Annual Talent Show

The Three Nice Guys Quartet also included Jim Degnan (right) in close barbershop harmony.

The Three Nice Guys Quartet also included Jim Degnan (right) in close barbershop harmony.

Phil Faulkner lead the crowd in singing traditional Irish songs.

Phil Faulkner lead the crowd in singing traditional Irish songs.

More than 115 attended the annual Talent Show – always one of the most popular events of the year – Feb. 10 at Sherlock’s Bakers St. Pub in Addison.

Harry Rhodes played three different harmonicas, including one a scant inch long.

Harry Rhodes played three different harmonicas, including one a scant inch long.

They were entertained by dancers, singers, musicians and others, with more than a dozen acts taking the stage. Party planner Sue Faulkner brought together a diverse group of performers for this 31st edition of the talent show, while her cohorts Jim and Toni Degnan provided technical support for the performers. Members of Jim’s Kings of Swing band became the temporary Degnan’s Irish Dixieland Band just for the talent show.

Vice President Sheila Balagna read from a children’s book.

Vice President Sheila Balagna read from a children’s book.

Performers included:

  • Paul Delahunty lead singing of the American National Anthem and Tony Murphy sang the Irish National Anthem in Gaelic.
  • Youngsters Kathleen and Meghan Dobrott and their friends Phoebe and Page Aleman started the event going with a creative step-dance version of the gangnam style dance ditty recently made popular by Korean entertainer Psy.
  • Harry Rhodes amazed the audience playing three different sizes of harmonicas, including a miniscule one just about an inch long.
  • Abby McGill and Fiona Womack did step-dancing. Although she has only had a few lessons, Fiona did a fine job keeping up with Abby, a seasoned dancer.
  • Leslie McDonough, her sister Valerie and Kincaid Stringer also step-danced. Leslie recently returned from a year dancing with an offshoot of the wildly popular Riverdance.
  • Don Daniel both played in the band and sang for the crowd.
  • Degnan joined the Three Nice Guys, members of his Dixieland band, as a barbershop quartet
  • Phil Faulkner led the group in Irish singing.
  • Jack Padian entertained with his accordion.
  • Paul Delahunty sang several Irish ballads.
  • Don and Rebecca Casey, members of the Dallas police bagpipe band and the Caledonian Bagpipe Band, played bagpipe and drums.
  • Class Act Dancers, the tap dance troupe to which member Mary Dowling has belonged for years, did several dances with a Roaring 20s theme. Unfortunately, Mary was under the weather and unable to join them.
  • Vice President Sheila Balagna read from a children’s book.
  • A number of members spontaneously assembled their kazoo band for some songs.
  • Patricia Dillingham did a hilarious pantomime to a Patsy Cline song.
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From Left: Kathleen/Meghan Dobrott & Phoebe/Page Aleman

Class Act Dancers did several spirited routines from the Roaring 20s. IAS member Mary Dowling, a long-time performer with the group, wasn’t able to join them this year.

Class Act Dancers did several spirited routines from the Roaring 20s. IAS member Mary Dowling, a long-time performer with the group, wasn’t able to join them this year.

Jim and Toni Degnan handled technical requirements for the talent show, including recruiting musicians for Degnan’s temporary Irish Dixieland Band. Band members, all part of the Kings of Swing, sang, played and joked throughout the event.

Jim and Toni Degnan handled technical requirements for the talent show, including recruiting musicians for Degnan’s temporary Irish Dixieland Band. Band members, all part of the Kings of Swing, sang, played and joked throughout the event.

Treasurer Evelyn Frazier, Membership Director Patti Winston and President RIchard Welch watch while Shirley Kelly sells John O’Neill a raffle ticket.

Treasurer Evelyn Frazier, Membership Director Patti Winston and President RIchard Welch watch while Shirley Kelly sells John O’Neill a raffle ticket.

 

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