On home turf for vets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

SINGER Brian Cadd will re­turn to his teenage stamp­ing ground next month when he per­forms in the 13th A Rhythm and Blues Va­ri­ety Re­vue for Legacy at As­tor The­atre.

Born in Su­bi­aco, the for­mer Mt Law­ley SHS stu­dent (1959-61) said he had fond mem­o­ries from his school days, in­clud­ing be­ing lined up for assem­bly in height or­der.

“I was al­ways the short­est,” Cadd said. “I used to play pi­ano for the kids to march into school from assem­bly. I played the theme from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

It was dur­ing those for­ma­tive years that Cadd formed a friend­ship with Chris Roberts, a mate who would have an in­flu­ence on his mu­sic ca­reer.

“His fa­ther was a fan of the Amer­i­can Civil War and I can re­mem­ber there be­ing toy sol­diers in their house on ta­bles or­gan­ised into the var­i­ous fa­mous bat­tles,” Cadd said.

“As a re­sult, years later I wrote Arkansas Grass for Ax­iom be­cause I had been so in­trigued by the Amer­i­can Civil War.

“Chris went on to have a long dis­tin­guished ca­reer in the Aus­tralian mil­i­tary, ris­ing to the top of the SAS.”

There was no hes­i­ta­tion when Perth Blues Club pres­i­dent Rick Steele and Perth Legacy mem­ber Peter Heeney in­vited Cadd to head­line this year’s A Rhythm and Blues Va­ri­ety Re­vue.

Cadd, who lives in Mel­bourne, will be fresh from record­ing an Amer­i­cana al­bum in Nashville.

Matt Tay­lor, Rick Steele, Bob Pa­tient, Katy Steele, Bird­land, The Healys, the Rip­pin Horns and Peter Dee are also on the line-up, along with ‘Tiny’ Holly, who will lead an auc­tion.

“Legacy is a great or­gan­i­sa­tion. We need to con­tinue to sup­port our war veter­ans and their fam­i­lies wher­ever and when­ever we can,” Cadd said.

“Hope­fully ev­ery­one will dig deep to sup­port Legacy.”

Su­bi­aco boy Brian Cadd is back in town.

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