Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    Launch of CD and tape of old-time songs performed by seniors' band

    17/09/1999 10:21 AM

      A spontaneous suggestion 11 months ago by Seniors’ Minister Rhonda Parker to one of Perth’s most unique bands, the Broadway II Band, has today culminated in the launch of a CD and tape of old-time songs.

      With an average age of 77, the six band members range in age from a spritely 60 to 91.

      “I was so impressed with the band’s old-time music at the launch of the Government’s five-year plan for Seniors, Time on Our Side, that I suggested they make a CD,” Mrs Parker said.

      “Their performance at that event was their fourth in 24 hours but they played like the magnificent troupers they are.

      “It wasn’t just the music but the enthusiasm they put into it. Their active life and work for others really symbolises what seniors contribute to the community.”

      The band consists of Bill Philpot, 91 (drums), Anne van Elst 91, (violin), Tom Carrick 86 (banjolin), Betty Booth 78 (accordion), Maureen Maddocks 60 (flute) and Gwen Fenech 60 (piano).

      “Most of the band play at least two or three instruments; they have a repertoire of 500 songs that are played without sheet music, Tom Carrick is self taught and Betty Booth didn’t learn until she was nearly 50,” Mrs Parker said.

      The band continues a tradition from the 1920s when Gwen Fenech’s mother started the Broadway Orchestra which was named after a street in Bassendean.

      The CD and tape contains 44 old-time songs from the 1900s to the 1950s and to the amazement of the studio technician, was recorded in six hours with a break for lunch.

      Sponsored by the Bassendean Town Council, the CD or tape costs $10 plus $2.50 postage. They can be obtained by calling 9377 2190.

      Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810