AbbaMania here for a concert

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Friday, April 26, 2013


THANK Abba for the music, we now have a reason to dance, jive, and have the time of our lives.

AbbaMania, touted as "the original Abba tribute" band, is set for another record breaking show at SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier on April 27.

Shows in Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod and Manila were all sold out. A repeat at Resorts World will be on April 29.

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The Philippine tour features Ross Taberner as Bjorn, Nyree Burt as Ann-Frid or Frida, Steven Henry Scott as Benny and Ewa Scott as Agnetha. They will be backed up by vocalists Maireed Susan McBride and Elaine Gray, bass guitarist Scott Robertson Clark and drummer Scott (Reverend of Rhythm) Burrel.

Ewa Scott is a Polish-born, classically trained vocalist. A vocal tutor herself, Scott has studied piano and violin.

Burt began performing with Abbamania in 2004 and has sung in a Celine Dion tribute show. Taberner doubles as Abbamania’s lead guitarist and is a music degree holder. When not performing, he teaches guitar and drums and writes music reviews for Scottish magazines.

Gray has appeared in several musicals as Julie in Carousel, Princess Tai Lu in Aladdin and the mistress in Evita. Burrel has 20 years of drumming experience from marching snare training, a session musician, he has performed in sold-out concerts with Abbamania in Europe.

Pinoy music lovers are still head-over-heels and smitten with the music of 70's legendary pop-vocal group Abba as evidenced by their full packed shows all over the Philippines.

Playlist favorites include “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita,” “Fernando,” “Mama Mia,” “I have A Dream” “The Winner Takes It All” “Take A Chance On Me” and people don’t get tired hearing Abba songs.

Abba topped the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982, making them one of the most successful Swedish pop groups, and one of the most influential artists in music history. ABBA is the first pop group from a non-English-speaking country, to have consistently achieved chart success in English-speaking countries.

In 1999, Abba's string of hit songs were adapted into a successful musical theatre production and made into a movie, entitled “Mama Mia!”. The theatre production has had a long successful run and the film was a certified box-office hit.

Abba may have long gone on their own separate ways, but yes, you can bask in the nostalgia and re-live all these super spectacular ABBA music and magic moments through AbbaMania. They’re ‘the-next-best-thing-to-watching-the real-Abba-perform-together-again’; widely regarded as one of “Europe’s Premier Abba tribute Bands”.

Formed in 1998, AbbaMania has enthralled audiences of different generations all around the world, and now the Philippines with almost 2 hours dazzling energy and close-to-perfect Abba-style showmanship.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 26, 2013.

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