Thank you all for the beautiful turnout and wonderful support!
The Plaza at the National Library wasn't a very large venue but most seats were filled when The Silver Strings and The Dukes performed on Sunday, 18th September.
Then the Silver Strings appeared with Andy Singing The Blues, followed by the Indonesian hit, Impian Semalam. Michael Bangar rocked the crowd with Hippy Hippy Shake. The international handclapping hit, Beautiful Sunday by Michael brought the house down as the audience asked for more.
Nick Stravens with his powerful vocals pleased the crowd with CCR's Lodi and the Cliff Richard anthem, Young Ones. Rickie Chng was cool as ever belting out 60's favourites accompanying the singers. No one in the crowd was left untouched by the music of both bands.
"Wonderful show," said pretty Carrie, a member of the audience. "Each song brings back memories for us. Thank you very much. Hope to see more of these shows."
Like most members of the band, programme carrying ladies and gents met the boys requesting for autographs. It was fun time as we discussed pop 60's music, both local and from abroad.
Drummer and socialite John Cher was mobbed by a group of ladies and men clamouring for his autograph. Audie Ng carried the youngest fan in his arms. The child was only 4 years.
More news ahead. And more pictures as we reveal the people behind the scene.
Video guy Robert Lim. Many of his shoots on You Tube.
Living legend Horace Wee, the man for guitar solos, with Andy and John.
Photographer Richard Toh and drummer boy John Cher.
Leading to the event, I was warned about the potential bad accoustics of the Plaza at the National LIbrary. However when The Dukes commenced their sound checks, my fears were laid to rest. I was delighted to observe that it was in fact good. Especially for an open air show. Due credit must be accorded to the sound engineers. In fact a few of the people I spoke with are of the view that the sound is better than that of the quaterly Pek Kio shows!
On behalf of The Silver Strings I wish to thank and congratulate the organizers of this programme. It clearly brought a lot of joy and good cheer to everyone who attended. The one major complaint; It was far far too short!
One of the young soundmen I spoke to said he really enjoyed listening to all the old songs that his parents love, performed "live". I am of the view that the event had indeed achieved its intended goal of "CELEBRATING SENIORS & THE ARTS". It was very much YESTERDAY ONCE MORE for the audience. It is not only the music and the bands. It is also about meeting up with old friends from the golden era of SG music and sharing the stories of the personalities that emerged from the scene. What a blast!
On a personal note, thanks to Andy Lim for opening the avenue for the Silver Strings to participate in this Silver Arts Celebrations 2016. And also to Audie Ng for seeing it through to its fruition.
Andy's slogan to "pop music and not pills" is proven beyond any doubts. Natural "highs" come from music, not pills!
What a pleasure and privilege to share the beautiful Sunday afternoon with all who came to support the show! Thank you each and everyone!
Richard Toh for most of the photographs on this page.
Robert Lim and Fabian Foo (right) for the video shoots that are already on You Tube.
NAC for inviting The Silver Strings and The Dukes.
All friends, fans and family who attended the show.