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20 hours of great live music


The Moods have gone home, and something is missing. We’re used to quiet nights on Lord Howe, so when we have one of Sydney’s best jazz bands for seven nights, our world gets a bit confused. There are 3 sets of music each night, afternoon rehearsals, jams with locals, and an ongoing comedy act.

The Moods are Joern Harris (saxophone and clarinet), Todd Hardy (trumpet and vocals), Shane Cranney (guitar and vocals), Duncan Archibald (drums) and Matt Gruebner (bass). Joern and Shane met at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and formed The Moods in the 1990’s. They started gigging, playing at friend’s parties and, through word of mouth, the occasional wedding. The Moods held long residencies at The Greengate Hotel in Killara, The New Orleans Café in Crows Nest, The Soup Plus in the City, The Steyne and New Brighton Hotels in Manly, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and The Harbord Diggers.

Last week was the Moods’ 20th consecutive visit to Pinetrees. As is tradition at Pinetrees, the boys first came here as ‘cool musicians’, but now bring their families (that’s not to say that they’re no longer cool). Duncan’s daughter, Arabella, even performs with the band. Each set list ranges from trad jazz through to crooner/swing, and when the crowd is in the mood, the occasional blues or rock tune – all played in the energetic ‘Moods’ style. Think Kinks songs with big trumpet solos.

Pinetrees was full for the week and each night up to 100 people (including locals and guests from other lodges) sat back and enjoyed the music. Some tapped, some danced, some sang, and some joined the band - Arabella on clarinet, Charlotte on ukelele, Matthew on harmonica, and Anita and Gai on vocals. Was it Gai’s 20th consecutive performance of Patsy Cline’s Crazy?

This year the band recorded each night’s performance, so check their website for clips. The Moods have released four CDs – Sunglasses (1997), Cheese (1999), Tropicana (2003) and Excuse Me (2007), and each would be a good addition to your CD collection.

Thanks boys, and see you next year!

The Moods in full swing

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