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Pop and Rock Music Appreciation 

Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month.  

Tuesday 21st February 1000-1200

  • For our first meeting we all chose two tracks which, for whatever reason, have made an impact on our musical listening journey. We had a really diverse selection, ranging from The Beatles and Frank Ifield to Petula Clark and The Undertones.  Hopefully future meetings can tap into a similar eclectic mix!  

Tuesday 21st March 1000-1200

  • A packed meeting where we listened to and discussed all sorts of music from Dr Didg and Joni Mitchell to JJ Cale, Lana Del Rey and The Proclaimers.  We also watched a couple of videos including one featuring Buckethead and came up with some ideas for future sessions. 

Tuesday 18th April 1000-1200

  • The theme for this meeting was "Duets" - we saw videos from George Michael, Rogers Waters, Van Morrison, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and listened to a wide range of duets including John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt, Joe Jackson, Ray Charles and Diana Krall, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry and Bran Van 3000.  A really enjoyable and educational couple of hours! 

Tuesday 16th May 1000-1200

  • To mark the 10th Anniversary of Lostwithiel Area u3a, group members suggested some tracks with a celebratory theme : these included Celebration by PFM, Heroes by David Bowie, Celebrate by Pitbull, Summertime by Big Brother and the Holding Company and Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie - a really good, uplifting musical mix! 

Tuesday 20th June 1000-1200

  • This meeting was a free choice session where we chose tracks that we thought the rest of the group would like to hear.  Our selections included videos from Tina Turner, Nils Lofgren, John Newman and Jeff Beck plus audio tracks from, among others, the Eagles, A Day to Remember, John Martyn, Stackridge, Steely Dan and Radiohead.  We were also treated to some 78rpm records (from Ella Fitzgerald and Jackie Wilson) played on a 95 year old portable gramophone and, to round everything off, a fiendishly difficult musical connections quiz!

Tuesday 18th July 1000-1200

  • The theme for this meeting was "Acoustic and Unplugged", we had a very wide selection of tracks from Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton to The Civil Wars, Leonard Cohen and Nirvana.  We also had a "first line lyrics" quiz which was harder than it at first seemed......

Tuesday 15th August 1000-1200

  • This was another free choice session where we had a massively divergent playlist ranging from Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon and Traveling Wilburys to Sam Fender, UNKLE, Zita Swoon, Steve 'n' Seagulls and Van Halen.  Plus, we celebrated our 100th track - Led Zeppelin's Kashmir as performed by Epic Symphonic Rock and an entertaining pop and rock music quiz during the "interval". 

Tuesday 12th September 1000-1200 

  • The theme for this meeting was Journeys and we came up with some very different types : walking (Marc Cohn), flying (Fascinating Aida), trains (Jethro Tull), motorcycling (Steppenwolf) and driving cars (Meat Loaf, Roy Orbison and John Shuttleworth); we also had Highway Star by Deep Purple set to a GoPro cycling video in Cardinham Woods and some Japanese Kawaii metal in the shape of Babymetal. 

Tuesday 17th October

  • This was a Free Choice session and we heard tracks ranging from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Fats Domino to T Rex and Paul Simon with a bit of Ane Brun, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and Hedluv + Passman in between!  

Tuesday 21st November 

  • The theme for this meeting was Colours and tracks included Pink Champagne (Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames), Blue Lights (Jorja Smith), Velvet Green (Jethro Tull), White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane), Black and Gold (Sam Sparro) and Colours (Donovan).

Tuesday 19th December 

  • The theme for this meeting - unsurprisingly - was Festive Tunes and we heard tracks from Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Mike Oldfield, Joni Mitchell, The Killers, Bing Crosby & David Bowie, Mary Gautier, The Rolling Stones, The Royal Guardsmen, Santa's Elves, The Ramsey Lewis Trio - and ending with Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.  Plus we had an excellent Christmas Music Quiz - many thanks to Zeb for his deceptively difficult questions!  Oh, and we had some mince pies too.......

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