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Sean Kemp, who has played in various local bands and continues to perform around town with Surviving Sharks, has announced that the launch of his debut solo offering will be at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 15 April (which just happens to be his birthday) with special guests Bullfight.
another venue entirely, pop rockers Fritz Dolly are to be joined by The Young & The Wrestlers for a free entry musical affair from 9pm on Friday 9 March at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide.
THE RED SKULL The Red Skull will be presenting a Big Night Out when they take to the stage of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 March to pay tribute to Big Day Out bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers as THE HARD ACHES well as a special set showcasing the best of the Aussie BDO bands such as Powderfinger, Grinspoon and, of course, The Living End.
MUSIC AT THE SPRINGS Music At The Springs will be taking place from high noon until THE MEMPHIS SUNS 4pm on Sunday 25 February at Magpie Springs Winery, 1870 Brookman Rd, Hope Forest, and will feature performances from Susan Lily, Jimmy Bay and Jeremiah Johnson with tickets selling fast via Eventbrite. JOE MAN MURPHY Happy days are here for Joe
Punk rockers The Toss, who recently topped Three D Radio’s Top 20 + 1 Chart with Full Support Of The Board and who sold out of the CD at a recent gig, will be quickly getting more made up to stock at Clarity Records and Mr V Music and also for when they toss themselves into Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Friday 2 March alongside The Pro-Tools and Soberphobia.
Mixed Creative, 32 Nile St, Pt Adelaide, will be playing host to a free entry show from rockabilly band The Memphis Suns and Orangutang as part of The Pork Rocks from 5pm on Sunday 25 February. SATISFACTION – THE STONES SHOW
EDITOR: Robert Dunstan CONTRIBUTORS: Mad Dog Bradley, I.C.T. Messenger, David Robinson LAYOUT: I.C.T. Messenger, COVER: Charlotte Padbury
IN IN THIS ISSUE THIS ISSUE 02 > AROUND THE TRAPS 07 > COLD CHISEL 11 > NAZEEM HUSSAIN 14 > FIELD, SEE & MASON 18 > AROUND THE TRAPS CONTINUED 26 > ADELAIDE FRINGE 36 > ROSS WILSON & THE PEACENIKS 36 > THE BREWSTER BROTHERS
The Hard Aches have announced a huge national tour to celebrate the release of new album, Mess, and in their hometown they will be making a mess at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 21 April with special guests Antonia & The Lazy Susans and Sincerely, Grizzly with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ASHES TO ASHES
42 > KINGS & ASSOCIATES 46 > TOUR GUIDE 48 > CINEPHILE 49 > SUSAN LILY 50 > HEADING TO TOWN 55 > TARA CARRAGHER 56 > THE PORT ROCKS 61 > CHAD MORGAN 67 > SATISFACTION
Man Murphy as he has just announced an absolutely huge national tour for his new solo album, Happy Days, which kicks off at Blenheim Music & Camping Festival on Saturday 30 March and includes a stop at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 4 May – May the fourth be with you Joe. FRITZ DOLLY Following the hugely successful launch of their debut EP at
72 > GUY MASTERSON The long-running Satisfaction – The Stones Show are heading up to Wallaroo Town Hall on Saturday 3 March for a benefit show for Copper Coast & District Support Group and Royal Flying Doctor Service for a BYO food and drinks affair with no less than Don Morrison as special guest and with tickets via Trybooking or by calling 0417 826 524 or 0437 724 473.
Ashes to Ashes (The David Bowie Experience) will be making its way to Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, SA, from 7pm on Friday 18 May for a
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about the album Ruby, the second release by Don’s new project, Catfish, and as Cold Chisel was then no longer a going concern, had asked Don about his ‘disentanglement’ from the band which had ended a bit acrimoniously.
He took a long, slow draw on his cigar and then smiled and said, ‘Disentanglement from Cold Chisel. I like that’.
cold chisel COLD CHISEL By Robert Dunstan Cold Chisel are making a return to their hometown for the first time in three years to play Adelaide 500 alongside Kasey Chambers and Bad/ Dreems – still on a high from supporting Midnight Oil last year – as well as Music SA’s Bands On Track artists Hana & Jessie Lee and Donnarumma. If memory serves me correct, and it often doesn’t, this writer first saw Cold Chisel play on Sunday 19 January in 1975 at Hindley St venue Countdown where they had opened for local rock soul band James Wright. A friend, the late Steve Benger, was working for James Wright as a roadie and sound engineer and had invited me along for the ride.
As I remember it – and hey, it was over 43 years ago now – we first had to pick up Don Walker and his trusty piano from a rehearsal space somewhere on Port Rd – I think it was church at Woodville. From memory, Don sound-checked with the band on a number of original songs, which I thought were great, but may or may not have played with Chisel later than evening when they presented mostly cover songs from the likes of Free, Deep Purple and more.
Tub thumper Steve Prestwich left the band the following day to be replaced by James Wright’s drummer, John Swan (Jim Barnes’ brother), according to Michael Lawrence’s
comprehensive 2012 book Cold Chisel: Wild Colonial Boys. Steve, of course, would later rejoin.
I was to see the band a number of times over the ensuing years and retain fond memories of some kind of Sunday afternoon residency Cold Chisel had at the Largs Pier Hotel that usually included some half-time entertainment from some strippers. I also recall the band getting into some strife with Three D Radio (then known as Triple M) for using strippers at a show they did for the community station. I also saw Cold Chisel support American band Little Feat at Festival Theatre (12 June, 1975) but not long after they took off to Sydney to seek fame and fortune. Armed with a self-title debut album, they returned ‘home’ to make a triumphant return to the Marryatville Hotel where they played two shows (21 and 22 April, 1978) to an enthusiastic and very welcoming crowd. The rest, as they say, is history as Cold Chisel went on to become one of Australia’s most popular pub bands mainly due to their energetic live shows and the songwriting abilities of the band members, notably Don Walker.
As a music journalist, I have done many interviews with various members of Cold Chisel over the years but one that especially stands out is a face to face interview I once did with Don Walker at the offices of Warner Music somewhere on South Tce. The 1991 interview was essentially
I also recall undertaking a face to face interview with Jimmy Barnes over a long lunch at a Rundle St café some years ago. His partner, Jane, was there too but had politely spent much of the time engaging herself playing Suduko and had just let Jimmy and I get on with the matter at hand.
Maybe it was the wine we had over lunch, but I do recall telling Jimmy of the first time I saw Cold Chisel back in 1975 and how, later that evening, I’d had a bit of an accident. Following the gig, there was a BBQ and for some reason lighting engineer Chris Loft and I had chosen to take our sausages up into the lighting booth in the venue’s roof. Making our way back down to the party, I took a misstep and went crashing through the roof into the female toilets. There were screams from the ladies present and the unfortunate incident was made worse by the fact that I still had my sausage in my hand. Jane suddenly looked up from her game of Sudoko and said, ‘Ha, what a funny story’.
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well, cast well, direct well, write music, pauses and breaks – so I think it is a lot trickier to make something funny on TV but when it works the pay-off is much better.
“But personally for me as a comedian the real joy is doing stand up on stage in front of an audience when you get that immediate, direct feedback. In television you can’t really see the audience’s reactions, you just hope people are laughing. You know, you’re making comedy for a larger audience but you never really have the joy of watching them laughing at your work.
nazeem hussain Nazeem Hussain by I.C.T. Messenger Nazeem Hussain’s career is going stellar and now is one of those dudes who has the street-cred of being ‘that dude on TV’. Presented by Live Nation he is coming to the Adelaide Fringe Festival with his show No Pain No Hussain which will be a treat for his many Adelaide fans and for all those who love intelligent, nongimmicky and conversationalstyle stand up. BSide Magazine had a relaxed and easygoing chat to this star of Legally Brown, US television show Bill Nye Saves the World, and his 2017 sell out show Public Frenemy. As he is adept at both, I asked Nazeem if there is a difference in writing for stand up as opposed to writing for television. “Yeah absolutely,” says Nazeem, “writing for stand up it’s just you on stage, obviously, and you can be a little bit more unfiltered, you don’t have to think about the time slot you are on, there’s no production restrictions, you’re not tied to a particular location; you can say all sorts of things but yeah you are only painting a picture with your words. “Whereas in television it can often be much trickier. To even write just a two or three minute sketch you spend hours and hours and hours and days writing it because you got to think about music, cast, characters in there,” explains Nazeem. “You know there’s a lot more moving parts and I think to make something funny on TV you need to edit
“Stand up for me you can edit as you go, you’re on your toes more,” says Nazeem. “It’s a conversation more than it is a polished piece of work. For me, that’s how I do my stand up. Something that you adapt each night.”
way as you, and it’s empowering. For me it’s so much fun, it’s very cathartic.”
Nazeem studied law and science at university and worked in a big tax consulting firm while he was gaining traction as a comedian. Not so anymore but in those early days his work as a comedian had a touch of the clandestine. “It was bit of a double life back then. I was doing comedy and tax. Yeah it was weird,” laughs Nazeem, “running between the office and literally taking the suit off as I was approaching the venue and then to jump on stage and stuff. Yeah it was a fun life.
“But personally for me as a comedian the real joy is doing stand up on stage in front of an audience when you get that immediate, direct feedback. In television you can’t really see the audience’s reactions, you just hope people are laughing.”
“I used to do Triple J whilst I was at work. So I remember I’d like finish a video call then run down the street to the ABC studios South Bank and get on Triple J and my colleagues would hear me while they were at work and they were like ‘is that Nazeem on radio?’ and someone would cover me and say ‘nah it can’t be him, he was just in a meeting’ and someone else would be like ‘nah it’s him, he’s live because they’re taking callers, it’s gotta be live’ and I’d get busted a few times.”
Comedy is a great way to deal with the endless river of shite in life, just ask Mel Gibson regarding his cheap one-liners after he blasts some dude in Lethal Weapon franchise. However Nazeem’s comedy “I always had perception often hits on race relations, problems in the office,” and I wondered if comedy remembers Nazeem. “There was something he turned to was a perception that I didn’t in his childhood to deal with the problems care as much about tax work as I did about of being a Sri Lankan kid in Australia. comedy, and that perception was not necessarily wrong, but I was constantly “Yeah I think comedy was a way for me having to prove that I loved tax more than when growing up to deal with all sorts of comedy.” things that annoyed me in life, whether it was racism or bullying or whatever it was. Presented by Live Nation, Even now when things frustrate me or I can’t really explain things or I’m confused comic Nazeem Hussain by something around me, I think being is presenting No Pain, No able to make a joke about it is how I deal Hussain as part of Adelaide with my problems. “Even if I’ve started arguing with my wife she might find that I’ve suddenly become really sarcastic and I think that’s when she knows I’m really upset,” laughs Nazeem. “So yeah on stage I think it’s a great outlet for me, you know, to just vent to a roomful of people who already agree with me.” “Some people say ‘oh that’s preaching to the converted’ but everyone preaches to the converted. Why is there any joy speaking to people who don’t share your perceptions or can’t relate to the ideas you’re presenting. People read the news they want to read, listen to the music they want to listen to, so yeah I think there’s nothing wrong with that. “You go to a protest, you know, you go to a rally full of people who think the same
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later became Greg Quill’s Country Radio. While in Canada, Sam also played with rock orchestra Lighthouse before returning to Australia and joining Adelaide band Fraternity who soon took off to the UK with him in tow.
FIELD, SEE & MASON By Robert Dunstan “Oh, so you were that person who bought it,” Sam See of the band Field, See & Mason jokes when I tell him I have a copy of Endless Love, a maxisingle on seven-inch vinyl released in 1979 by Stockley, See & Mason. Sam, who was in town to promote an Adelaide Fringe show at The German Club that Field, See & Mason have coming up under the name Down Under The Covers, has flown under the radar somewhat as he has enjoyed a long and eventful career since the late ’60s while never becoming a household name.
“And we agreed to pick Australian songs we all liked and then mash them up, hash them up and completely rearrange them,” Sam explains. “And we’ve rearranged them to suit our vocal range.
“That basically what we’ve done – taken some “I’d actually begged Fraternity not to go to great Aussie songs and reworked them to suit us,” the UK,” Sam reflects. “Every band who ever he explains further. “We do songs by Paul Kelly, went to the UK, except for The Bee Gees, pretty Midnight Oil and Divynls. It’s pretty wide mix of much died in the bum. Glenn stuff. And we do Daddy Cool’s Come Back Shorrock, who I’ve been playing “We are also Again and, for a quite simple song that with recently for the Axiom doing a song of is so ingrained with people, we make it reformation shows, once said mine, Reasons, sound very fresh. that, ‘The Twilights dashed their hopes on the white cliffs of which happened “Oh, and we are also doing a song of mine, Dover’. to be a hit for Reasons, which happened to be a hit for John Farnham. John Farnham. And we’re doing a song of “Then, when I came back, I got And we are doing Glyn’s that he originally wrote for Ariel.” together with Chris Stockley a song of Glyn’s Adelaide’s Dino Jag recently went to [The Dingoes} and Glyn Mason [once of Chain and briefly with that he originally Melbourne to serve as opening act at a Ariel] and we formed Stockley, wrote for Ariel.” Field, See & Mason show. See & Mason,” he says. “That was short-lived but Glyn and I played “He did, yeah,” Sam says. “We’d met Dino together in other bands – we were both in Brian when we did one of those rock cruise boats from Cadd’s band for a while. And Glyn and I have a Sydney Harbour back in 2016 and we really hit it band called The Pardoners who have released off because he’s such a great bloke. several albums.” “Dino had suggested we do a show with him in Sam goes on to say that he’s also worked with Adelaide – and we may well do that in the future Lindsay Field, who has worked extensively as as we are looking to tour a lot in 2018 – but, backing singer with John Farnham and has instead, he came over to Melbourne for a gig we been putting together the Myer Christmas CD were doing,” he concludes. compilation for the last two decades, quite extensively. Field, See & Mason will present Down
“So we’ve all worked together for a long time and occasionally we get asked to play gigs as Field, See & Mason,” he continues. ‘I think the He was a founding member of Sherbet long before first one was in Shepparton in northern Victoria which must be the longest and most boring Daryl Braithwaite joined as vocalist and then drive from Melbourne there is. joined Flying Circus who flew off to Canada and
Under The Covers at The German Club (AKA The GC), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 7.30pm on Saturday 23 February with tickets via FringeTIX.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 licensed, all-ages show from a very special event from 8pm 7.45pm with Big Daz as special on at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, guest and tickets via Eventbrite. 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 22 March on the bill GUMBO YA YA will be two guests from Canada, Adelaide’s Gumbo Ya Ya play Scott Cook and Corin Raymond, well-seasoned New Orleanswith Alex & Emma rounding out style music and will be the three-way bill with tickets at celebrating over 30 years when the door being $5 for members they step into the Governor – you can join up on the evening Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, – and $15 for those yet to join the Hindmarsh, from 7.30pm on association. Friday 27 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix and special SWORD IN STONE guest acts to be announced soon. Adelaide rock band Sword In Stone have invited Already Gone DAVE HUDSON and Pink Noise Generator to Adelaide’s Dave Hudson, an join them for a free entry show enigma even to himself, has at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 his musical journey organised Waymouth St, Adelaide, from as he’s announced a show on 8pm on Friday 23 March. Friday 2 March at which he will be presenting songs from TWILIGHT SESSIONS his The Journey album at the City Of Prospect’s Twilight Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Sessions at Prospect Memorial St, Thebarton, with his five-piece Gardens, Menzies Crs, Prospect, band, The Eclectic Collective, concludes on Friday 23 and Ben Ford-Davies as his February with food and drink very special guest. available or BYO picnic from 6pm and it’s to have a Spanish CRUMP CAKE ORCHESTRA and Latin flavour as the final one will have lively entertainment from Flamenco Areti and Soul Macumbia. KAURNA CRONIN
Crump Cake Orchestra, fresh from the launch of their Copy Copy album, will be taking to the stage of Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Friday 13 April (yikes) with special guests yeahyeahabsolutelynoway and Erasure Description with more details as they come to hand. SCALA
Kaurna Cronin will have his band with him when he returns from yet another overseas tour and plays the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 7pm on Sunday 25 March with Tom West as special guest and tickets via Evenbrite. ADELAIDE 500
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announced by Music SA’s Bands On Track with Hana & Jessie Lee and Donnarumma to play on Friday 2 March alongside Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers and Bad// Dreems, Kitchen Witch and Young Offenders to play on Saturday 3 March alongside Live and Birds Of Tokyo and Neon Tetra and Ollie English to play on Sunday 3 March alongside Robbie Williams and Sheppard. FIDEL’S BAR
10th anniversary by presenting a free entry show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Sunday 25 February with Hannah Fairlamb and Ben Revi as special guests. GRENADIERS Grenadiers will be launching their new album, Find Something You Love & Let It Kill You, at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell st, Adelaide, on Saturday 17 March (also known as Election Day and St Patrick’s Day) with tickets selling fast via Moshtix. THE GOV’S VARIETY SHOW
Fidel’s Bar is an alternative music and arts club situated at 66 Wattle Ave, Royal Pk, which opens from 4pm until 8pm on Friday evenings and for a special Sunday afternoon fundraising concert each month with the next taking place from 4pm on Sunday 25 February with an easy $5 entry. THE FLEURIEU BLUESBREAKERS
Seasoned rhythm and blues band The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers, who have risen from the still smouldering ashes of Indiana Phoenix, have a new, 11song album, The Devil Lives Down My Street, in the can and a run of shows coming up including Macclesfield’s Three Brothers Arms on Friday 23 February, Mt Compass Tavern on Saturday 10 March, Adelaide’s Baddog (63 Hyde St) on Friday 16 March and Christies Beach Sailing Club on Sunday 25 March. MONTHLY MUSO MANIA Wow, man! Far out. Have you heard about the return of Monthly Muso Mania which is set to kick off from 2-6pm at Glanville’s Cumberland Hotel on Sunday 18 March? Well, you have now. HUMBLE BEE Humble Bee, who have not actually played a gig since 2011, will be celebrating their
The Gov’s Variety Show takes place in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on the first Saturday of each month and features an array or performers of all persuasions, a 9pm start and entry via donation. FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS
Helmed by Darren Lane, Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449 or via email at flatcapprod@ gmail.com with a nice discount if you make mention of BSide Magazine. AUDIOISM Audioism is a new Adelaide business with over a dozen years industry experience that specialises in mobile recording and can come direct to you to record and can also offer photography for promotional purposes as well as various other services.
THE SOUND GARAGE Got a gig coming up and need a set-up? The Sound Garage, 1/179 Hindley St, Adelaide, is offering a 25% discount to those who have a show that week. Contact Jordan on 0481 155 892 or just pop in.
CAFÉ TROPPO Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, boasts great organic food, craft beer, a fresh new wine list, old-fashioned cocktails, seasonal tapas, a new bar menu and, as well as regular events, has live acoustic music and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm. NOOK NOSH
Boutique small bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, features live acoustic sounds from 5pm on Sundays and has a courtyard area at the rear. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles from 3pm on Wednesdays through to Sundays (open from 4pm).
sides of life with a touch of surrealism thrown in, have just released a self-titled album via boutique Melbourne label Off The Hip and is now available via all good record stores – think Rock Therapy, 536 Goodwood Rd, Daw Park, Clarity Records, 60 Pulteney St, Adelaide, Mr V Music, 115 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore and, of course, Off The Hip Records, 381 Flinders Ln, Melbourne – and Bandcamp.
THE BURNSIDE LIBRARY The Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, is starting a local music collection and looking for any South Australian musicians or bands that would be willing to donate a copy of their EP or album. It can be any genre of music. In fact, the more diverse, the better! Please contact the library on 08 8366 4280 for more information. FRIDAY NIGHT FREE FOR ALL The front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, now has a new open mic evening known as Friday Night Free For All with free entry and all welcome from 8pm. If you’d like to get onstage, email <fridayfreeforall@ thegov.com.au> to reserve a spot. VINYL SOUL
LONELY STRETCH Lonely Stretch, a side-project from Matt Reiner who plays guitar in Adelaide psych rock outfit The Dunes, have just released a brand new song, Not Very Much, which stormed into the number two position in the current Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 chart in its first week of release. Check it out via Bandcamp.
MOVE2LIVE Move2Live at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Here’s the deal. Meet prior to 6pm on Wednesday evenings and then head off for a 40-minute walk, run or whatever with a bunch of lovely people and then head back to the pub for refreshments and a natter about this and that. SPINE 96 Spine 96, an Adelaide rock quartet who dabble in the absurd, cynical and darker
THE BRITISH HOTEL The British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, boasts a fine dining room with a new menu and a wine of the month along with free entry live acoustic music from 6pm on Fridays.
ACOUSTIC CLUB TUESDAY Acoustic Club Tuesday is a free entry acoustic showcase plus open mic that takes place in the front bar of Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Check out their Facebook page for details about the weekly line-up.
Adelaide, with the introduction of three flavours of 25c chicken wings, $6 Coopers Pints and $5 Fireball shots. How do they do it, ladies and gentlemen? GUMBO ROOM BLUES JAM The weekly free entry Thursday evening Gumbo Room Blues Jam in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, has a new stage, a new backdrop, drink specials, an ARBA information stand and a jammer’s board.
PROTON PILL Long-running Adelaide band Proton Pill have their longrunning Wednesday evening residency at The Lion Hotel, 181 Melbourne St, North
the options disappear the way bones turn into dust as you drop the wine onto the linoleum floor at three a.m. and it drains out in slow motion to spread irretrievably over the sixties weird flower pattern a crazy thought enters your stupid forty-something year old mind to sip it up like you are a Hereford in drought stricken Central Queensland as this liquid means life – but of course there is the toothbrush, fancy pyjamas and an overly slept-in bed awaiting you, even a frustrated wife, if you are lucky, who will turn her back as you eventually, when your night comes to a lame halt, crawl in and she says to you whilst maintaining her coveted state of R.E.M. “don’t snore or else you’re back out in the caravan”.
Local Adelaide podcast, Vinyl Soul, was awarded national prize for Best Literature, Arts & Music Podcast when Cast Away Awards ran the first ever Australian podcast evening in Sydney at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Aiden Grant hosts and producers his music focused podcast in Adelaide and his podcast also supports local up-and-coming bands from Adelaide with previous artists including Bad//Dreems, Motez and Nakatomi to name but a few.
now the caravan, you think, has the stash of the cheapest of brandies which don’t dent the family budget however will give you reflux like you have put your gaping mouth over Mount Agung itself as it blows primordial hell into your stomach lining. at three a.m. anything seems like a good idea. except good ideas. I.C.T. MESSENGER
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ROCK’N’ROLL ORGY The songs of Tom Smith will be presented at Adelaide Fringe residency Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity) at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, with Friday 24 February having Matthew Harris, Flaming Alpacas and Brisbane’s Gerald Keaney & The Gerald Keaneys, Saturday 24 February featuring Clamor, Gerald Keaney presenting spoken word and Karl Melvin 25th Anniversary Extravaganza, As part of Adelaide Fringe, Tara Carragher Sunday 25 February boasting more and her righteous band will be presenting spoken word from Gerald Keaney as a Lucinda Williams tribute, Righteously, well as John Oldman and Jo Zealand, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Friday 2 March highlighting Rich Grohl, Thebarton, SA, at 8.30pm on Saturday 10 Les Gooolies and Melbourne’s Cougar March and from 4.30pm on Sunday 11 Vox, Saturday 3 March to have Blood March with tickets via FringeTIX. Plastic, Insomnicide and Bad Guys with it winding up on Sunday 4 March KITTY FLANAGAN with Backyard Haircuts, Ashtray Boy and TV Dinners and with all tickets via FringeTIX. THE AUDREYS
5 March until Sunday 11 March at Corona Theatre in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights with tickets via FringeTIX. THE YOUNG FOLK
Highly regarded contemporary Irish folk quartet The Young Folk will be playing Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, as part of Adelaide Fringe from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) on Saturday 24 February with tickets via FringeTIX. LITTLE CAPTAIN
As part of Adelaide Fringe, Little Captain are set to present The Songs Of The Velvet Underground on Friday 2 March at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with $10 tickets via FringeTIX.
Presented by A-List Entertainment, prepare to have a smashing night out when Kitty Flanagan presents Smashing as part of Adelaide Fringe at Angas St’s Royalty Theatre from Tuesday 27 February until Sunday 18 March with tickets via FringeTIX. PAROXYSM PRESS Those fine folk from Paroxysm Press are presenting Adelaide Fringe spoken word shows at Tuxedo Cat at Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote St, Adelaide, from 5pm on Sunday 25 February and Sunday 4 March with a different theme at each event and limited open mic.
FOWLER’S LIVE COMEDY Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, has a number of Adelaide Fringe comedy shows happening with Brisbane’s Luke Heggie at 7pm from Wednesday 14 March through As part of Adelaide Fringe, multiple until Sunday 18 March, Scotland’s Daniel ARIA Award winners The Audreys will be performing in duo mode (Taasha and Sloss from 8.15pm on Wednesday 14 March and then from 9.30pm until Sunday 18 Tristan) and presenting old favourites March and the loose unit that is Melbourne’s and a couple of new songs at Fortuna Spiegeltent in The Garden Of Unearthly Nick Cody from 8.15pm on Thursday 15 March until Saturday 17 March with tickets Delights from 7pm on Friday 23 via FringeTIX or Moshtix. February with tickets via FringeTIX. JOEL CREASEY Presented by Live Nation, Joel Creasey, the crown prince of Aussie comedy, will be presenting Blonde Bomshell at Adelaide Fringe 2018 from 9.30pm on Monday
JENNIFER DEGRASSI BAND Jennifer Degrassi Band will be joined by Bacharach Beehive Choir when they present an Adelaide Fringe show at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, to celebrate the music of Burt
on Tuesday 6 March and Saturday 17 March with tickets via FringeTIX. STEVE POLTZ
Bacharach on Wednesday 7 March with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX. NAZEEM HUSSAIN
Presented by Live Nation, popular comic Nazeem Hussain will be presenting No Pain, No Hussain as part of Adelaide Fringe 2018 when he undertakes a run of shows from Tuesday 20 February until Sunday 25 February at The Box in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights with tickets via FringeTIX.
a new album as part of her show Butterfly: The Journey Continues, which is to be staged at Fedora’s Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel, 264 South Rd, Hilton from 7pm on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March and from 5.30pm on Sunday 11 March with tickets via FringeTIX and Susan’s website. THE MOTOWN STORY Presented by The Motown Connection, The Motown Story celebrates the Motown hits and will be presenting an Adelaide Fringe show at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 10 March with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX.
WHILE & MATTHEWS Chris While and Julie Matthews are regarded as the undisputed queens of British folk duo and will have Vincent’s Chair in trio mode as very special guests when they play Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, as part of Adelaide Fringe from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) on Thursday 15 March with tickets via FringeTIX. THE BOAT THAT ROCKED Presented by Platinum Event Agency as part of Adelaide Fringe, The Boat That Rocked is a Port River cruise on The Dolphin Explorer that will feature the renowned Billy Joel Tribute Concert Australia from 7pm on Saturday 17 March with the cruise boat leaving from Port Adelaide’s Queens Wharf and tickets via Eventbrite.
LEAD BELLY Adelaide’s The Hushes will present the songs of blues icon Lead Belly at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, as part of Adelaide Fringe from THE DARK SEEDS 3-4pm on Sunday 25 February and Sunday As part of Adelaide Fringe, The Dark Seeds will be paying tribute to the songs 4 March with tickets via FringeTIX. of Nick Cave when they play Frome St’s Chateau Apollo on Thursday 22 SUSAN LILY February before they grace the Grace As part of Adelaide Fringe, Susan Lily, accompanied by her band, will be launching Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide,
Highly entertaining and rather engaging Canadian-born troubadour Steve Poltz is making his way back to Australia for the umpteenth time to play Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, as part of Adelaide Fringe and will play no less than two sets from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) on Wednesday 7 March with tickets via FringeTIX. THE WHEATSHEAF UKULELE COLLECTIVE The Wheatsheaf Ukulele Collective will make a return to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, for Adelaide Fringe and will play no less than half a dozen shows (Thursday 22 February at 7.30pm, Friday 23 February at 7.30pm, Saturday 24 February at 7.30pm, Thursday 15 March at 7.30pm, Friday 16 March at 7.30pm and Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm) under the name Do Uke Remember? with tickets via FringeTIX. SHAKE YOUR BOOTY
Sunday 25 February and it kicks off at 10am with the annual car and motorcycle event Show’n’Shine in the car park of the British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Pt Adelaide. MAD DOGS
Disco explosion Shake Your Booty features all the classic ’70s disco hits and comes to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, as part of Adelaide Fringe on Saturday 24 February with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX. MIKE MCCLENNAN
(SOLD OUT) and now also Friday 23 February at 9.30pm,, Field, See & Mason with Down Under The Covers from 7.30pm on Friday 23 February, Andy Seymour with Buddy Diamond 1960 – A Night At The Stardust from 7.30pm on Saturday 24 February, The Brewster Brothers paying tribute to Bob Dylan from 9.30pm on Saturday 24 February, The Flaming Sambucas presenting Goodbye Yellow Brick Road from 6pm on Sunday 25 February, legendary Adelaide band Rum Jungle from 8pm on Sunday 25 February and Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks playing songs by Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock and more from 9.30pm on Saturday 3 March with all tickets via FringeTIX. ADAM PAGE
Well-known Australian singer songwriter Mike McClennan will be highlighting a new album, Intermission, along with his classic songs when he plays Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, as part of Adelaide Fringe from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) on Friday 23 February with tickets via FringeTIX. THE GC ADELAIDE FRINGE
Adelaide’s Adam Page, who has collected an array of awards as part of his musical journey, has no less than four Adelaide Fringe shows coming up at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with bookings open now at FringeTIx for 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 February, Wednesday 7 March and Wednesday 14 March. THE PORT ROCKS
The German Club (AKA The GC)), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, has an array of seated, cabaret-style shows coming up as part of its In Concert Series for Adelaide Fringe, with The Bald Eagles presenting their tribute to The Eagles, Hell Over Freezes, at 8pm on Sunday 11 March, Glenn Shorrock presenting the world premiere of From Ten-Pound Pom To Global Multiplatinum Artist from 8pm on Thursday 22 February
The Port Rocks is a free entry event taking place in various Pt Adelaide heritage pubs, galleries and wine bar venues as part of Adelaide Fringe on
Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker play the music of Joe Cocker and will be doing so when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, as part of Adelaide Fringe on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX. ADELAIDE ROOTS & BLUES ASSOCIATION Adelaide Roots & Blues Association will present Blues At The Fringe at Global Music Revolution, 16/47 OG Rd, Klemzig, with Nikko & Snooks and Kings & Associates on Friday 16 March with plenty of parking, Pistol Pete’s famous BBQ from 7pm, licensed bar and tickets via FringeTIX.
RUM JUNGLE Legendary Adelaide band Rum Jungle have reformed once again to stage a show at The German Club (AKA The GC), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA, from 8pm on Sunday 25 February with tickets via FringeTIX. A HISTORY OF EARLY BLUES Cal Williams Jr, Kory Horwood and Lightnin’ Will will be presenting A History Of Early Blues as part of Adelaide Fringe at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 5pm6.30pm on Sunday 4 March with tickets via FringeTIX. FRINGE CHURCH As part of its regular Sunday morning service, Church Of The Trinity (home of Trinity Sessions), 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, will be having a special Fringe Church one from 10am on Sunday 25 February with performances from Ireland’s The Young Folk, Courtney Robb, Snooks La Vie, Tara Carragher, Richard Coates and Cosmo Thundercat with the morning’s proceedings to be followed by a BBQ with money raised to go to Orange Sky Laundry to help Adelaide’s homeless.
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played Adelaide Fringe last year and were keen to come back again.
ross wilson & the peaceniks ROSS WILSON & THE PEACENIKS By Robert Dunstan Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks is the musical vehicle Ross Wilson uses to present the songs from his bands Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock and more along with solo material in a relaxed and intimate environment. Ross, who still tours stadiums and outdoor festivals with Mondo Rock, says the band
the brewster brothers THE BREWSTER BROTHERS By Robert Dunstan John Brewster, of The Angels, was listening to the music of Bob Dylan before he had even heard The Beatles which helps explain why The Brewster Brothers are presenting The Brewster Brothers Play Bob Dylan as part of Adelaide Fringe. “I’ve been into Bob Dylan since his first very album,” John says of the singer songwriter’s self-titled debut of 1962 which, ironically, only featured two original songs, Talkin’ New York and Song To Woody, on the 13-song release.
“Yes, we did The Garden Of Unearthly Delights in 2017 so we’re coming back,” he says. “And the great thing about Adelaide Fringe is that is has a bit of a twist about it. It’s a big festival that goes off every years so it’s great to be part of it. “And by the time we play Adelaide we’ll have a bit of changed line-up so we’ll be playing some stuff we didn’t do last time. And that’s the good thing about The Peaceniks because not having a stable lineup helps keep it fresh. “And I’m continually getting musicians ‘stolen’ from me. Some other muso will see us and think, ‘Oh, that keyboard player is great’, and next thing they have left The Peacniks to play with someone else.
“You kinda train them up and then they get other offers,” Ross laughs. “But that’s okay because now The Peaceniks has several layers of players I can draw from and it’s good to keep the band fresh like that. “It means we can chop and change the songs around in the set as we want,” he adds.
Ross, who hints of another engagement up in the Adelaide Hills following their city
although I was already into Woody Guthrie – because I was only 12 years old at the time,” he says with a laugh. “But right from that first album I fell in love with Dylan – what a great album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is – and began following what he was doing and have been doing so ever since. “And just when you think he’s lost the plot, he comes up with something great such as Blood On The Tracks, Oh Mercy and Modern Times,” John adds. As a 17-year-old, John saw Dylan play in Adelaide in 1966 at The Palais Royal on North Tce.
“It’s now a car park,” John sighs, “but it was a fairly intimate venue and for the first half Dylan came out on his own [using a guitar borrowed from Adelaide folk legend Irene Petrie] and for the second half he was backed by a band which was, in actual fact, what was to become The Band. “And when he did that, people booed,” he laughs. “He’d gone electric and some of the high and mighty folkies couldn’t handle it. And, sitting at the piano, Dylan did Ballad Of A Thin Man with the famous line, ‘You don’t know what is happening do you, Mr Jones’. But it was an amazing concert.”
John goes on to say that it was fairly easy “And I now don’t know how I came across it – putting the show together.
show, says they do anything and everything including a bit of blues and even some new, as yet to be recorded material. “There are the songs we have to do – everyone knows the ones I mean – but it’s also a lot of fun because it tends to be smaller venues. Mondo Rock needs a big stage to do its thing, but The Peaceniks can work pretty much anywhere,” he suggests. “I mean it’s great playing with Mondo Rock on a huge stage with a big, big sound but I still really love playing places like The German Club where it’s around 400 people all getting into it,” Ross concludes.
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks play The German Club (AKA The GC0, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 9.30pm on Saturday 3 March with tickets selling fast via FringeTIX. https://adelaidefringe.com. au/fringetix/ross-wilson-thepeaceniks-play-daddy-cooland-mondo-rock-af2018 “It seems to me that Dylan is someone you can cover pretty easily because, essentially, he’s a singer songwriter,” John reasons. “And it’s a cool thing to do. I did it on my own last Adelaide Fringe, but for this one it’s The Brewster Brothers with my brother Rick on guitar and my son Sam on bass. And Nick Norton, The Angels’ drummer, is coming over to play drums. “We also recorded a whole album of Dylan songs up at Mixmasters with Mick Wordley a few years ago,” John then says of a 2012 release that is readily available online. “And that came up pretty good.”
The Brewster Brothers Play Bob Dylan runs at The German Club (AKA The GC), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 9.30pm on Saturday 24 February with tickets via FringeTIX. https://adelaidefringe. com.au/fringetix/brewsterbrothers-play-bob-dylanaf2018
The Saucermen as well as DJs Liv and Three D Radio’s Jade O’Donahue.
KUSTOM KULTURE WEEKENDER Kustom Kulture SA will be presenting the 16th annual Kustom Kulture Weekender at The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton, from Friday 6 April until Sunday 8 April with an exciting lineup of ska, surf, rockabilly and more and with Hot Rod & Kustom Showdown 16 set to take place in the venue’s car park from high noon on Saturday 7 April with an entry free of $5 per vehicle. There will be a pre-party event taking place on Friday 6 April at
the Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, with an entry fee of a mere $5 to experience the musical wonders of Salvy & The Hired Help and Moraygun as a fundraiser to help Miss Curenvella get to the US of A. The non-stop action then continues from high noon on Saturday 7 April at Plympton’s The Highway with the Hot Rod & Kustom Showdown with a bar, vendors, live acts and home cooked tucker. The doors of the award winning venue then open at 5pm for the massive line-up of NSW ska exponents The Ozskas alongside local legends Haystacks Calhoon, El Caminos, Fistful Of Trojans and
Sunday 8 April will begin at 10am with a $6 swap meet in The Highway’s car park which will also feature Midwest Trader’s Knees To The Breeze Bike run with doors to the venue opening at 3pm for performances from Sydney legend Pat Capocci, Roj & The Ramjets and with The Tomahawks reforming especially for the occasion and Miss Curvella on the decks spinning tunes.
Tickets here http://www. thehighway.com.au/product/ kustom-kulture-weekendersaturday/ for Saturday & April and tickets here http://www. thehighway.com.au/product/ kustom-kulture-weekendersunday/ for Sunday 8 April.
The band are also greatly looking forward to making a return to Blenheim Music & Camping Festival in the Clare Valley at Easter.
“We played there a couple of years ago,” Steve says, “and it’s such a great little festival. We really enjoyed it so it was good to get the call from them about inviting us back.” The band were originally known as The Associates.
kings & associates KINGS & ASSOCIATES By Robert Dunstan Adelaide based blues and nu soul band Kings & Associates recently did this state proud when they came away with three gongs at the prestigious Chain Awards, a long-running, national event for Australian blues music. The band is also set to start 2018 off with a bang as they have performances coming up at ARBA’s Blues At The Fringe (Friday 16 March at Klemzig’s Global Music Revolution), WOMADelaide (Saturday 10 March at 12.30pm) and also Blenheim Music & Camping Festival (Saturday 30 March) as well as shows under their own steam at the Wheatsheaf Hotel (Saturday 21 April) and Semaphore Workers Club and a trip over to New Zealand in the first two weeks of March to promote their second album, Tales Of A Rich Girl, in that region.
We spoke to Angie and Steve from the band who said that while they were unable to attend the Chain Awards ceremony up in Sydney, the group was more than chuffed to be named Group Of The Year and Best New Talent, while their American producer, Jim Scott, took out the award for Best Producer.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” Steve says. “And it’s funny because we never quite got around to submitting ourselves for the awards and then the deadline passed. You know how is it when you’re busy. We just forgot about it and then Angie happened to be online and saw that it had been extended for a week. So we put something in at the very last minute.
“It was a bit of luck really and when we listened in and heard we’d won, we were rapt,” he adds. “And it is a big thing for South Australia as well because the eastern states often overlook us.” Steve says that their US producer, Jim Scott, was over the moon about taking out an award.
“We sent him an email and he emailed us straight back and said, ‘Congratulations to you guys as well and let me know when you are ready to come over and record again,” Steve says. And how did you first get the multiple Grammy winner on board?
“We were advised to change our name by our American manager,” Angie says.
“Just before we released the album, we were told by an A&R director that there was a clash with a Scottish band by the name of The Associates. I don’t think it would have mattered in the days before the internet but nowadays, with Google and YouTube, there was some confusion.
“We started getting emails from people saying, ‘You are NOT The Associates’,” Angie sighs. ‘And people had been liking our Facebook page thinking it was the Scottish band. Legally, you just don’t know what might happen in the future so we were better off changing our name. And you might be surprised by how many band names are already taken. So Kings & Associates it is.” “But I still have a box of our CDs with The Associates written on them,” Steve laughs.
Steve concludes by saying he has been in writing mode in recent times and is waiting for the other members to catch up.
“We are big fans of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jim produces their “I don’t think albums so we emailed his manager,” Steve says. “And we it would have were thrilled when Jim got mattered in back to us personally a day later and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk’.” the days before
“But I think the idea is that we’ll start tracking a new album toward the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” he says.
Kings & Associates will play ARBA’s Blues the internet “And that remains one of the best weeks of our lives,” Angie but nowadays, At The Fringe (Friday says. “To get a personal email 16 March at Klemzig’s with Google from Jim Scott about him and YouTube, Global Music Revolution), working with us was such a huge thrill. And he said he’d there was some WOMADelaide (Saturday listened to our demos and 10 March at 12.30pm) confusion.” absolutely loved them. and also Blenheim Music & Camping “And Jim’s a legend – he was featured in Dave Grohl’s documentary – and when we went Festival (Saturday 30 March) as over there to record, he treated us really well as shows at the Wheatsheaf well. We were no different to any of the big Hotel (Saturday 21 April) and stars he’s had through his studio,” she adds. Semaphore Workers Club at the Kings & Associates are end of May. excited about being asked to perform at WOMADelaide on the Novatech Stage from 12.30pm on Saturday 10 March.
“Yeah, that’ll be great because it’ll be on one of the bigger WOMAD stages and we’ll have Paul White on Hammond for that one,” Steve says.
FRIDAY 16 MARCH Jose Feliciano (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY Unwritten Law (US) at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Matthew Harris, Flaming Alpacas and Brisbane’s Gerald Keaney & The Gerald Keaneys at Hotel Metro George Maple (London/Aus) at Governor Hindmarsh Prljavo Kazaliste (Croatia) at Fowler’s Live Sarah McLeod (Sydney) and Sean Kemp at Jive Mike McClennan (Sydney) at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY The Young Folk (Ireland) at Trinity Sessions Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Clamor, Gerald Keaney presenting spoken word and Karl Melvin 25th Anniversary Extravaganza at Hotel Metro Merkules (Canada) at Fowler’s Live Cub Sport (Brisbane) at Fat Controller SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Gerald Keaney, John Oldman and Jo Zealand at Hotel Metro Dweezil Zappa (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY Overkill (New York) at Fowler’s Live Queen (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THURSDAY 1 MARCH Ball Park Music (Sydney), Ali Barter and Hatchie at Governor Chad Morgan, The Muirs, Piers Diprose, The Pro Tools, Hellbound & Proud, The Cut Snakes, Badge Club, Kami’s Redneck Lounge and MC Dick Dale at Edinburgh Castle Hotel FRIDAY 2 MARCH Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers, Bad/Dreems, Hana & JessieLee and Donnarumma at Adelaide 500
Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Rich Grohl, Les Gooolies and Melbourne’s Cougar Vox at Hotel Metro SATURDAY 3 MARCH Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence and Ajak Kwai at Jive Live (US), Birds Of Tokyo (Perth), Young Offenders and Kitchen Witch at Adelaide 500 Hockey Dad (Wingdang), Dear Seattle and Boat Show at Governor Hindmarsh Fanny Lumsden at Wheatsheaf Hotel Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Blood Plastic, Insomnicide and Bad Guys at Hotel Metro SUNDAY 4 MARCH Robbie Williams (UK), Sheppard, Neon Tetra and Ollie English at Adelaide 500 Rock’N’Roll Orgy (Celebrating Love & Diversity): Backyard Haircuts, Ashtray Boy and TV Dinners at Hotel Metro WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH Steve Poltz (Can/US) at Trinity Sessions THURSDAY 8 MARCH The Lemonheads (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
FRIDAY 9 MARCH Xavia (Alice Springs) and Jen Lush at Wheatsheaf 360 (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Kate Miller-Heidke and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at Adelaide Town Hall SATURDAY 10 MARCH Greenleaf (Sweden), Filthy Lucre, Sons Of Zoku and Dirty Pagans at Jive Walken (Brisbane) at Exeter Hotel SUNDAY 11 MARCH Big Country (Scotland) at Governor Hindmarsh
TUESDAY 13 MARCH Thursday (US) and Quicksand at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 17 MARCH A Day On The Green: The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) TUESDAY 20 MARCH Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) at Festival Theatre
THURSDAY 22 MARCH Andrew Strong (Northern Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh Jackson Browne (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Limp Bizkit (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Slick Rick (US) at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 23 MARCH Harry Manx (Canada) at Goveror Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 24 MARCH d Henry Fenton (Sydney/ LA) and Tara Carragher at Wheatsheaf Hotel GoldLink (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Johanna Allen, Cameron Goodall, Nancye Hayes, Ali McGregor, Meow Meow, Rob Mills and Tim Rogers with MC Jane Doyle and storyteller Peter Goers at Her Majesty’s Theatre SUNDAY 25 MARCH Neck Deep (Wales) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 26 MARCH Bruno Mars (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 27 MARCH Arch Enemy (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live Gomez (UK) at Old Adelaide Gaol
WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH Canned Heat (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 29 MARCH Thundamentals (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Japanese Wallpaper (Melbourne) at Old Adelaide Gaol
WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL Ke$ha (US) at Thebarton Theatre
THURSDAY 5 APRIL John Waite (UK) and Sarah McLeod at Governor Hindmarsh Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters (UK) at Thebarton Theatre FRIDAY 6 APRIL Newton Faulkner (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 7 APRIL Kustom Kulture Weekender: The OzSkas (Brisbane), Haystacks Calhoon, Fistful Of Trojans, The Saucerman, DJ Liv and DJ Jade at The Highway Pludo (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Bec Sandridge and Press Club at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Melbourne) at Rocket Bar Lowtide (Melbourne) and Dean Forever at Grace Emily Lionel Richie (US) and Nile Rodgers (US) at Botanic Pk SUNDAY 8 APRIL Kustom Kulture Weekender: Pat Capocci (Sydney0, The Tomahawks, DJ Curvella and Roj & The Ramjets at The Highway (from 3pm) WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL Primus (US) and The Dean Ween Group (US) at Thebarton Theatre
THURSDAY 12 APRIL Don Walker & The Suave Fucks (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh
FRIDAY 13 APRIL Screamfeeder (Brisbane) and Madura Green at Edinburgh Castle Hotel
SATURDAY 14 APRIL Childhood Cancer Benefit 3: Lachy Doley Group, Chris Finnen & Phil Manning and Mojo Dingo at The German Club Jamie Hutchings (Sydney) and Alana Jagt at Grace Emily WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL Counterparts (US) and Stray From The Path at Fowler’s Live
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL P.O.D. (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 19 APRIL Polaris (Sydney), The Plot In You, Alpha Wolf and Ambleside at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 20 APRIL Carus Thompson (Fremantle) at Wheatsheaf Rose Tattoo (Sydney) and Dallas Crane (Melbourne)at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 21 APRIL Destruction (Germany) at Fowler’s Live
SUNDAY 22 APRIL Jimmy Barnes at Thebarton Theatre WEDNESDAY 25 April Jungle Giants at HQ
THURSDAY 26 APRIL Mark Wilkinson (UK/Syndey) at Wheatsheaf Hotel FRIDAY 27 APRIL Shaun Kirk (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel
SATURDAY 28 APRIL Verge Collection (Perth) and White Blanks at Jive SUNDAY 29 APRIL GWAR (US) at HQ
MONDAY 30 APRIL Squeeze (UK) and John Cooper Clarke (Manchester) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 3 MAY Dr Feelgood (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 4 MAY DZ Deatherays (Brisbane), Clowns, These New South Wales and Boat Show at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 5 MAY The Contortionist (US) and SikTh at Governor Hindmarsh
BulletBoys (US) and Dellacoma at Fowler’s Live
TUESDAY 8 MAY The Killers (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre THURSDAY 10 MAY Kid Congo (US) at Crown & Anchor
FRIDAY 11 MAY Shannon Noll (Cobdogla) at Governor Hindmarsh
MONDAY 14 MAY Marlon Williams (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh
TUESDAY 15 MAY Silverstein (Canada) and Comeback Kid at Fowler’s Live WEDNESDAY 16 MAY Sepultura (Brazil) and Death Angel (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
Red Fang (US) and Drunk Mums at Fowler’s Live
THURSDAY 17 MAY Urban Guerillas (Sydney) and David Robinson at Grace Emily FRIDAY 18 MAY The Robert Cray Band (US) and Gail Page & The Dirty Roots Band at Governor Hindmarsh
FRIDAY 15 JUNE The Whitlams (Sydney), Alex Lloyd (Sydney) and Deborah Conway (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE Streetlight Manifesto (US) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 10 JULY P!nk (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre
SATURDAY 19 MAY APIA Good Times: Leo Sayer, Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris (OAM),
WEDNESDAY 11 JULY P!nk (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre
and John Paul Young at Thebarton Theatre
FRIDAY 20 JULY Ian Moss (Sydney) at Thebarton Theatre
SUNDAY 20 MAY Joshua Radin (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY Jeremy Loops (South Africa) at Fowler’s Live
THURSDAY 24 MAY Pain (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live Circa Survive (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
FRIDAY 25 MAY Bad Manners (UK) and Jennie Belle Star (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh Angus & Julia Stone at Flinders Uni Plaza SATURDAY 2 JUNE The Iron Maidens at Fowler’s Live
TUESDAY 28 AUGUST Gene Simmons (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (M) *** The fourth part in the other franchise created by Saw main-man Leigh Whannell (his Saw pal James Wan is mostly responsible for The Conjuring films) is notable for several reasons, but mostly for the fact that the star of this ongoing series is the 70something Lin Shaye, who’s probably the only woman of that age who can sell a movie other than Helen Mirren. She brings sincerity and heart to the spooky material, and co-star, co-producer and sole writer Leigh makes sure there’s enough (Aussieish?) humour to keep it from becoming too ponderous or dopey. A 1950s flashback that’s more frightening than anything supernatural here kicks things off, as we watch the young Elise Rainier (Ava Kolker) being persecuted by her scary, sweaty Dad (Josh Stewart), who fears her psychic powers and tries to beat them out of her. They live in an only-in-the-movies house alongside a prison that regularly executes prisoners, so it’s not surprising that she sees tormented spirits, and eventually she escapes to
become the virtuous medium we know from the previous pics.
When she’s called back to her New Mexico home years later (in 2010) by resident Ted Garza (Kirk Acevedo, best known for TV’s Fringe), she warily travels there with offsiders Specs (Whannell) and Tucker (Leigh’s old pal Angus Sampson), both of whom worry about her welfare, have an eye for the ladies and dress like Mormons. And, naturally, there’s an evil presence in the house that might well have been conjured by Elise, a demonic thingie waving a long, rubbery finger with a key on the end (and yes, that title had to mean something, right?). Directed by Adam Robitel (of the disturbing The Taking Of Deborah Logan), this is unusually energetic and lightly unsettling for the fourth film in any series, and there’s also no doubt that Shaye’s Elise is going to be facing off more nasty paranormal entities for at least one more movie. And yes, they should be able to keep the serious insidiousness going, don’t worry.
FIFTY SHADES FREED (MA) *1/2 The appalling climax to the Fifty Shades trilogy of films (again drawn from the inexplicably popular books by now-producer E.L. James) is again directed by James Foley, who obviously tried desperately - and futilely - to make this less ludicrously crappy than the excruciating bestseller. It’s hard to know where to start in ripping into this one (which is about on par with Fifty Shades Darker and, amazingly, not quite as dreadful as the first, Fifty Shades Of Grey), but perhaps the most glaring problem with all these dire movies is that stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have absolutely NO chemistry at all. In fact, it’s fairly obvious that, by now, they simply can’t stand each other.
Beginning with the wedding of Anastasia Steele (DJ) and Christian Grey (JD), because they love each other so much (ha!!!), this then struggles to find a plot and settles with digging up that villain Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), especially now that Kim Basinger has mercifully been written out of it. There’s also plenty of
rooting between Ana and Chris, as well as all that dopey BDSM stuff (none of which is shocking in the slightest), and soon she’s pregnant (spoilers?) and they’re having the kind of arguments they should have had almost two movies ago.
Sequences involving icecream sexy times and some mistreatment with blindfolds and toys attempt to keep the punters interested, and there’s a shower scene where Dakota and Jamie are both pretty much naked but we, of course, don’t see their private parts (that would be rude!!!), while Ana also tries to work at her editing job despite being continually called away to weekends at Chris’ palatial country house and various lame psychodramatic interludes. And yes, it all builds to a hopelessly dumb grand finale that’ll have you hooting, yawning, gagging and taking a vow of chastity all at the same time. So that’s it then: the end of the Fifty Shades films. Diehard fans are now instructed to put it back in their pants and go the Hell home.
SUSAN LILY By Robert Dunstan Susan Lily presented her show Butterfly at last year’s Adelaide Fringe and is set to undertake a reprise with Butterfly: The Journey Continues, which will also include the launch of her new album, Free Spirited, and one where, unlike last time, the singer songwriter will be backed by a full band.
to be the first single – “And this album is a bit of a change of featured in the show direction for me,” she announces. “There last time. are a couple of rock songs on there. Whiskey Neat being one of them. When I first started ‘And it’s a good little playing in bands, I was the rock chick up story because it’s the front belting it out. So it was funny how about when I was a my first album, Butterfly, turned out to be kid living more of a country record. with mum in Hay and our TV broke “That’s because I didn’t have much of an down,” Susan reveals. idea about what I was doing and took the “We couldn’t afford good advice of Paul Norton who produced a new one and I was it,” Susan says. “Paul felt the album should devastated. What go in a certain direction. And, fair enough was I going to do because I learnt a lot from that experience.” when I got home from school? I was Susan, who will be joined on stage by bass quite distraught. But player Graham Burkin, drummer David I’d always wanted a White, lead guitarist Ellen Tefanis, award piano so mum got winning musician and SA Music Hall of me a three-quarter Fame member Trev Warner on fiddle and guitar. harmonica player Jean-Pierre Calabretto, has tied her Adelaide Fringe show in with “A guitar? I wanted her album launch as she considered it to be a piano,” she laughs. a good opportunity. “But mum then “The album had to be finished by a certain told me why she got me the guitar – she time [due to funding] and it seemed to all couldn’t have afforded a piano anyway – fit,” she says. “And everything is progressing and it makes for a good nicely as far as ticket sales go. The “What was I little story. Musical Journey Hilton were also quite keen for me was just a fun little song going to do when to come back after the success of to put in the show but lots I got home from last year’s shows.” of people said they really school? I was liked it. So it’s now on my new album after I worked quite distraught. As part of Adelaide Fringe, on it a bit more. Susan Lily, accompanied by
But I’d always wanted a piano so mum got me a three-quarter guitar.”
“And Anthony Stewart, of Redbrick Music Studio where I recorded the album, was a big help with that too,” Susan adds. “And Anthony, being Anthony, was able to bring in some great musicians to play on “Last time I basically did a solo set for the first act where I told stories about being from the album. That why Hamish Davidson [of the bush interspersed with a few songs,” she The Davidson Brothers] is on there playing begins. “And there was also a bit of craziness fiddle and banjo.” because I brought my alter ego into it via Without a television set at her video link and she kept disposal, Susan also began to interrupting my show. listen to the radio a lot more. “It worked really well “And I started to take more – people thought it interest in the words and was very funny and how songs were written,” entertaining - and, she recalls. “I’d listen for a perhaps, if I had had couple of hours each night more time I could have – just a regional station out worked on it more. But it of Deniliquin that mostly was just a novelty really. played country music – and because we no longer had a “And then I came back TV, mum also started to get on for the second part with Graham Burkin on bass and did mostly her old records out. Mum was a big Elvis songs,” she adds. “But for this year there will and Johnny O’Keefe fan.” be me playing with a full band and the stories will be woven in between songs. Most of the Leaving home, Susan travelled around before ending up in Melbourne where she songs on the album have a tale about how I came to write them. And one of the songs on tried her hand at stand up comedy before veering off into music. the album, Musical Journey – which is going
her band, will be launching a new album as part of her show Butterfly: The Journey Continues, which is to be staged at Fedora’s Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel, 264 South Rd, Hilton from 7pm on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March and from 5.30pm on Sunday 11 March with tickets via FringeTIX and Susan’s website. https://www.susanlilymusic.com/
COMPETITION: Susan has a double pass to give away to her opening show on Friday 9 March. To enter, simply email <firstname.lastname@example.org> with BSide Butterfly Competition as the subject header. Good luck.
licensed, all-ages show with doors from 6pm on Saturday 24 February with tickets via Moshtix. LAMINE SONKO
George Maple, whose new, 20-song album, Lover, is receiving much triple j action, has announced a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 23 February with tickets bound to sell quickly via the venue or Oztix. CHAD MORGAN
Presented by Studmuffin Tours, legendary country music legend Chad Morgan (hitting the stage at 8pm) will have The Muirs as special guests when he comes to town from 7pm on Thursday 1 March to play Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, with MC Dick Dale and riotous entertainment from Piers Diprose, Hellbound & Proud, The Cut Snakes, Badge Club, The Pro Tools (unplugged) and DJ Kami presenting his infamous Redneck Lounge and with tickets via Moshtix. OH WONDER
Oh Wonder, in Australia to play with Beck, Phoenix and Grace Jones in Sydney, will be taking a wonderful detour to play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 28 February with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
again hit Australian shows and are set to be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Friday 23 February with tickets via Moshtix. SARAH MCLEOD
New York thrash metal outfit Overkill, who have 18 albums and four decades of live shows to their credit, have announced an Australian tour which will kick off with a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 28 February at which patrons can expect a chunk of material from the band’s latest album, The Grinding Wheel and with tickets soon via Moshtix. THE LEMONHEADS Those disappointed that The Lemonheads would not be coming to Adelaide for A Day On The Green can now rejoice in the fact they will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 8 March with Immigrant Union as special guests and tickets via the venue or Oztix. BALL PARK MUSIC
Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence and iconic Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai have announced they will take to the road on their co-headline Afro Frequency tour and will play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Saturday 3 March with tickets via Moshtix. UNWRITTEN LAW
American punks Unwritten Law will the playing The Black Album in full and many of their bit hits at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 22 February with tickets via Moshtix. SUPERMASSIVE As part of Adelaide Fringe, Grounded at Victoria Sq (Tarntanyangga) will be presenting music festival Supermassive on Sunday 25 February with the event to feature Sarah Blasko, Heaps Good Friends, Adam Page, Nunga Circus Kids, Solli Raphael, Megaphone Project, DJ Tr!p, frente! and so much more with an assortment of ticket prices available.
Ball Park Music will have Ali Barter and Hatchie with them when they embark on their national Exactly Who You Are tour that will have them playing a now SOLD OUT show at the Governor Hindmarsh, PRLJAVO KAZALIŠTE 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 1 March.
MERKULES Audacious Canadian rapper Merkules has announced his first Australian tour and will be Presented by OnTour, longperforming at Fowler’s Live, running Croatian rock band 68 North Tce, Adelaide, as an Prljavo Kazaliste will once
Sarah McLeod, of The Superjesus fame, is back out on tour with her solo album, Rocky’s Diner, and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Friday 23 February (rescheduled from Sunday 5 November) with special guest Sean Kemp (and friends) and tickets via Oztix. A DAY ON THE GREEN The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves will be playing Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale, on Saturday 17 March with tickets via Ticketmaster. NECK DEEP
Welsh pop punksters Neck Deep are bringing a Download Festival sideshow to The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on Sunday 25 March with tickets from the venue or Oztix. DON WALKER
Don Walker, of Cold Chisel fame, has announced the release of a vinyl boxset, Blacktop, of solo material and a national tour
that will have him playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 12 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
ROBERT CRAY Award winning American blues artist Robert Cray and his band will have no less than Gail Page fronting The Dirty Roots Band as opening act when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 18 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix. PRIMUS
Primus will be joined by no less that The Dean Ween Group when they present their Ambushing The Storm Tour at Thebarton Theatre on Wednesday 11 April with tickets bound to sell fast via usual outlets. THUNDAMENTALS
Thundamentals have announced their 10th anniversary hip hop tour which will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Thursday 29 March with B-Wise as special guest and tickets via the venue or Oztix. DR FEELGOOD Legendary UK R&B group Dr Feelgood will make everyone feel good when they play their classics at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 3 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS Due to demand, Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters have added a concert in Adelaide to their Australia tour and will play Thebarton Theatre on Thursday 5 April.
NEWTON FAULKNER The UK’s Newton Faulkner, who will be in the country for Bluesfest, with UK’s ll now also be playing a sideshow at the Governor HIndmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on Friday 6 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix. GOMEZ UK band Gomez will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bring It On when they play Bluesfest but have announced a sideshow, as presented by Adelaide’s Beer & BBQ Festival, at Old Adelaide Gaol on Tuesday 27 March with tickets via <adelaidebeerfest.com.au>.
BAD MANNERS Presented by Metropolis Touring and DRW Entertainment, legends of fun time ska, the UK’s Bad Manners featuring Buster Bloodvessel, are returning for a greatest hits tour with their very special guest being rude girl queen of ska pop Jennie Belle Star, lead singer of much loved, London-based all-girl ’80s band The Belle Stars and they will be skanking away at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 25 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
HOCKEY DAD Highly popular rock duo Hockey Dad have announced an album tour for Blend Inn with a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 March with special guests Dear Seattle and Boat Show and tickets on sale via the venue or Oztix. COUNTERPARTS Counterparts have announced a tour with Stray From The Path that will take the hardcore punks to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Sunday 15 April with tickets via Moshtix.
SLICK RICK Presented by Launch Australia, British-born American rapper Slick Rick will be making his way to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 22 March as part of his very first Australian jaunt with tickets via Moshtix. PLUDO Pludo is Anthony Kupinic, a Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and street performer with a super uber mega percussive twist, and he’ll be presenting his wares at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 7 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix. POLARIS Sydney-based metalcore crew Polaris will be fresh and honed from a huge national tour with Parkway Drive when they play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 19 April with special guests The Plot In You, Alpha Wolf and Ambleside and tickets via Moshtix. SHANNON NOLL Shannon Noll will be presenting songs from a new album when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 11 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
JAPANESE WALLPAPER Adelaide’s Beer & BBQ Festival wil present Melburne’s Japanese Wallpaper alongside E^ST, Odette and special guests at Old Adelaide Gaol on Thursday 29 March (Good Friday eve) with tickets via Eventbrite. THE IRON MAIDENS The Iron Maidens are an allfemale Iron Maiden tribute band and are making their maiden voyage to this country and playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 2 June with tickets, including special packages, via Moshtix. RED FANG Presented by Destroy All Lines, Portland’s Red Fang will have Drunk Mums with them when they play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 16 May with tickets via Moshtix.
FANNY LUMSDEN Country singer Fanny Lumsden is bringing her Country Halls Tour to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 3 March. CIRCA SURVIVE Presented by Metropolis Touring, American alternative rock band Circa Survive will be hitting the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 24 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix.
VERGE COLLECTION Perth’s Verge Collection have a full-length debut album, Flaneur, so are taking it out on the road with special guests White Blanks and heading to Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 28 April with tickets via Moshtix. COUNTERPARTS Canada’s Counterparts will have Stray From The Path with them when they present their hardcore punk at Fowler’s Live, 58 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 16 April as a co-headline shindig with tickets via Moshtix. MARK WILKINSON Australian-born singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson, who now lives in the UK, has announced a huge national tour that will have the popular singer playing the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 26 April. GENE SIMMONS KISS’ Gene Simmons has rescheduled his Australian tour for February and will now be coming in August. Those with tickets can obtain a refund from point of purchase or use them for the rescheduled dates. Gene will now be playing on Tuesday 28 August at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre.
adds. “Marta Bayly is also going to come along and sing any of the Emmylou Harris bits.” As well as presenting her own shows as part of Adelaide Fringe, Tara is also involved in another of the festival’s many events.
tara carragher TARA CARRAGHER By Robert Dunstan Adelaide-based singer songwriter Tara Carragher first presented a tribute show to American country singer Lucinda Williams as part of Adelaide Fringe back in 2011, but is now set to remount a revised version of the show under the name Righteously. We both laugh about the number of people complaining that there are way too many ‘tribute’ shows making up this year’s Adelaide Fringe.
“I tend to agree,” Tara says diplomatically, “but tribute shows are a point of difference. If I was to do my own show singing my own songs during Fringe time, who would come? But a tribute show is something different and it’s hard enough as it is to stand out amongst hundreds and hundreds of other shows.
“With all the expense of putting a show for the Fringe together – registration fees, posters and promo – you really do have to make it work,” she reasons. “But, yeah, I do feel a pang of guilt whenever someone says, ‘Ah, another tribute show’, but at least mine is in keeping with what my original material is all about.
“I’m a singer songwriter too and it’s not as if I am doing a tribute show to a well-known, high profile act that everyone will flock to,” Tara suggests. Tara then says she first got into Lucinda’s music when she was working alongside guitarist Ken Cooke many years ago.
“It was when I was first starting to write songs and Ken had also said to me that I sounded like Lucinda Williams and, at the
time, I didn’t even know who she was,” she says. “So he played me Drunken Angel and then lent me her Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album and I was hooked immediately.
“Yeah, I’m playing at Trinity Sessions as a fundraiser for Orange Sky Laundry who look after homeless people, so that’s a very worthy cause,” she says of performing at an early morning church service at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 10am on Sunday 25 February alongside Ireland’s The Young Folk, Courtney Robb, Snooks La Vie, Richard Coates and Cosmo Thundercat with the morning’s proceedings to be followed by a BBQ.
“She is also such a strong woman who The singer songwriter is also currently doesn’t seem to care what anyone else writing for a new album. thinks and that attracted me to her as well,” she continues. “I do feel a pang “Lucinda is different but is given myself a deadline for of guilt whenever “I’m not afraid to be different. the middle of the year to start someone says, ‘Ah, recording,” Tara concludes. “By the She’s also had incredible musicians backing her. another tribute end of June I’m hoping everything show’, but at least will be ready to go.” “There’s also a massive mine is in keeping amount of fragility and vulnerability about her with what my As part of Adelaide voice but it’s also very original material Fringe, Tara strong as well,” Tara says. is all about.” “And, lately, the essence Carragher and of her voice has changed her righteous again. She’s becoming more and more Lucinda as she gets older. band will be presenting “She’s grown a lot and I think her dad passing away had something to do with that,” she decides. “Lucinda is also now said to be happily married but certainly hasn’t lost any of her edginess because of it.” Tara, who has seen Lucinda play live on several occasions including a show in the US with the late Tom Petty which turned out to be the last concert he would ever do, will be backed by an able band and has selected songs that span Lucinda’s 13-album career.
“I wanted to put something together that would please the diehard fans but not put off the people who were not all that familiar with her stuff,” she announces. “So I’ve put in songs from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, some stuff from Essence, some songs from Sweet Old World, and a song called Buttercup from Blessed. “And there’ll be songs from other albums too such as Little Honey and West,” Tara adds. “And I’ll be doing The Ghosts Of Highway 20 from her latest album,” she
a Lucinda Williams tribute, Righteously, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, SA, at 8.30pm on Saturday 10 March and from 4.30pm on Sunday 11 March with tickets via FringeTIX. https://adelaidefringe.com. au/fringetix/righteouslythe-music-of-lucindawilliams-af2018
dj jess & max He will then be playing with his band, The Memphis Suns, from 5pm at Mixed Creative.
raunchy sugar THE PORT ROCKS By Robert Dunstan The Port Rocks is celebrating its 10th year as a free entry event taking place in various Pt Adelaide heritage pubs, galleries and wine bar venues as part of Adelaide Fringe on Sunday 25 February. The event kicks off at 10am with the annual car and motorcycle event Show’n’Shine in North Parade Car Park adjacent to the British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Pt Adelaide, with the free entry action continuing in the area until around 8pm with the weather forecast predicting a sunny day with an easy 22 degrees. Raunchy Sugar were involved in last year’s The Port Rocks and are excited to be taking part again as it will allow the five-piece band to focus on their rock’n’roll and rockabilly covers. “We really loved fitting in with the whole scene last year,” vocalist Madz Winter, who plays in the combo alongside fellow lead vocalist Jessica Reed, guitarist Ian ‘Mad Dog’ Lehmann, drummer Andy Spry (or Dean Edwards on occasion) and double bass player Michael Winter, states.
Jess now has over 30 years of experience as a mobile DJ which began as a teenager and he has since been engaged to spin discs at hundreds of private functions, weddings, birthday parties and such with his ’50s-inspired selection of platters.
These days, whenever possible, Jess is joined by his young son, eight-year-old Max, also a budding musician who already has his own band, who announces a few songs when his dad is DJing.
“And we have the whole pin-up thing going on when we do those kind of gigs,” she says THE PORT ROCKS PROGRAM of their stage attire that’s in keeping with the rock’n’roll themed event. North Parade Car Park Show n Shine (10am - 4pm) Raunchy Sugar formed in 2012 to play rock’n’roll covers but have since expanded British Hotel Port Adelaide their repertoire. DJ Jess Mallia (10am - 2.30pm) Cassablanca Pin Up Parade (1.30pm “Yeah,” Madz agrees, “we started off doing 2.30pm) rock’n’roll covers and some rockabilly stuff Raunchy Sugar (2.30pm - 5.30pm) – which is great for those kind of gigs and for interstate festivals – but we also started Newmarket Hotel playing more as a party band. Marlene Richards (1pm - 4pm) ‘And we now get more work as a party band doing all kinds of stuff,” she continues. “It’s just generic party stuff that everyone knows but it’s always fun to do a rock’n’roll gig. There’s not many femalestyle rockabilly bands in Adelaide so that makes us a bit different.”
Dockside Tavern Dockside All Stars (1pm - 2.30pm) Rock N Roll Radio (4pm - 8pm) Korked Lil’Diva (2pm - 5pm)
The Railway Hotel Madz says they are continually adding new Chesterfield (2.30pm - 5.30pm) songs to their set list. “When we first started it was all the old rock’n’roll and rockabilly from the ’50s but then we started adding some contemporary rockabilly by doing songs by artists such as Imelda May. And that gives our sound a more modern feel. We also throw in a bit of blues as well sometimes. Raunchy Sugar also boast two lead vocalists, Madz and Jessica.
“We each sing lead and then do backing vocals when the other one is singing,” Madz says. “And having two lead vocalists means we can do stripped-down shows with just the one of us on vocals.” DJ Jess Mallia is up for a busy day as he will be spinning discs at The British Hotel from 10am and also as part of the Cassablanca Pin Up Parade at the hotel until 2.30pm.
Michonne ‘Reds, Whites and Bites’ Brendan J Williams (3pm - 5pm) Lighthouse Wharf Hotel Austin Bray (3pm – 6pm)
Commercial Hotel Port Adelaide Heavy Load (3pm - 7pm)
Mixed Creative The Memphis Suns and Orangutang (5pm - 8pm)
starts because it’s a Las Vegas show set in 1960,” he continues. “And what that allows for is costumes, different hairstyles and a whole heap of songs from 1960. There’s some rock’n’roll, some swing and some of the big pop songs of the day. And it has my cheeseball humour.
buddy diamond BUDDY DIAMOND By Robert Dunstan Buddy Diamond is a Vegas crooner that Andy Seymour has created to present songs from 1960 as A Night At the Stardust for Adelaide Fringe. “It’s a brand new show but one I started writing at least 10 years ago,” Andy, wellknown for his popular Elvis tribute shows, says. “It’s one of those things I’ve revisited over the last 10 years and have been continually adding to it. “And, to be honest, I don’t know where Buddy Diamond stops and Andy Seymour
“There won’t be a narrative as such because I am just playing this Buddy character who is cheesy and has a slightly high opinion of himself,” Andy reveals. “He thinks he’s pretty cool without being smarmy and is very selfassured. Buddy thinks he’s a pretty hep cat. “There will also be a section in the middle of the show with a huge double drum solo with myself and Steve Todd doing [Duke Ellington’s] Caravan,” he adds. “We just try and outdo each other with more and more drums until it becomes ridiculous.”
Andy, who will be backed by a formidable eight-piece band, says he keeps getting asked if there will be any Elvis songs in the show. “I wasn’t planning to but I keep getting asked,” he sighs. “It was kind of a conscious decision not too. But, you know, it’s not too late to throw something in. Maybe Stuck On You because that’s one from 1960. But maybe not.” In recent times Andy has shied away from mounting large shows and has been doing smaller, more intimate gigs.
like Tom’. And I argued that I’ve always dressed like I do. Tom and I must share the same tailor. “And then the guy who owned the theatre in New York said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll fight this’, but with me knowing a bit about how the law works said, “No, no, we won’t do that. We’ll just add some songs by other songwriters’.”
“I decided to stop taking the huge risk of doing big shows in large venues because it was getting too hard,” he says. “So now I do small rooms – restaurants and cafés such as Café Ruffino – and, you know what, the small fish taste so much sweeter.
“Unless you are involved in something like Adelaide Fringe, doing the big, big shows is just not worth the risk and organisation,” Andy reasons. “But I’m having a ball doing the smaller shows.”
The entertainer concludes by saying he will keep Buddy Diamond 1960: A Night At The Stardust in his arsenal. “It’s too good a show not to continue with it when I can,” he says. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into putting it all together and I have invested a lot into it. It’s not a show I’ve quickly thrown together for Adelaide Fringe.”
Andy Seymour will present Buddy Diamond 1960: A Night At The Stardust as part of Adelaide Fringe at The German Club (AKA The GC), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 7.30pm on Saturday 24 February with tickets via FringeTIX. https:// adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/ buddy-diamond-1960-a-nightat-the-stardust-af2018 and drummer Mark Meyer, still tours with John Waters in the long-running Lennon Through A Glass Onion, also has a Leonard Cohen tribute show. My Leonard Cohen, on the go.
Stewart D’Arietta is presenting Belly Of A Drunken Piano as part of Adelaide Fringe at The German Club, (AKA The GC), 223 STEWART D’ARIETTA The show, which has enjoyed a successful Flinders St, Adelaide, at various run in Sydney, now features Tom Waits By Robert Dunstan times (6pm and 7.15pm) from songs, of course, alongside material penned Tuesday 27 February (preview) by Randy Newman, Tim Buckley and even through until Sunday 18 March Stewart D’Arietta’s Adelaide some Ian Dury. with tickets via FringeTIX. Fringe show, Belly Of A Drunken “The majority is still Tom Waits – still such https://adelaidefringe.com.au/ Piano, began life in New York lovely songs to sing – but I also like Randy as a loving tribute to Tom Waits Newman so there’s now a couple of his in the fringetix/belly-of-a-drunkenshow,” Stewart reveals. “And I love Ian Dury piano-af2018 but came under threat when
he received a cease and desist order from Waits’ lawyers after he’d been doing it for about five years.
so I’m doing I Wanna Be Straight. And I’m also doing Ian’s Wake Up & Make Love With Me because I love the opening lines.
“But it’s mainly just Tommy Waits because I know about 30 of his songs,” he adds. “And they are mostly from the early years. I dig those early albums but am not quite so keen on his more recent stuff.”
“So I rang them up to ask what it was all about,” Stewart recalls with chuckle. “And they said, ‘You are impersonating Tom without permission’. I said I wasn’t really Stewart, who will be backed by a trio doing that and they said, ‘But you even dress including double bass player Lyndon Gray
Islands, and more and with tickets via Oztix. JAMIE HUTCHINGS
Cello and autoharp player Xavia (Xavi Nou) has packed her chattels and is heading down from Alice Springs to play a free entry show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Friday 9 March at which she will have Jen Lush and her band as special guests. URBAN GUERILLAS
American hard rock band BulletBoys have a long history and a legion of fans and will be making their first ever trip to this country to rock hard at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, for a licensed all-ages affair with special guests Dellacoma and more on Saturday 5 May with tickets via Moshtix. LOWTIDE
Lowtide have just announced the release of a new album, Southern Mind, and are taking it out on tour which will have the Melbourne shoegazers gazing away at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 7 April with Dean Forever as special guests.
Jamie Hutchings has a brand new offering, Bedsit, and will be launching it at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 14 April with Alana Jagt as special guest. HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE
Urban Guerillas, featuring Ken Stewart, are an Adelaide band who took off many years ago to find their fame and fortune in Sydney but who are now heading back to grace the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with their uncompromising punk tunes from 9pm on Thursday 17 May with no less and no more than David Robinson as special guest. CARUS THOMPSON
Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre will close for a well-deserved facelift but not before a grand closing benefit gala starring Johanna Allen, Cameron Goodall, Nancye Hayes, Ali McGregor, Meow Meow, Rob Mills and Tim Rogers with MC Jane Doyle and storyteller Peter Goers on Saturday 24 March with all proceeds raised go towards the theatre’s renewal project. Book at BASS. WALKEN
Fremantle’s Carus Thompson is in touring mode and will be playing the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 20 April to present songs from his latest album,
Brisbane-based trio Walken have pieced together an Aussie tour in support of their long-awaited new EP, What’s Your Environment?, and will play the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 10 March.
concerts in Adelaide despite having his own punk rock gig later that evening.
Pete, accompanied by some cohorts, attended Chad’s show and expressed interest in him making a return to Adelaide to play before an audience who would likely greatly appreciate his act.
Chad, who appeared in the Australian films Newsfront and Dimboola, is also the subject of an hour-long documentary, I’m Not Dead Yet!, which partially came about when radio station 4GY mistakenly announced his passing in 2008. The Umbrella Entertainment documentary, narrated by no less than Tex Perkins, was directed by Janine Hoskins and features appearances from a number of country music stars.
chad morgan CHAD MORGAN By Robert Dunstan Australian country music legend Chad Morgan (OAM) – who turned the ripe age of 85 earlier this month – is coming to Adelaide to play a huge show alongside some punk rock bands! Chad, the eldest of 14 children, came to fame way back in 1952 with his Regal Zonophone/ EMI recording The Sheik Of Scrubby Creek – and he is now often referred to as that – and has since enjoyed much success on the country music circuit due to his goofy songs and trademark buck teeth.
Legend has it that Chad, who gave up drinking in 1984 but who still swears like an effing sailor, once made a dental appointment to get his teeth fixed but missed the rendezvous and has lived with them ever since.
He has attained some kind of cult status due to songs with titles such as Funny Darn Cattle Those Women, Shotgun Wedding, The Dinkum Dill, I’m My Own Grandpa and once a released a compilation album under the name Sheilas, Drongos, Dills & Other Geezers. Chad, who penned a verse for the legendary Gordon Parsons’ song Pub With No Beer, is coming to town due to Studmuffin Tours’ Pete The Stud (also of the bands The Bloodsucking Freaks, The Pro-Tools and more) catching one of his late afternoon
Presented by Studmuffin Tours, legendary country music legend Chad Morgan (hitting the stage at 8.30pm) will have The Muirs as special guests when he comes to town from 7pm on Thursday 1 March to play Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, with MC Dick Dale and riotous entertainment from Piers Diprose, Hellbound & Proud, The Cut Snakes, Badge Club, The Pro Tools (unplugged) and DJ Kami presenting his infamous Redneck Lounge and with tickets via Moshtix. http://www.moshtix.com. au/v2/event/chad-morganguests/101842
when you are taking off on a long drive and usually staying overnight. And three of the band members are from the country anyway.
‘And, let’s face it, there are only so many times people want to see a tribute act so we’ll give the city shows a miss this year – although we will do one at the Gov sometime later in the year – and do some regional shows – we’ve got two gigs up in Clare as part of their Gourmet Weekend – and also look at heading interstate. We just need to work out the logistics of that because half of the band have day jobs.
satisfaction SATISFACTION By Robert Dunstan Satisfaction – The Stones Show, an eight-piece Adelaidebased outfit who present the music of The Rolling Stones, have been going for around 20 years and as their city shows usually sell out, they are looking further afield in 2018 with some regional shows and a possible interstate venture. Their first regional outing is coming up at Wallaroo Town Hall as a fundraiser for The Royal Flying Doctor Service. “It’s a great service and they do great work,” the band’s long-serving drummer, Paul Sharman, enthuses. “We are only just into 2018, and I believe they have already done over 120 flights from the Wallaroo and Kadina area. A lot of people don’t realise the huge amount of work they do.” Paul kind of fell into playing with the tribute band – then known as The Rockin’ Stones – many years ago and is now the only member remaining from that period.
“I actually hated tribute bands and didn’t even really like The Stones because I came from a background of playing in original punk bands,” the drummer says of working with acts such as The Spikes. “So I kind of fell into it because, at the time, they were working four or five nights a week. I’d taken a break from work and it was a lifechanger for me. “Ironically, as a kid, the first song I ever drummed along to was Honky Tonk
Woman,” Paul then laughs. “And I’d always loved the music of Chuck Berry so it was kind of a natural thing for me to play with a Stones tribute band. And I now absolutely love Exile On Main Street.”
The drummer also says that regional venues such as town halls are a delight.
“Some of the architecture is amazing,” Paul enthuses. “Whenever I can, I have been checking them out and the Wallaroo Town Hall is said to be in the top five, certainly size-wise, of town halls in the country. It was built when the town was flourishing due to the copper mining that went on there until the 1920s.
“It’s also great to play to people in the country because, generally, they have few inhibitions,” he concludes. “They just want He says that the sheer variety of to go out for the night, hear The Rolling Stones’ “It’s also great to some music and have a good material makes it more play to people in the time. And they are grateful that interesting for the have taken the trouble to country because, bands musicians involved come and play for them.” and punters than other generally, they have tribute acts.
few inhibitions. They just want to go out for the night, hear some music and have a good time.”
“The Stones do a bit of everything,” Paul says. “There’s the country of Sweet Virginia, the disco of Miss You, the rock songs and the bluesy stuff,” Paul says. “And, as of yet, we haven’t even explored the psychedelic era of Their Satanic Majesties Request.”
The tribute act invariably select an original act to open for them and making the trek to Wallaroo will be none other Don Morrison who will take the opportunity to play in Arthurton the evening before the big Wallaroo show. “I’ve known Don since I was in a band called Last Resort who played with his band,” Paul says. “And the people in Wallaroo will love him – well they will like his flannelette shirt anyway – because he’s such a down to earth bloke.”
Paul says the band will concentrate on regional shows in 2018 due to a number of factors. “The first one is that people have been asking us to,” he says. “And we now have a team that can travel together without any issues coming up. That’s important
Satisfaction – The Stones Show are heading up to Wallaroo Town Hall on Saturday 3 March for a benefit show for Copper Coast & District Support Group and Royal Flying Doctor Service for a BYO food and drinks affair with no less than Don Morrison as special guest and with tickets via Trybooking or by calling 0417 826 524 or 0437 724 473.
sleep with Robert’s wife to keep things even or will have him killed. The farce continues from there with many a laugh to be had.
Ding Dong marks the acting debut of Will Oakeshott (pictured left as Robert) and he does very well. His projection is exceptionally good, while Nikki Souvertjis (right), playing the obnoxious French maid, is outrageously over the top but in a perfectly good way. All the other actors, Robert Donnarumma as Bernard, Anna Marin as Jacequline, Noni Pandey as Barbara and Petra Taylor as Robert’s wife, acquit themselves very well and if there were any fluffed lines I missed hearing them.
ding dong DING DONG Lithuanian House Saturday 9 February Reviewed by Robert Dunstan A local amateur theatre company, Unmasked, are currently presenting the play Ding Dong (and English adaptation by Tudor Gates of Marc Camoletti’s Sexe et Jalousie) under the direction of Allen Puttock.
The venue, tucked away in the leafy streets of Norwood, boasts a traditional stage and a licensed bar which remains open during the performance for patrons to quietly whisper their order.
Set entirely in the living room of an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the play begins with Bernard discovering that his wife, Jacqueline, is having an affair with Robert. Being a businessman, Bernard gives Robert two options to compensate for the affair. Either he will
The cleverly-constructed piece also requires a fair bit of concentration as the characters continually scheme and lie so much to get out of trouble that it can become a tad bewildering at times. “It’s all so confusing,” one of the actors – I forget which now – yells out as the convoluted plot continues to thicken. Ding Dong, which has Flamenco guitarist Peter Gaetjens as some unexpected entertainment before the play begins and at intermission, is a great romp from go to whoa and an entertaining night of theatre.
Ding Dong continues at Lithuanian House, 6 Eastry St, Norwood, at 8pm on Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February.
For more information, please visit https://unmaskedtheatre. wordpress.com/
makes it, perhaps, the most awful of wars? It certainly appears to be a conflict that resonates very deeply with people, even today.
GUY MASTERSON by David Robinson Olivier Award-winning producer, actor and director Guy Masterson is back in Adelaide for this year’s Fringe Festival, where he is presenting a series of four plays that address themes emerging out of the topic of warfare. We catch up with Guy upon his arrival in Adelaide and ask him how the Lest We Forget series came into being.
First World War you were dubbed a hero, which he could never understand. He never spoke about his experiences until very close to the end.
“I think it does,” Guy says. “It was still a romantic time. People didn’t know how to express their feelings; they didn’t have Facebook or 24-hour rolling news. The information that the public were receiving was controlled. They (the government) did not want the people to rise up against the war effort. “They also wanted to keep the stream of recruits coming, to fight on their behalf. Against the backdrop of this naïveté and this imperialistic drive towards maintenance of the empire, a lot of lies were told.
“Will interviewed and recorded him and then finally put “We were literally, as “They also together this show. It is wanted to keep Wilfred Owen put it, effectively a conversation sending these cattle with his forbear which the stream of out to be slaughtered. leads us into the recruits coming, There was no real handconscience of a soldier. It’s to fight on their to-hand combat; most very cleverly put together; behalf. Against people were killed by an an extraordinary theatrical unseen bullet or by trench experience. I thought this the backdrop of mortars. It wasn’t war in would be a perfect partner this naïveté and the traditional sense. It for Anthem For A Doomed this imperialistic wasn’t really fighting in the Youth. drive towards traditional sense. So there “It started back in 2014 when I was maintenance of was no real heroism, in the working on a commemorative piece “Later, I was in Edinburgh the empire, a lot traditional sense. It took for the First World War centenary,” and Tim Marriott (The away all romantic notions of lies were told.” Guy begins. “It was called Anthem For Brittas Empire) came up of fighting for your country. A Doomed Youth. I was looking for to me and he had two a title and Wilfred Owen’s seminal pieces associated with war and its “When we look back at the poetry that poem Anthem For Doomed Youth was effects,” Guy continues. “Mengele is was written at the time, particularly so potent but I didn’t want to just the story of Josef Mengele facing his by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred copy the title. When I finally settled on own conscience. And Shell Shock is Owen, and the graphic quality of their the poems that I’d chosen, as well as a black humour piece about the poems, against the romantic backdrop, excerpts from short stories, the whole effects of PTSD. I thought that these all the romanticism of war evaporates. program felt like an anthem. So I called four plays would make a remarkable it Anthem For A Doomed Youth. group. “No one really knew what the First World War it was about,” he explains. How did the three other plays in the “And I called it Lest We Forget. “Not the people that were fighting. series get your attention? People can come to see one or all It was so horrific; so many people four and be left with no doubt – we died, millions and millions. All for the “It just so happened that I came need to be able to think about war protection of a fading empire and a across another piece, Between The and its effect on the combatants bunch of family members who were Crosses by Will Huggins, which is an before we send them off to fight on angry at each other. extraordinary story. It’s a true story our behalf. That’s why the title was of Will’s great uncle, Edgar Huggins. chosen.” “So, the tragedy and futility of the He joined the war effort in 1914, First World War resonates. Against ostensibly to look after the horses In recent years we have seen the this backdrop of futility, it becomes on the front, but he ended up seeing Great War used as the setting for incredibly moving, and provides very action at the Somme and Ypres. And many productions. Do you think clear reasons why we shouldn’t go to he survived. As a survivor of the there is something about WWI that war.”
It is certainly hard to imagine, these days, whole villages and towns sending off all of their youth to fight a war where the reasons for fighting were so obscure.
“And obsfucated,” Guy adds. “These kids went off to fight for King and Country. In that brilliant Wilfred Owen poem, which I end with, Dulce Et Decorum Est, he says if you could see what we have seen, ‘you would not tell with such high zest to children, ardent for some desperate glory’. There was no glory.”
=“These factors all fed into my thinking. The Bakehouse is a yearround venue, as is Holden Street. It’s where people are used to going and I felt that that was probably the best way to get that audience into what I am producing. I needed to provide what they wanted to see in a place they wanted to go to.”
You have been coming to Adelaide for many years now. CIT shows featured relatively small casts and minimalist sets, relying on the strength of the writing and delivery. This is consistent with your You’ve performed at quite a few Fringe seeming preference for solo shows venues over the years. Higher Ground generally. Is this simply a matter of was home for a while, before that the economics and ease of production, original (very hot) Bakehouse. What or is it your preferred style? do you like about this venue? “That’s a good question. When I “Well, firstly it’s air-conditioned,” he started I was very conscious of laughs. “And it’s a year-round venue. needing to make an impact with The majority of theatre audiences a minimal amount of output. So I in Adelaide are, with the greatest of ventured into the solo show world. respect because there are plenty of As soon as I did so it changed my young people going to the theatre, life. My first solo show was a piece middle-class, older Adelaidians – they called The Boy’s Own Story by Peter love their theatre but there’s not Flannery. Prior to this I had been enough of them. doing TV, film, that sort of thing… I’d never really faced an audience down “They don’t like to go to ‘Fringey’ tent and talked to them directly until I did venues, they don’t want to stay in the solo performance genre. It gave town, they don’t want to party at The me a reason to perform which wasn’t Fringe. They want to go to the theatre about me anymore; it was about the and go home. communication.
“This was such an intoxicating idea for me. Suddenly I could work on the stories I wanted to tell, and I was able to tell them with such conviction that it created an atmosphere in the theatre which became unstoppable. To look an audience in the eye and hold them, get them to listen to the very essence of what those pieces are about, this was intoxicating for me. I fell in love with the genre. “So whilst there is an economic reality to the minimal sets, and the focus is on performance, really what it boiled down to was the crucible, if you like, of communication between the actor and the audience and the writing. The purity of that.” Is there anything else you’d like to pass on to Adelaide Fringe-goers?
“Don’t be afraid of the spoken word,” Guy concludes. “Do not be afraid of poetry. Don’t think it is obscure or unattainable. Don’t hide from the power of theatre. You’ll have an experience that you otherwise wouldn’t get.”
The UK’s Guy Masterson is presenting the four-part production series Lest We Forget at various times at Bakehouse Theatre, Angas St, Adelaide, until Saturday 17 March. Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe. com.au. Interview courtesy of http:// theclothesline.com.au/