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Wednesday January 31, 2018

OUT & ABOUT

The Cruars and Carmichael families enjoying the sun

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Atlas Monge, 3, and Camille Arthur, 2, enjoying the sunshine

The Jackson family listening to the music

OUT& about Blues in the Bay PHOTOS: Dan Taylor

By Michele and Dan Taylor

The sultry late afternoon heat of Days Bay saw Laura Collins and her Back Porch Blues Band take to the stage last Sunday at the Days Bay Pavilion.

Backed by Wayne Mason on keyboards and vocals, John O’Connor on lead guitar, George Barris on upright bass and Peter Cogswell on drums, Laura turned up the heat with her soulful vocals, while the audience grooved to a mixture

of covers and some of the groups own songs. Pavilion owner, Angus Osborne, estimated the crowd to be in excess of 250, many of whom took the opportunity to picnic on the lawn, while others boogied in the marquee.

The Va’a family cooking up some sausages

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Independent Herald 31-01-18  

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Independent Herald 31-01-18  

Independent Herald 31-01-18