Rose Sadleir

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

EACH time Scot Robin takes to the stage as Buddy Holly, he aims to take the au­di­ence back to a time where things were eas­ier.

The Ade­laide-based per­former has been the star of trib­ute show Buddy’s Back! for 17 years.

Robin de­scribes the show as a celebration of Holly’s mu­sic, not a his­tory les­son.

‘‘It’s re­liv­ing his legacy,’’ he says. ‘‘He (Holly) had so many hit songs in such a short pe­riod. He was a pioneer – he had leg­end sta­tus.’’

Robin says peo­ple re­mem­ber the 1950s as an era of ‘‘happy days’’.

‘‘It was an in­no­cent, won­der­ful time when things were easy,’’ he says.

‘‘The show is like step­ping back in time. It’s good fun – con­ta­gious fun.’’

Robin’s two-hour show fea­tures more than 30 Holly hits in­clud­ing That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Rain­ing in my Heart, Rave On and Oh Boy!.

‘‘I can sing like him and have been study­ing his ac­cent and man­ner­isms for a long time,’’ Robin says.

He says his close at­ten­tion to de­tail keeps Holly’s spirit alive.

‘‘The show makes for a great night out. We will have a ball,’’ he says.

‘‘This is our 17th year, so the show re­ally stands the test of time. We got it right from day one and it’s been build­ing ever since.’’

In 2004, Robin per­formed in Holly’s home­town – Lub­bock, Texas – to cel­e­brate Buddy Holly Week, an annual event set up by Paul McCart­ney.

Robin says meet­ing Holly’s fam­ily was ‘‘a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence’’.

‘‘(His fam­ily) wel­comed me with open arms,’’ Robin says.

‘‘I got to jam with the orig­i­nal band. It was hum­bling. They love what we are do­ing. Get­ting the thumbs-up from his fam­ily was the best com­pli­ment I have ever had.’’

plays Twin Towns on Satur­day.

Scot Robin

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