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Barker and Lounge Making a Shift

Barker and Lounge Making a Shift

Who: Mickey Barker and the Lounge Review
Where: Gallipoli Legion Club
When: Saturday March 31, 2001

AFTER a lengthy Saturday night residency at the Gallipoli Club, Hamilton, the popular Mickey Barker and The Lounge Review will move on.

For six months they played a mixture of jazz standards with a swing and Latin lounge feel.

In this time they have built up a steady following which Mickey Barker said incorporates a unique cross-section of people, of all ages, creeds and backgrounds.

'People who like to dance or just sit and chill out interacted in a very relaxed laconic atmosphere,' Barker said.

Barker said the Gallipoli management has decided to end jazz on Saturday nights at the club in favour of soloists, duos and bands similar to other clubs.

The final lounge review show was on Saturday night and went off, as usual, with a bang.

The core members of the review include vocalist Barker, Gary Bennett on drums and vocals, bassist Chris Dawson and Ted Bentley, alias Darryl Abberhart on keyboards.

Some of Newcastle's top musicians have been invited weekly to join in the fun and if it was possible, add a little more diversity to the show.

These players have included, Clare Bail, Lesa Scully, Rachel Westacott, Damien Watson, Mick King, Andrew Wallace, Terrence Koo, Chris Reynolds, Michael Griffiths, Col Stein, Craig Lembke, Roderic White, Ian Esplan, Pat Kelleher, Warwick Alder, Guy Vaughan Smith, Ben Elliot, Jimmy Lyons, Dave Kelly and Kim Pink. 'We are disappointed to be leaving the Gallipoli, whose staff has been so supportive, but the review will continue,' Barker said.

Fans will be able to catch Mickey Barker and The Lounge Review at Queen's Wharf Brewery on April 12.

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