IT was a sell out at the Villa Marina’s Promenade Suite on Friday, as a who’s who of Manx singers and musicians came together to stage fundraising show One Night Stand.
Eighteen vocalists and the house band put the painstaking rehearsals into practice and, along with the enthusiastic crowd, created a special atmosphere with some impressive performances.
Red Gap’s Barry Nelson opened the first set with Duran Duran anthem Ordinary World, followed by band mate Jo Earner with (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin.
Jo’s new husband Juan Callister was up next with a dose of soul in the form of Dreamin’ by Amos Lee, before 3 Million frontman Liam Harrison got a more funky vibe going with John Mayer’s track Vultures.
8 Bit Empire man Dave Brew brought a touch of cinema to the show with Radiohead’s version of 80s bond theme Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon, while DC/AC singer Adrian Bruce got his vocal chords around U2’s Love Rescue Me, before the night got jazzy as Christy DeHaven stepped up with Doris Day classic Close Your Eyes.
The tempo then rose boogie-woogie style with Boom Boom Out Go the Lights by The Blues Band, performed by Shelly Rourke of Psychoholics, before Uber Room and Jacoba frontman Geoff Murphy got up for Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand the Rain.
And STARLITE vocalist Suzy Starlite finished the first set with a rendition of the Imogen Heap and Jeff Beck collaboration Blanket.
Katherine Crowe opened up the second set with Prince ballad Purple Rain, and Louise Earner kept the mood mellow with Eva Cassidy classic Songbird.
Gig organiser and house band guitarist Simon Campbell then stepped up in front of the mic next, to Say Hello Wave Goodbye by Soft Cell, before Matt Creer stepped up for the hymn-like Late for the Sky, Jackson Browne, and the funky bass line took over for Talk Talk’s Life’s What You Make It sung by Truman Falls’ Simon Rea.
Classic rock anthem specialist Mike Jelski of Ed Force One and Geddy Up got the crowd going with the familiar hook of Under Pressure by Queen/David Bowie.
And Christine Collister changed the mood with the romantic electro beat of Protection by Massive Attack, before the tempo was well and truly raised as GASP’s Steve Parry rocked Marvin Gaye’s Can I get a Witness.
No one was getting out of there without an encore, and it duly came as everyone returned to the stage for Ben E. King’s Stand By Me.
‘It was fantastic,’ said aforementioned organiser Simon Campbell.
‘The performances were amazing. I can’t pick anyone out, everyone was good, and a few were exceptional. Though that was probably down to the song rather than just the singer, some picked great tracks.’
He added his heartfelt thanks to the backroom guys, including bandmates Chris Glaister on keyboards, drummer Danny Kneale and bassist Steve Rowe. The most difficult one was Christy DeHaven’s,’ said Simon. ‘It is out and out jazz, and the keys were played by legend Andre Previn. Poor old Chris. But he learned it note for note, it was amazing.’
He added: ‘One of the great things is that everyone gave their time for free. Mark Cleator on sound was exceptional, and he recorded it so we are going to remix and sell the CDs. Also James Coates, Polly Palframan, Dave Swindells, Andy James and poster designer Martyn Cain, promoter Barry Fearon and photographers Pete Williamson and Liam Reynolds.’
From a fundraising point of view, band Maldune were in selling CDs with all proceeds to charity which raised more than £200, a bucket passed around collected £154, and added to ticket receipts means more than £1,000 will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Simon was thanked for his own efforts by being presented with a special chainsaw-carved wooden guitar.
‘It was beautiful,’ he said. ‘There wasn’t one bit of diva behaviour. All the artists were watching each other from the audience and applauding. A lot of bridges were built. The crowd were totally up for it too, from the start. I am looking to do something again at the Gaiety next year, but in a totally different format.’