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An unlikely combination

John Bristed - Capital Times - 1/02/2012

Capital Times Music Review

The Mulled Wine Concert, Roger Tibbs and Robert Sharrenborg, Paekakariki, January 28, 2012

MARY GOW’S smiles echoed those of the audience at the ‘country and blues’ evening she organised last Saturday, and as the concert ran into its fourth hour it was clear that the musicians were having just as much fun.  The Paekakariki Memorial Hall was full  for this event, a fund raiser for her classical concerts later in the year.
Guitarist and singer Roger Tibbs, who allowed that he went to school with Mary when he was a small boy, has since worked up a great array of songs from well known American country and western singers.  His excellent yodel featured in  some of his selection accompanied by his own guitar, bass player Dennis Pere and with the talented Shane Putt on lead guitar. Tibbs leavens his songs with nicely tailored stories in between.
Then, in complete contrast blues pianist and singer Robert Sharrenborg played and sang an eclectic selection of songs, including melodies from his native Nederlands as well as seldom heard items by Paul Simon and from Procol Harum.  He says he loves that group’s strange chords.
In an unlikely combination the four played together for a third set with the Sharrenborg and Tibbs tossing each other ideas. The crowd’s loudest applause came when Putt joined Sharrenborg in a great rendition of Georgia on My Mind.

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