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' •" - The announcement that" this alevef party of musicians were to give one of 'heir entertainment!, bad . the effeofc of drawing a very forge audlenoe to the Oddfellows' Hall last evening. Thi htll wn orowded in every part and several people had to be aocomodated with seats on the etage. The entertainment opened with the part oong "The Belli" by the company. This in the hands of the Payna family wai a truly wonderful piece of vooallsattoo, and it showed the extra* ordinary eflaot of which the human vofoe U capable. The part singing throughout the concert was simply pevreetlod, asd in " The old year Is Dying" and the slave melody •• Steal away to Jesus" tbo listeners were nfforded a rare treat The young 1' dy members of the family are all skilful Instrumentalists, and they contributed several very pleasing perform** noose on the violin. Miss L'ta'e, the eldest, played "The LMt.Rose of JSummer 1 wbloh was warmly enoored. The "B'uebells of Sootland " by Mlsi M^ud waa likewise enoored, and la response she played the " Mocking Bird" a very olevsr piece of Instrumentation whloh was enthnslastloally received. A dnet from " Norma " by Misses I/rate and Maud, and a trio {by Miss L'wle, Mand and Nellie were capital performances, and the audience wai not satisfied until redemands bad been reiponded to. The young ladles are tilented vootllsts. and the nnmbara allotted to them wevs finished renditions. Mlos Ntllfe sang the "Oaokoo '* the trilling notes being capitally rendered. Miss Lleele inuor "Waiting,* add Miss Mand "The Flower Girl;" a patrlotlo pleoe, both Items being redeman iedV The trio, "Three little maids from sohool," quite brought down the house, and the audlenoe would not be dented in thels demand for a repetition. Mr Ralph Steelo, who possesses a well trained baritone voloe, gave a oapltal rendition of "Queen of the Karth." There was plenty of tbe humorous element In the programme and the "sobbing" and "aneezlog" songs, and an Item by Mr Steele, entitled "Yawning." whloh wert given fn Inimitable style, kept tbe aadlenoe in convulsions of laughter. A oat daet— we think It was called— by Messrs' Steele and W. J. Payne, Introduced speolally for the delectation of the juvenile portion of the aadleooe, ezolted the risibility of most of the older people too, and youog and old alike roared heartily. At the conclusion Mr Payne annouuoed that In all likelihood the party will give another entertainment In three or four weeks hence, and should they do so wa wonid stroDgly advise all who were not present last night not to miss tbe opportunity afforded of listening to this talented anil olever oompanv.

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THE PAYNE FAMILY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2143, 5 June 1889

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THE PAYNE FAMILY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2143, 5 June 1889