ANNE Evans and Dick Lee swept us swiftly into the year 1947 when entertaining Hawick Music Club last month.

This was the era of swing and the year of Benny Goodman’s Tattletale.

Anne on piano and Dick on clarinet played this with great gusto and we were informed afterwards that for a man who was known for such up beat music he was rather a grumpy individual.

The pace slowed a little for Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer.

“For rag is never to be played fast,” according to the man himself.

This music composed in 1902 was later discovered by the director of the Sting who heard it being played by his son one day, a film that won an Oscar for its musical song score.

Music by Claude Debussy followed-a sandwich of Le Petit Negre; Syrinx; Gollywogs cakewalk.

Syrinx was very atmospheric-the lights went out and Anne’s flute could be heard imitating the Greek God Pan playing the reeds from Greek Mythology.

The versatile Anne played Rosemary by Frank Bridge on piano next-quite beautifully-this surely must have been a piece about the love of his life.

Dick then brought out the bass clarinet and introduced his own compositions - Pontefiore and Tarantella.

Pontefiore was composed for a stage production set in the South of Italy in which a Private Angelo finds a little peace amongst the conflict of war.

Tarantella is a 6/8 time dance which victims dance when bitten by a tarantula!

Then it was time for the interval and for Anne and Dick to enjoy a well earned brew.

After the tea break the audience were introduced to the saxophone and it was explained that it was invented by Adolf Sax and fully intended to be a very loud marching band instrument.

Peqena Czarda by Pedro Iturralde showcased the saxophone wonderfully with its hints of Spanish Tango. Lover Man - a sultry nocturne followed made famous by pianist and composer Ram Ramirez.

Then it was time for another of Dicks own compositions on the bass clarinet.

In Blues for Jimmy the scene was set in the deep South of America from around 1902 with the deep tones of the bass clarinet echoing the African American blues.

A tongue in cheek Stranger on the Shore came next complete with seagulls. Acker Bilk originally composed it as a lullaby for his daughter before being tempted commercially to change its name.

My personal highlight of the evening was Lady be Good by George Gershwin - Anne on piano and Dick on clarinet played with verve and swing.

Body and Soul by Green and made famous by Colman Hawkins was just that! Jumpin’ at the Woodside by Count Basie did indeed jump!

The final treat of the evening was Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther.

Dick wondered whether there was any need for him to work again after composing this particular piece.

Next month's concert is on Sunday, November 18 at 2.30 pm. Tickets are £10 and under 18s are free.