WURLITZER 2004
Carlo Curley/Lyn Larsen Duelling Organs Show

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The Contestants

The Contestants
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Simon Gledhill opens the show

Simon Gledhill opens the show
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Well, I was going to say something about Little and Large but then that would not be fair! Why? Because Lyn Larsen is by no means little when it comes to playing the Theatre Organ, and Carlo Curley is now a lot smaller, having considerably reduced his body weight, making him look positively silf like! Puts me to shame Carlo, but thanks for your kind words regarding 'prosperity', all the same!

Despite stiff competition from football, punk rock and the wonderful smell of seaweed when walking along Worthing's promenade in the sun, it's good to see that these guys can 'pull a crowd' when necessary, as the Assembly Hall was quite full, indicating that our concert goers are quite a discerning lot.

Lyn and Carlo in duet

Lyn and Carlo in duet
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Lyn Larsen

Lyn Larsen
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It goes without saying that the music was superb, accurately played, but by no means stuffy. There can be a lot of humour in music, and there certainly was in some of Lyn and Carlo's, either individually or in duet. Not over done or poking fun, but amusing when appropriate. There was also superb accuracy as you might expect from these 'world class' musicians. Individually they are in a class of their own and together they complement each other in a unique combination. Jim Buckland is to be congratulated for seeing the musical potential of promoting this type of concert that puts people such as Carlo and Lyn together in one show.

Now, an observation and a plea! I make no apology for this other than for perhaps upsetting your sense of uniformity, which it is designed to do! As has already been mentioned, the Assembly Hall at Worthing was almost to capacity for this particular event, as is rightly so. When it comes to bums on seats and 'door takings' you can't do much better than to fill the venue. Ideally this should be the case for every event but sadly it isn't. Even for such a superb show as 'Duelling Organs' there were a few vacant seats, and I've occasionally heard people say "Oh yes, I like their music but I've seen them before, so I don't think I'll bother to go!" If this is a trend and it continues, then eventually shows such as 'Duelling Organs' will be staged less and less, and the less grand events will disappear altogether! It is often said that artistes owe something to their audiences for supporting them. Equally, YOU the audience owe something to the artistes for bothering to train in their art so that they can entertain you to the best of their talent and ability. They all need one thing - a venue to work in. Venues need cash for their upkeep. No upkeep, lousy instrument, artistes don't feel at ease, audience dwindles even further. No cash, venue closes. NO MORE CONCERTS!!! Even if the same artiste may have been seen at another venue, YOU owe it to them to attend their concerts as often as possible. THEY in return will continue to give of their best. ALL GO HOME HAPPY!!!

Carlo Curley
Carlo Curley
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Real co-operation - page turning
Real co-operation - page turning
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This brings me to the organs for the 'Duelling Organs' show.

The Worthing WurliTzer has evolved into a superb instrument over several years, and it suits its surroundings extremely well. On the day it performed flawlessly as we have come to expect. This is an organ that is becoming almost impossible to improve upon, apart from parts of it that we don't hear at present, such as the Conacher Vibraphone which is in need of restoration before it is comissioned. Jim Buckland and Tim Moody must be very proud of their achievements. Remember folks, these labours are voluntary. Your entrance money pays for the venue, the artistes and raw materials for the organ. Once again, please support it whenever possible.

Carlo's touring Allen Organ also performed well, despite there not being much time to install and tonally finish it. This did show slightly in that over all the instrument was a bit on the shrill side. Nevertheless the Allen performed well on the day, and is a credit to the Allen Company for creating an electronic instrument that not only looks good, but is versatile and reliable. A worthy 'adversary' for the Worthing WurliTzer. Perhaps the way to support the Allen Company is to recommend to all of your rich friends that they immediately order one or two Allen instruments to grace their home!

It was also quite noticeable that the 'Duelling Organs Show' was sponsored this year by none other than Manhattan Furniture, based in nearby Lancing, who of course make the finest kitchens in the country! There hasn't been talk of a repeat performance - yet! However I feel sure that its promoters and sponsors, having found such a winning combination, will want to exploit it to the full, which can only be an advantage for those of us who like to hear the finest music played on superb instruments, by the finest artistes in the world. See ALL of you folks at the next performance?!

Hey pal, you've lost some weight!
Hey pal, you've lost some weight!
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I told you we could do it!
I told you we could do it!
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Put it here pal
Put it there pal.
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Lyn Larsen, Jim Buckland, Simon Gledhill


Lyn Larsen, Jim Buckland, Simon Gledhill
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