The last note rang out across the harbour, loud, clear and impressive, and James Morrison lowered his instrument smiling, to standing ovation. It was Sunday 22nd July and with this note, internationally acclaimed jazz legend, James Morrison ended the 2007 Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival.
Heralded as ‘A celebration of life by the bay’, the annual Micat Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival endeavoured once more to highlight the many spectacular sights and aspects of our area in a week of fun-filled activities. From Tuesday 17th July through to Sunday’s final act, the Manly Harbour was a hub of excitement as various events unfolded including everything from The Manly Hotel’s Wine Appreciation Dinner and popular Hummers and Strummers competition, to yacht sailing adventures, a Brisbane River Jazz Cruise, island beach party and more. Sunday’s finale however was certainly the most anticipated event, drawing enthusiastic crowds in the hundreds.
Manly’s main foreshore precinct and streets were closed off to make room for a full day of outdoor jazz, foreshore entertainment and plenty of culinary delights. From 10:30 Sunday morning, the festival delighted crowds as leading national and local artists such as legendary guitarist, Tim Gaze, soul singer, Bridget O’Donahue, jazz blues band, Blackwood and new act Adam Lopez took to the stage; the hugest response however came from the arrival of the headline act, jazz maestro, James Morrison.
A virtuoso in the true sense of the word, James Morrison awed viewers with the effortless ease with which he slipped from trumpet to trombone to piano, his fingers gliding across each instrument with surprising dexterity. This multi-instrumentalist has also mastered euphonium, flugel horn, tuba and saxophone. Add to this incredible versatility, his infectious enthusiasm and witty sense of humour and you had one amazing show.
James Morrison began his musical musings at seven years old with his first instrument, the trombone and his stories of his first solo experience had the audience in pearls of laughter. By the end of the performance, passing crowds were eagerly describing him as ‘unbelievable’. Apart from touring the world for most of the year James is also head of Morrison Records, an independent label dedicated to the best of jazz.
In addition to this sensational music program was an enticing selection of stalls and markets offering everything from paintings, photography and gems to hand-crafted toys, clothes and sweets. Festival-goers were able to wander the row of tantalising treasures to the tune of swing and blues that floated up from the main stage.
Children were occupied by local business, Cool Castles who provided endless ‘jumping fun’. Cool Castles has been operating in and around the Wynnum area since 1972, covering a variety of private parties and public events with a range of blow-up obstacles and playthings.
It was a wonderful day that left many in awe of the impressive range of activities and splendour that Manly had to offer.
Manly Harbour Rhythm: Glenn ShorROCK rocked the Village
The heart of Manly beat with the rhythms of a wide array of country and western, rock, pop and all that jazz last Sunday, 30th July. The tunes of Blackwood, Hatz Fitz, Flamenco Flamboyance and more filled the ears of the thousands who attended the 5th annual Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival which was declared by Cr Peter Cumming as becoming “bigger and better each year.”
The acts of the day didn’t miss a beat, while the Down Under Tribal Style Belly Dancers of the Wynnum PCYC shimmied their hips in time to the music, their dazzling and authentic costumes glittering in the sun. Eager and talented Busker’s lined the street in the hopes of winning the $1,000 first prize donated by Manor. It was international busker David Eastgate who took the much deserved prize home. The $500 second prize was awarded to ‘JazzLantis’ a group of talented young Jazz students. The standard of musicianship reached high levels and warm congratulations is given to all who participated in the competition.
The biggest crowd drawer however was the amazing opportunity to see old star Aussie Rocker, Glenn Shorrock perform live in the streets of the Manly Harbour Village.
Beginning his career in Adelaide, South Australia, Glenn Shorrock has played in a number of ensembles including ‘The Twilights,’ alongside Bryan Cad in ‘Axiom’ and most famously in ‘Little River band.’
From his first opening notes in “A Long Way There” an original ‘Little River band’ piece, it became clear that Shorrock was a born performer. His naturally charming personality had the crowd laughing along with him, clapping and cheering themselves hoarse. The band created a huge sound that had audience members grooving along to age old classics such as the popular Beatles cover, “Paperback Writer” and heartfelt “Little Ray of Sunshine.” His first time in Manly made an impact on the hearts of some of his biggest fans while at the same time forming new fans in the younger generations.
He certainly captured the heart of young audience member Patti. Obviously a Playschool fan the little star of the show had her dream come true as Glenn Shorrock invited her to the stage to perform a rendition of ‘Banana’s in Pajamas.’
The day was a great success and members of the Wynnum Manly community can definitely expect a lot from 2007.
The Halloween Street Party, 28th October marks the next Manly Harbour Village event. Be sure not to miss it! For more information on the events of the Manly Harbour Village call the Manly Info Centre on 07 3348 3524
The Manly Harbour Rhythms festival is on this weekend and is an event not to be missed by lovers of all styles of music! Musical talent from all rhythms of life will serenade the streets this Sunday 30th July in celebration of the event. Our charming Bayside village will be alive with the sound of music between 9am and 5pm. The program on the main village stage includes many wonderful and exciting acts such as Blackwood, The Playground, RAAF Band, Fabulous Blues Boys & headline act, GLEN SHORROCK.
Other highlights of the day include Sunday Markets throughout the Little Bayside Park & Esplanade, a variety of children's rides and a range of food vans to choose from. Buskers throughout the Village area will contribute to the festive and community atmosphere. Be sure to bring a chair or rug on the day.
As an extra, special tribute to the musical celebrations this weekend, The Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival, The Manor Group and MusicOnTheBoyle.com have come together to present what is widely considered the most eclectic mix of flute, harp, strings & orchestra in 100 years.
For one night only, Saturday 29th July, world renowned Australian Flautist Jane Rutter and Marshall McGuire, Australia’s greatest Harpist, will be playing with the Australian Concert Orchestra Strings, the funky jazz group Blackwood, and the incredible Queensland Medical Orchestra under the baton of the highly praised Sean O’Boyle.
Firmly established as one of Australia's most brilliant and versatile flautists, Jane Rutter is one of the few classically trained flutists with the ability to cross over successfully into jazz and pop. Having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and in Paris with Alain Marion and Jean-Pierre Rampal her musical knowledge is extensive.
Jane Rutter has worked as lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, toured extensively for Musica Viva Australia and produced and starred in many concerts and solo performances. All her much acclaimed albums have entered the FM pop charts.
The night is geared to be a great explosion of contemporary classics, tantalizing folk, & popular jazz to celebrate the climax weekend of the Manly Harbour Village Rhythms Festival. The concert will take place live at the Chandler Theatre (Sleeman Centre) 7pm Saturday evening.
$10 from every ticket goes to the Ashintosh Trust - Teddy Bear Hospital,
Mater Children's Hospital and RCH. So book now with qtix.com.au or by calling 136 246.
For more information on the Manly Harbour Rhythm Festival please call the
Manly Info Centre on 07 3348 3524.
Large numbers of people took advantage of the great weather to enjoy the Manly Harbour Rhythms 2004 Music, Food and Wine Festival held over the weekend May 28th -30th.
Highlights of the weekend included the huge Manly Hotel Wine Expo, live music throughout the Village, at Wilson’s Boathouse, the R.Q.Y.S and Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club. A great weekend caped off with a very enjoyable stroll through the Manly Art and Craft Sunday Markets, a must do for 2005.
Manly Harbour Rhythm: Opening of Studio and Gallery in Manly
Last Friday night (May 7th) saw the official opening of the Julien Star Gallery and Studio and Gallery at 71 Cambridge Parade, Manly. Over 70 people enjoyed the champagne and other refreshments whilst they mingled inside and outside the gallery. On display in the gallery were some of the photographs that Julien had taken around the Wynnum Manly area, including some depicting his love for the sea and yachting. For more information visit the website at www.julienstarphotography.com.au
This is a great venture, which will give visitors to the Manly area, a place to collect mementos of their visit to the bayside.