AN EARLY morning concert at Mumbulla School on Tuesday by Totally Gourdgeous certainly woke up any pupils still feeling sleepy.
Totally Gourdgeous are Penelope Swale (guitar), Carl Pannuzzo (drums), Mal Webb (bass/mbira/bugle) and Andrew Clermont (violin/mandolin/guitar).
The group plays instruments hand-made by Ms Swale out of dried gourds including guitars, bass, mandolin, drums and violins.
An extremely talented group of musicians, Totally Gourdgeous had the children captivated for almost an hour as they ran through a repertoire of original songs that showcased not only the unusual instruments, but their fantastic singing.
While Mr Pannuzzo claimed the pupils “were almost more colourful than we are”, with their giant felted hats, caftans and rainbow-hued pants that wasn’t quite true.
The highlight was an original called My Bike with a chorus that Mr Webb did in German, Maori, an Aboriginal dialect with added didgeridoo sounds made with his own vocalisation, an operatic-style and finally in Auslan sign language.
The morning's concert ended with a conga line over 100 children long after Totally Gourdgeous asked the pupils to get up and dance.
Clearly skilled at engaging with children, the group also held an instrumental workshop for Class Five later that day.
Class Six, currently on their end of year Sydney excursion, will no doubt be disappointed to learn they missed out on such a cracking show.
Tuesday’s performance was a preview for the full concert Totally Gourdgeous will be holding on Friday night for the public at Mumbulla School’s Susan Haris Hall from 6pm.
Tickets are $25 for adults ($20 concession), $5 for 13 to 18-year-olds and under 12s are free if accompanied by an adult.