Hats on tribute to ‘the Sheik’
Friends and fellow artists to honour Chad Morgan with fundraiser for bronze bust
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.