SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCE
WITH DEAN DOYLE
After 30 wonderful years of performing at the weekly Ballina RSL Social Ballroom Dance, Jim Fairful is retiring. We all wish him well in his retirement from the stage.
Dean Doyle is honoured to continue on from Jim’s great work. Dean is joined by Jim’s alternating keyboard players Judy Johnston and Glen Shepherd.
Dancers of all levels are welcome to attend. Social dancing is danced for enjoyment, socialization, recreation and health.
Social Ballroom Dancing is partner dancing that is informal, relaxed, and danced for the enjoyment of both partners.
Held on Wednesday evenings with some exceptions due to venue availability.
Dance: 7.30 – 10.45
Entry: $5 weekly dance only
Special events – tickets sold separately
NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29
DECEMBER 6, 13 (Christmas Ball), 20
Much loved local Singer Jim Fairfull retires at 80yrs
Jim’s singing career began as a result of him entering a talent quest in 1959. The event lead to Jim being hired by Ross Pepper of McNiffs Orchestra.
His is first paid gig was a Ball at Bonalbo hall that year.
Jim had a dream though – and that was to work with the Stan Chilcott Big Band at the Riveria Dance hall. His dream came true in 1961. Jim remained with Stan until the ‘Riv’ closed in 1964.
Jim worked with many musos’ over the following year, finally settling with frank Williams, Les, Tom & Rex Wilson. They played at Ballina RSL Club from 1965 to 1972. The band was known as ‘The Pacific Jazzmen’
The Pacific Jazzmen played two nights per week at the Lismore and District Workers Club. Once again Jim worked with a variety of bands and Muso’s until he settled with Dulsie Simpkins and Roger Munsie. The trio performed weekly at Ballina RSL Club from 1987. Although Roger and Dulsie moved on, Jim remained at Ballina RSL with different keyboard players until August 24, 2016 after much celebrating of his 80th birthday.
Jim also played weekly dances at the Italo Club for over 20 years and has performed for Parties, Weddings and many Charity events.
Jim always gave 100% to every gig – we wish him well…
‘If anyone is born with a ‘God Given Gift’, that can be used to make people happy, you could want no more out of Life’
Thanks for the memories Jim…
History of the Ballina RSL Social Ballroom Dance
The year 1965, Jim was vocalist for a six piece band “PACIFIC JAZZMEN “ The Jazzmen were offered the job as resident band for Ballina R.S.L Club’. They played each Saturday night, plus any Friday night balls.
After approximately 12 months the band increased to 7 players. At the time of LES SCHREIBER who was then Club General Manager.
The Jazzmen decided to take up Residency at Lismore Workers Club in September 1972. The band roles included backing weekly guest artists to ‘sold out’ shows.
Many changes in the Club’s schedules plus costs saw the band gradually break up in the eighties.
Jim had started a trio ‘CABARET TRIO’. They commenced playing for the now current weekly dance 15th November 1987.
The band were engaged by the Board of Directors to provide a weekly dance for members. Mr. Lew Atkinson and another director were supervising the dance, but it became too much for them, especially as dance styles were changing.
The Club approached the band to coordinate the dance for the venue – they accepted the challenge.
Jim is the only one still from the trio. Dulcie Simpkins retired after about nine years, Roger Munsie, after ten years.
Jim continued working alternately with keyboard players JUDY JOHNSTON & GLEN SHEPHERD.
So in a tally Jim has been performing at the Ballina RSL Club
1965 to 1972 7 years
1987 to August 2016 29 years
Total of years weekly @ BRSL 36 years
Dean Doyle is the vocalist, trombonist and trumpet player for the social ballroom dancing 7.30pm every Wednesday night at the Ballina Rsl Club. Dean is joined by a two fabulous keyboard players on alternating weeks, Glen Shepherd and Judy Johnston. Both players have distinct styles creating wonderful dance music that really entertains.
Dean Doyle started his musical career in his early teens singing and playing drums in and old time family dance band in dance halls around Gympie in Queensland.
In 1987, Dean auditioned and was accepted as a trombone player (and later vocalist) in the Australian Army Band. During Dean’s stint in the Army Band highlights included: travelling to Gallipoli for the 75th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, playing and singing at the Novia Scotia Tattoo in Canada, and two amazing trips to Papua New Guinea, the first for the celebration of New Guinea’s independence and the second as part of the Australian contingent commemorating Victory in the Pacific (VP50). In 1992, Dean was also a finalist on Bert Newton’s New Faces.
Dean transferred to RAAF Central Band Melbourne in 1996 as their fulltime male vocalist and trombonist. Highlights included a trip to South Korea and the RAAF 75th Anniversary Concert in Melbourne.
In 2000, Dean went part time in the RAAF band and began a five year classical voice and teaching double degree at Melbourne University.
In 2006, after graduating Dean and his family settled in Ballina, where he has taught classroom music and has tutored both brass and voice students.
Over the last 10 years Dean has appeared in local productions of Les Miserable, Chess and Miss Saigon with the Ballina Players, and in Guys and Dolls, Smoky Joe’s Café, Pirates of Penzance, Breaking Up is Hard To Do and My Way with the SUPA North Theatre Company. Dean also had a five year stint with the Northern Rivers Big Band.
Dean’s main musical focus over the last 10 years has been performing the popular Morning Melodies and Sunday Sessions with his fabulous trio, Dean Doyle with Sophistication. With Dean’s best mates Paul Belsham (drums) and Narelle Harris (piano, piano accordion and vocals), the trio has gone from strength to strength.
Judy was taught piano as a child and lucky to inherit her fathers ‘good ear’ for music.
Judy started playing for Weddings in the early 1960’s. Later that decade she played piano with (her then husband) who was a drummer.
The 1970’s were a wonderful time for Judy. She had a 5 piece band and worked alongside some great muso’s. Judy played at Evans Head RSL, Casino RSM and Casino Bowling Club until 1985.
In 1986 Judy worked solo for a time before joining a trio. She then started working with Jim Fairfull and has remained with Jim for the past 26 years. They have been together working the Italo Club and Functions and Parties at Ballina RSL Club.
Judy still enjoys playing at the weekly Social Ballroom Dance and will continue on supporting Dean Doyle
Glen Shepherd was a secondary science teacher during his working life. Music has been a passion for most of his life performing in bands from the age of 14.
Glen has played dance music at Ballina RSL for 22 years. He has also performed with the Summerland Jazz Band, the Northern Rivers Big Band, the Well Swung Daddies and currently 15 years with the Gold Coast’s Downbeat Jazz Band. Glen also occasionally exercises his vocal chords and is often accompanied by his wife,Thea, with vocals.