'Human jukebox' Dave King provided a fun morning of 'guess the name and place' at the first Musical Bite Coffee morning of the year.
Dave's plan was to use tunes which contained either a person's first name or the name of a place. He chose 30 tunes that ranged from music-hall favourites like 'Daisy Bell' and 'It's a long way to Tipperary' to more modern standards like 'Michelle' and 'New York, New York'. Each piece was numbered and he had the corresponding number in a tin for people to pick out a number for him to play on the electronic piano in the hall, they were asked to try and guess the name of the piece and the place associated with it.
Our January Musical Bite coffee mornings are often in the Parish Hall rather than the church as it is easier to keep it cosy on a chilly winter morning than the church. After a slow start (with one couple arriving early and others not arriving until 30 minutes late) by 10:45 every table was full and not everyone stayed the whole time with tables full for the rest of the morning, so about 75 people of all ages came to enjoy the variety of cakes, tea, coffee and squash while Dave played music from around the world.
We had some left over cake which people bought after mass on Sunday morning so our total raised for the organ project from this event was £139.00, which is excellent for a winter coffee morning. I would like to thank Dave for playing the piano (and organising the event), Gill and Fiona for serving refreshments (and Hazel for helping with the washing up at the end, she had been selling plants for the church restoration fund) and everyone who donated the delicious cakes, they all contributed to make this a very warm happy morning of music and conversation.
Words and photos by Anna Page