The first Studio Night of 2014 at Pocklington Arts Centre, organised by 20-year-old Joe Griffiths, got off to a cracking start.
Joe sang and played guitar first, setting a high standard for the rest of the evening. Next up were accomplished musicians Anna Baines and Lara Wilson, who played a flute and clarinet duet, with their piece by Handel particularly well received.
Megan Preece, as always, delighted especially with the song ‘How long will I love you?’
Next talented vocalist was Demi Lanham with love songs and much applause for ‘Somewhere only we know’.
A late but welcome addition to the programme was 17-year-old Hollie Pickup who is studying at the Access to Music College in York. She is an Acoustic Pop singer with a hint of Country who gave an affecting performance with her numbers including ‘If I die young’.
After the break, singer/songwriter Jodie Wortley took to the stage with her own style of music which proved popular with the audience and praise must also go to her accompanist Joe.
A change of pace and tone followed with Jonathan Taylor at the keyboard singing his own amusing ‘Sweetheart’ – a confident and enjoyable performance.
He then played guitar with Anna Hughes playing fiddle and they gave us some excellent, lively, traditional Irish music.
Last up was Puppets for Hire who rounded off a most enjoyable evening with their covers band.
Thanks must go to Joseph Griffiths for organising the evening, Gary Ellis for ably compering, Tom Morris for technical help and Liz Buckles and the Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre for making the event possible.
The next Studio Night is Sunday 27 April.
Anyone interested in performing is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.