Fes­ti­val calls ‘Mr Whit­sun­day’

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

KIERAN McCarthy is “Mr Whit­sun­day” when it comes to the mu­sic scene in Air­lie Beach.

At least that’s what Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic founder Gavin But­lin be­lieves, and it’s the rea­son he’s given the lo­cal leg­end a spot on the main stage line-up for 2018.

But Kieran won’t be play­ing solo to the 3000-strong crowd at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

The man who’s played more than 4000 Whit­sun­day gigs in 30 years mostly alone, will fi­nally be sup­ported by an eight-piece band com­pris­ing some of the best mu­si­cians in Aus­tralia.

This in­cludes lo­cals Mark Roberts and Tony Fossey; Da­mon Stone, Johnny Zak and well known gui­tarist Jimmi Hocking; Clare O’Meara, Michael Caru­ana and the Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra.

Orig­i­nally plan­ning to play songs from his lat­est al­bum, Kieran says they’ll in­stead be play­ing old in­clud­ing No­vem­ber and the Whit­sun­day an­them Blue on Blue.

“The only non-orig­i­nal song will be Dia­mantina Drover which is an old Red Gum song and one of the last things Phil Em­manuel recorded with me be­fore he passed away,” Kieran said.

“The plan was for Phil to get up on stage and do that with me so we’ll be per­form­ing it in his hon­our.”

De­scrib­ing him­self as hum­bled “and a lit­tle bit fright­ened”, Kieran was look­ing for­ward to the gig.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of tal­ent on that stage – they all show me up a bit,” he joked.

See Kieran McCarthy & The Spare Parts this Sun­day at 2.20pm.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT TRIP: Creek To Coast host Scotty Hil­lier with his son Bai­ley in the mid­dle and Moon­shine Deckie Mick Mar­shall hold­ing a sail­fish they caught while film­ing.

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