanted to watch my beloved Cats in my favourite footy pub, but pretended to be flexible. As it happened I got the best of all possible worlds. The Emerald has big TV screens wherever you look so I got my Cats fix, The Bloke was happy, and I had a truly memorable music experience.
When you go to The Emerald, you are effectively going to the home of the long time owners, the Lewis Family. Go there regularly, and you'll be welcomed like part of the extended family.
A city pub with a country pub welcome - photo from The Emerald's website
Going to The Emerald when Wendy Stapleton is playing is like have one of Australia's musical greats performing in your own lounge room, and having her chat to you as if she is a long time friend. I loved it and will happily go back for more of the same.