The first in the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival’s series of ‘Jazz at the Vic’ gigs was held on Sunday, September 28, and welcomed a very familiar and popular band back to the island.
Penman’s Jazzmen’s varied and eclectic programme was a big hit among the audience of the Victoria Hotel, with fingertips and toes tapping along in equal measure and in perfect tempo.
Making up the band were Bill Mullen on drums, John Sinton on double bass, Harald Vox on banjo, Dave Fimister on trumpet, Duncan Nairn on clarinet and one of the band’s founding members, George Kidd, on trombone.
The performance was an extra special one as it was taking place on Dave’s 80th birthday, causing the trumpeter to remark “I don’t feel a day over 79!”. Concert-goers took delight in singing Happy Birthday to Dave, and the band marked the occasion by dedicating the song “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”.
In addition to having musical talent in spades, the audience were left chuckling with some witty banter from Duncan, and his vocal performance of ‘Nagasaki’ - complete with comic lyrics and tongue twisters - received, rightfully so, loud applause and cheers.
* Click on the video above for a couple of short clips taken at Sunday’s concert.