This group has approximately 540 members. The first meeting was in July 2011 and we rapidly became very successful with a core of enthusiasts quickly forming a small band. Over the following years and despite many changes in the line-up, the band has grown both in numbers and in the level and quality of performance. It now plays on a monthly basis at the Café del Mar to a regular following of around 100 members.
The Golden Oldies Music Group consists of two ‘sub-groups’.
The Band (now known as U3A) and The Groupies (the audience).
The Band (U3A) has ten members including drummer, bass player, saxophonist (also a vocalist and guitarist), lead guitar and rhythm guitar, keyboard, harmonica, and two vocalists. U3A band practices Monday afternoons at the Don Quixote bar near the Paichi garden centre between 2 and 5pm. Members are very welcome to come along to listen to our rehearsals. At the present time U3A has a full complement of players but anyone who is a musician and is interested in playing with the band should contact the Group Leader.
For our first major public appearance U3A band was invited by the Lions Club of Moraira to open their Summer Music Festival with a full evening’s performance by the castle one Sunday evening in June 2015 and once again in June 2016. They were very successful evenings with more than €2,000 raised for Lions Club charities. The members of the band were delighted that their first public performances were such a success, and are looking forward to supporting the Lions again this year on 25th June. Other very successful and enjoyable performances have been at both the Benitatchell and Javea Bowls Clubs dinner dances when more was raised for charities.
The Groupies This is the affectionate name for the members who form our very enthusiastic and loyal audience.
The Music Nights are usually held approximately every six weeks and usually attract more than 100 members. They consist of a wide variety of blues, some jazz and lots of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s music played by the band. Music Nights are usually ‘sold out’ with a reserves list within hours of being announced.
We started our Music Nights at the Ifach Golf Club bar and enjoyed some wonderful evenings there. As we grew we eventually moved to the larger Cafe del Mar, then the Los Limoneros Hotel followed by the Les Fouges restaurant and now we have moved to Saxo which is a very well known venue for music. The Music Nights are now usually held on a Thursday late afternoon from approximately 6pm to 8pm during summer months outdoors and later in the evening indoors during the cooler evenings.
Anyone interested in joining us to attend a Music Night as a member of the audience or as a performer please send the Group Leader a message using the form below.
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Moraira U3A band performs concerts at Cafe del Mar usually to maximum possible attendances. This venue allows better visibility to more people and the new sound and lighting systems provided with U3A money really proved their worth.
Ian Mair - Guitar, vocals and musical director
From Dumbarton, Scotland - Studied music from 1959 and passed several Royal Schools of Music exams in both piano and musical theory. Played guitar and bass guitar in a number of bands in the 60's with…
Moraira U3A band performs concerts at Cafe del Mar usually to maximum possible attendances. This venue allows better visibility to more people and the new sound and lighting systems provided with U3A money really proved their worth. Dates…
Ian Mair - Guitar, vocals and musical director From Dumbarton, Scotland - Studied music from 1959 and passed several Royal Schools of Music exams in both piano and musical theory. Played guitar and bass guitar in a number of bands in the 60's with…
First performance 20 February 2012
Second performance: 26 April 2012
24th May 2013 gig at new venue: Café Del Mar, L’Andragó centre, Moraira
Photographs by Jan Adams