Willowood Aged Care Centre, Chatswood, 31 January 2014

I was very excited to be doing this concert, as my great-aunt, Bonnie Baird, is a resident at this facility in Chatswood. It was also my first ‘solo’ gig with a backing track for some songs and my trusty ukulele for others. Carmen, Cherubino and Dorabella made a turn, along with Ave Maria, and then I used the ukulele for some old-time favourites and a singalong, including Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major and We’ll Meet Again. Once again, a huge success! Had a lovely chat with residents both before and after, and an impromptu singalong to ‘Molly Malone’ (put that one in the memory banks for next time!) Bonnie didn’t remember me, but when I told her I was her great-niece she was very happy to hear and said ‘Well, how about that!’ It’s a lovely little facility, small but quite beautifully kept, and the staff expressed their gratitude for the concert, too: “The residents all thought you were great and they’re still talking about it. Thank you so much!”