‘Country Roads…..take me home’, the strains of that old familiar John Denver classic that so many music fans love to sing, that epitomize this long-running charity concert were heard last Sunday at the Dutch Burgher Union hall as the Country Roads concert 2010 played out all evening in a relaxed country fair format with food stalls and games for children.
But fun and food however enjoyable, can only take you so far and it was the music and the performers they came to hear, many of them old favourites with the audience like the inimitable Mariazelle, the dynamic band Anno Domini, the Country Revival band with Country Road founders Feizal Samath, Jury Majid and friends as well as British songbirds from across the seas Astrid Brook and Amelie Chevalier who took their turn in keeping the audience entertained with a mix of music old and not so old. The audience sang, clapped and swayed as the music played on.
His voice has not been heard for some years now in Sri Lanka, but the ‘mystery guest’ on the show- the ‘local Jim Reeves’ Ranjith Vethakan, down from Australia proved he can still wow audiences when he rolled out a string of old-time hits and Engelbert Humperdinck numbers that had the ladies singing happily along. The finale was of course, the crowd favourites, the Mavericks, all the way from Germany glad to be back again in the sunshine isle winding up the show with their rousing sounds and characteristically enervating performance.
The Country Roads concert has, over the years, raised millions of rupees for children’s charities and this year proceeds will go to the “Sevana Sarana Fund” for children’s education. Dialog and Cargills Food City were the main sponsors of Country Roads this year and the Sunday Times, the media sponsor as it has been since its inception. Prime Radio and Prime TV were the electronic media sponsors.