Hats on trib­ute to ‘the Sheik’

Friends and fel­low artists to hon­our Chad Mor­gan with fundraiser for bronze bust

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

THE Sheik of Scrubby Creek is about to be­come the Earl of Rooty Hill.

Chad Mor­gan will be hon­oured by his friends and fel­low artists in a trib­ute con­cert at Rooty Hill RSL to­mor­row night.

It’s a fundraiser to help fi­nance the cost of mak­ing a bronze of Mor­gan des­tined for a park in Tam­worth along­side busts of fel­low coun­try and western leg­ends like Jimmy Lit­tle and Reg Lind­say.

And what a line-up it is, with per­form­ers rep­re­sent­ing some 20 Golden Gui­tar Awards.

“We all want to be on the show be­cause it’s Chad,” said Al­lan Caswell, the owner of seven of those Golden Gui­tars.

“He’s still a great per­former. We’ve all learned so much just from watch­ing some­one like that.

“We are all fans, and it’s a great chance just to pay trib­ute to the guy.”

The cast also in­cludes Luke O’Shea (win­ner of six Golden Gui­tars) and Drew McAlis­ter (four) as well as Pat Drum­mond, Dianne Lind­say and Peter Simp­son, The Muirs, Cameron Syrett, Brad Marks and Rhi­an­non Cooke, with a couple of more sur­prises.

Chad Mor­gan him­self is slot­ted in to per­form the fi­nale.

“He closes shows,” said Caswell. “No-one can fol­low Chad.”

He re­called an in­ci­dent at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Can­berra to il­lus­trate Chad Mor­gan’s hu­mil­ity as well as pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“A kid sneaked through se­cu­rity and asked for his au­to­graph, and Chad hap­pily obliged.

“Then the kid asked for a pic­ture, and Chad was fine with that.

“Then he asked if he would put his hat on, and Chad said no. When he puts his hat on, and hits the stage, he’s the Sheik.”

Tick­ets to the Chad Mor­gan fundraiser are only $20.

Singer song­writer Al­lan Caswell will join a host of stars to pay trib­ute to Chad Mor­gan (right) at Rooty Hill RSL and help raise funds to cre­ate a bust of the mu­sic leg­end at Tam­worth.

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