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May 15th 2007
"Welcome" a winner
A catchy African rhythm and some very welcoming lyrics were the combination which saw Island musician Malcolm Hamilton win the judges' choice for best song in the Magnetic Island Musos' Club song competition last Saturday.
The competition followed a special Kid's Night concert in which young Island musicians, who are learning under music teacher and Musos Club Committee member Phil Honey, performed in front of an enthusiastic audience of family, friends and Club regulars.
Mal Hamilton, who won a $300 voucher to On Stage Music for his song titled "Welcome", told Magnetic Times, "I'm really pleased. I think it was a great idea as was the kid's concert.
"The song is a hybrid from African Soukous and Zulu jives. I made it fairly simple so people could jam along. I had this nice African riff floating round in my head and I just wanted to show how much I appreciate the inclusiveness of the Musicians' Club. It (Musos Club) is a fantastic institution that is still attracting new faces."
Seven others entered and performed songs on the night before judges, Beat Lehmann, Helen Ash and Mark Hannan.
There was also an audience vote for the most popular song which attracted a $100 voucher to On Stage Music. It was won by Peter Jackson with his song, "The world was saved - what did you do?"
Musos' Club advise that there will be no Musos Club night for June but that the Club will be performing as part of the Palm Creek Festival held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
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Big thankyou to On Stage Music for their generosity, also to the judges Helen, Mark and Beat,to the committee and members of Muso's club, the RSL, my fellow musicians and the people who come along to Muso's club every month. I couldn't have done it on my own. There is a pool of amazingly talented and generous people on Maggie island and it's wonderful to be able to invite people on stage at such short notice to help out. Long live Muso's Club! Maggie Island rocks!