Leg­ends com­ing to light up lives

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

IT’S go­ing to be one of the big­gest com­mu­nity events Air­lie Beach has ever held.

Along with Graeme Con­nors, James Blun­dell, Paul Fenech, Joel Turner and many more, a for­mer mem­ber of Amer­i­can rock band Canned Heat and an Aus­tralian com­edy le­gend will join in the Cy­clone Deb­bie ben­e­fit con­cert, Whit­sun­day SES­sions, on May 27.

James Thorn­bury or “James T”, carved a name for him­self gig­gin’ around Cal­i­for­nia in the 1970s and 80s be­fore even­tu­ally join­ing pop­u­lar Amer­i­can rock band Canned Heat.

“I was lucky enough to play (in Air­lie Beach) last Novem­ber and met a lot of re­ally nice folks there,” the mu­si­cian said.

“I know what it’s like to try to re­cover from a nat­u­ral

dis­as­ter so I was pleased to be able to of­fer some help.”

Steady Eddy mean­while is an Aus­tralian co­me­dian who made a name for him­self in

the early 1990s with ap­pear­ances on tele­vi­sion.

He first stepped onto the stage at the Melbourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val in 1994 and has been en­dear­ing him­self to Aus­tralian au­di­ences ever since.

Whit­sun­day SES­sions or­gan­iser Gavin “Butto” But­lin said he was thrilled with the line-up they had as­sem­bled.

“Ev­ery­thing’s com­ing to­gether. It’s go­ing to be an awe­some day,” he said.

“James T played at the last year’s Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and he just loved the place and the peo­ple and he was keen as. (And) there’s only one Steady Eddy. He’s a real gen­tle­man and lovely bloke and one of the best co­me­di­ans ever I reckon.”

SES­sions will be a mas­sive day of mu­sic, food stalls, raf­fles, lucky door prizes, fire twirling, sand sculpt­ing, face paint­ing and a jumping cas­tle and it’s all for a good cause - the SES.

PHOTO: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON/VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

HE’S BACK: Steady Eddy groov­ing at the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic jam ses­sion last year.

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