Boldon & District

Contemporary Music

Due to the Coronavirus the Monthly Group Meeting has been suspended until further notice

++ As of April 2020 Group Leader ADAM has been sending out weekly newsletters with a quiz and a podcast-
eg TV THEMES MUSIC QUIZ. These have been well received and are helping keep the group connected.

The Boldon U3A Contemporary Music Group was set up in September 2013. Currently the largest group with over 50 members we meet monthly at Whitburn Cricket Club.
The group is an active vibrant group that aims to Learn, Laugh and Live and we certainly do that!
Each session has a theme – playing records eg people’s names /places/colours etc. members email their favourite tunes and suggestions to Adam Walter. DJ Adam coordinates the proceedings and brings to the group a variety of artists and their music plus some history behind the development of the tunes. The session includes a selection of new releases where we vote "a hit/or a miss" in true Juke Box Jury style as well an increasingly competitive quiz!
Members often have the group enthralled sharing their personal knowledge, memories and stories of records and concerts they have attended. We cover a wide range of interest across most musical genres and the collective expertise is extensive! This can include pop/rock/jazz/blues/classical influences etc and a lot of researched information into the artists, their lives and their messages. All the music is streamed via ADAM'S PHONE so any tune/artist can be accessed.
We always have a break for tea and it has been said that we provide the best biscuits!

In October 2014 some members participated in a much enjoyed tour of the American "Deep South" exploring the musical influences of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans! Those members have then been able too bring their increased knowledge and experience to the group.

Over the years the group has had Theatre trips to see the JERSEY BOYS (the FOUR SEASONS story), SUNNY AFTERNOON (the KINKS story),GLENN MILLER STORY(with TOMMY STEELE) and recently (March 2020) the MANFREDS at the Customs House.The musicianship was stunning,the lead singer PAUL JONES (now 78!) simply brilliant - Do Wah Diddy etc !!!!

2017 was a vintage year with some memorable sessions. In the March we had a highly successful VINYL EVENING when RICHIE and MAREK from RPM in Newcastle gave us a talk on running a music shop, the vinyl revival and then valued the records that group members had brought along. In the June the lovely FAYE TOZER, the lead singer of STEPS, talked about her career, her musical influences and a forthcoming sold out Arena tour.All this before her STRICTLY fame in 2018 (we hope at some point to have her back).This was followed by an ELVIS afternoon on the 16th August (40th Anniversary of his passing) where on a bright sunny day we had a full dance floor enjoying some of his biggest hits !

In September 2018 the whole group went on a very successful highly memorable three day trip to LIVERPOOL. Staying at the famous Adelphi hotel and with sunny skies throughout, the group enjoyed everything BEATLES - a museum trip, a talk, a tour (with a group picture at STRAWBERRY FIELDS) culminating with a FERRY ON THE MERSEY.

This last year we have enjoyed a talk by TREVOR SEWELL (Music in Sunderland), a stunning recollection of the famous artists she met during her times in the BAILEY organisation with group member former journalist MAUREEN COZENS and a Desert Island Discs afternoon (March 2020) with the eloquent charming JEFF BROWN from BBC LOOK NORTH.

Up to MARCH 2020 there have been 74 sessions in all. It is quite a unique U3A group since there will be very few (if any) similar groups in the country. If there are please contact me.

If you would like to join the CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP and have a genuine interest please email ADAM WALTER (group leader) at ajrwalter@hotmail.co.uk

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