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Marlborough Jazz Fest: The Overtones
APPRECIATING the talents of a band is made much more difficult when rain is running off your hair and down your neck.
On the Friday evening opening of the jazz festival one of the few local bands taking part, The Overtones, put on a brave performance.
This swing quintet of local musicians is growing in popularity and last year provided the background music for a summer garden party organised by Mayor Peggy Dow.
It may be summer but there was no sunshine on Friday evening.
The band squeezed under a large canopy but no such luck for the punters who were left out in the rain.
Nevertheless with fewer than a dozen watching as they started, the Overtones proceeded to demonstrate why they have grown in popularity.
Founder of the band Mark Richardson, rhythm guitar and vocals, was supported by Geoff Stear on bass and tuba, John Bartle on trumpet, Anthony Sycamore on keyboards and Rick Ware on drums.
As some of the original band members came from Overton made picking their name easy.
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