22nd October 2000
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The Country Road concert presented by the Country Music Foundation (CMF) has earned its place in the music scene and this tenth anniversary concert did not disappoint the fans, young and old.
Anton Gunatilleke and Friends opened the show on a mellow note, delighting older members of the audience when they included two Jim Reeves numbers in their repertoire. They were followed by Flame, whose regular appearances at Country Road are always looked forward to by their fans. Flame did not disappoint with their choice of James Taylor and Eagles hits. Mariazelle too continued the mellow mood, doing 'Please, Mr. Please', and 'Let It Be Me' in her own distinctive style.
German folk singer Katja Kaye (featured on our cover this week) was making her first appearance at Country Road and the striking blonde whose voice seemed to evoke shades of both Shania Twain and Faith Hill had the audience enrapt. Included in her selection of songs was the popular 'Goodbye America'. But the song that really had the audience going was undoubtedly the John Denver hit that has come to be the Country Road anthem, 'Country Road, Take Me Home'.
The Country Road concert, however, is more than mere entertainment. Dedicated to helping the needy through music, all proceeds are channelled through UNICEF to needy children. Over the years it has succeeded tremendously in raising awareness of their plight. The music community has supported the organisers in this worthy cause, as have sponsors like Ceylinco Insurance, Sri Lankan Airlines, TNL and host hotel Trans Asia. The Sunday Times has been media sponsor since the show's inception.
For those who remember the early Country Road concerts, the sight of a slim, bespectacled young man, guitar in hand, ascending the stage may have rung a bell. Thilan Wijesinghe is now better known as Chairman of the BOI but he proved he had not forgotten his love of music and his songwriting days. Joining him on stage were the organisers of the event, Feizal Samath and Juragen Majid of the Country Music Foundation for a rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's classic 'The Boxer'.
Enter 'The Mavericks'. The German band, making their fifth appearance at the show enjoyed themselves hugely. If the mood was relaxed till then, well they soon changed things with their pulsating, fun-filled performance. From Jambalaya to Cotton Eye Joe, they sang, fiddled and won the audience hearts with impromptu riffs and wisecracks. For Dirk Maverick, supporting the Country Road concert has been a commitment that he and his band have been happy to make. This year, his act was filled with surprises and when it was time to go, the audience indeed was heartfelt in their shouts of 'one more'. Return 'the King' as Dirk in white rhinestone-studded satin coat and dark shades did his 'Elvis' act, much to the crowd's delight.
It was left to the Cosmic Rays with a medley of Credence Clearwater Revival songs and Rhinestone Cowboy to wind up another Country Road. Encore, Country Road
Dirk says that what he plays for German audiences are in essence the same as what was played at Country Road X, though with a difference. "We play live for concerts, festivals, and parties and they are huge celebrations." It seems that in Germany they are very well received. "In Germany we are good in business," he says.
He appreciates the concept of the Country Music Foundation, and thanks Feizal Samath, President of the Foundation who has been organising the show for ten years, for his dedication. "What I like specially is that the money goes directly to UNICEF," he says.
This is their fifth Country Road show, and according to Dirk he's a
committed fan of Sri Lanka. "This is my ninth or tenth visit to Sri Lanka.
I like this country, I like to be here and I hope to be here next year
too", he says smiling.
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