SATURDAY'S wet weather made it a bit of a squeeze at the annual Anglican Church Fair in Warrnambool, but that is nothing unusual for an accordion player. Rain forced the festivities indoors at the Christ Church hall, where the Rubber Band kept visitors entertained as they browsed and bought to contribute to parish funds.
Rubber Band members, from left, are Barry Lowther (guitar), Ray Walsh, Kevin King, Prop Heazlewood (banjo), Regan Lynch and Mauyreen Heazlewood.
Stretching it out for year of the elderly
Warrnambool Standard Oct. 2nd 1999 - ©Copyright Warrnambool Standard 1999. All rights reserved
Rubber Band at the Warrnambool Library
A UNIQUE blend of musical instruments provided entertainment for older Warrnambool residents yesterday with a performance by some elderly musicians who form the Rubber band. South-West residents Maureen and Prop Heazlewood, John Anscomb and Ray Walsh entertained the audience with their unique style of music as part of the International Year of Older Persons. Using a banjo, harmonica, guitar, accordion and violin, the musicians played for residents of local nursing homes and the community during a performance at the Warrnambool library. Maureen said the band had been playing for many years and was called the Rubber Band because it stretched to include anyone interested in performing. She said the band had appeared at festivals, nursing homes, and "anywhere we're invited" but added they were starting to wind down. "We're trying to slow down a bit ourselves because we're getting older too", she said. Maureen could not say how long the band had been performing but said that it "seems like forever". She said the band enjoyed playing their music to older people and added the band members loved to entertain. "People just come along and play with us, whoever we can get to play is welcome", she said. Maureen said there were no formal requirements for performances, including rehearsals. "Our performances are our rehearsals, what you see is our performance" she said.