After work on Saturday I drove about an hour to French Farm Winery on the opposite side of the Akaroa Harbour from Akaroa.
View of the harbour
I arrived after 6pm to see Fiona and her band warming up. Only two band members were present tonight with Mike Ferrar on guitar and Peter Fleming on Double Bass. At 6:30pm we got a glass of Champagne and some entrees to eat.
View of the Winery venue
About 7pm Fiona and the band started playing to a small audience of 25 seated around tables. I had a table right next to the stage. I was only about 2m from Fiona i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif.
Set list for the first half was :
Tchavolo Swing Memories
Tangissimo Danse Norwegian which was a duet with Mike
Sweet Georgia Brown House By the Harbour Jealousie
Then we had the main course of the meal. I had Pork Belly with stir fried veges and Garlic mash, very yummy.
Then Fiona came on for the second half
My Pal the Gypsy By The Moonlight which was a new song a Jazz ballad conceived while Fiona was sitting outside in the cold one day
Swing Driven Thing Autumn Leaves Cinema Paradiso Memories Of Martin and Mary
The encore was Dark Eyes
The audience gave the band a standing ovation.
Then I had for dessert a sticky toffee pudding with ice cream.
I congratulated Fiona for a great concert. She said she loved doing these small intimate concerts.