My last post was about an unexpected kids' moral tale in a theatre in Adelaide. This is back in Canberra, but again a change for me. This is pop music, a covers band. I'd met Dave, a neighbour of a friend, at a theatre performance and it turned out that he played bass in a covers band. His band was Topshelf and they were playing one suitable Saturday at the Burns Club and we are members given a session we attend regularly and we could have dinner and the band was free so why not. Well, it was loud but they were a capable and comfortable outfit and the room was abuzz with dancers up front and some woman was inviting us to dance or organising seating for us (not a staff member, but friendly in the whole thing) and I jived along at the side as Megan took to the floor and this was a wonderfully entertaining and happy outing. We ate too much, as one is wont to do at a buffet but that was good too. The music was too loud, but I had my trusty tissues. I recognised plenty of songs but given my intelli-jazz orientation found it hard to name them. But I could search lyrics. And there was a string of guitars to swap and a mandolin and a light show and they even play a keytar although I didn't catch it. And Dave gave me a touch on his bass that I didn't recognise and it had neat action and a lovely thumpy feel with flatwounds and a semi-acoustic body. Nice. Not that I've played e-bass for a few years anyway. So it was somewhat a blast and a thing from my past but gee it's nice to have fun with music and pop-rock can do that and Topshelf did it capably and with energy and some sweat. Again, not jazz, but great fun!
Topshelf played at the Burns Club. Topshelf are Brad Hartland (vocals, guitar), Craig Elphick (keys, vocals), Dave Kirwan (bass, vocals) and Ian Heffernan (drums).