Combe on tour

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The Ade­laide grand­fa­ther and star of Aus­tralian kids mu­sic is on his way to Perth to tour his muchloved Christ­mas al­bum.

PETER Combe is a huge Si­mon and Gar­funkel fan who had as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing the world’s next Paul Si­mon un­til he dis­cov­ered many peo­ple wanted to be the world’s next Paul Si­mon.

Then the for­mer pri­mary school teacher had a rev­e­la­tion when writ­ing songs for a chil­dren’s op­eretta in 1973.

“Writ­ing songs for chil­dren was a com­pletely un­tapped field and I found that re­ally odd be­cause peo­ple wrote sto­ries for chil­dren all the time,” Combe said.

“I just had an in­stinc­tive feel­ing that I knew how to do it.

“I have a very se­ri­ous side but I love do­ing silly stuff, love laugh­ing and chil­dren are ex­actly the same. Maybe I’m just a big kid who hasn’t quite

grown up yet.”

Af­ter a stint on Lon­don BBC pro­gram Mu­sic Time, Combe started in the 1980s to re­lease hit af­ter hit, in­clud­ing News­pa­per Mama, Tof­fee Ap­ple, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Spaghetti Bolog­nese and Mr Click­etty Cane. Then in 1990 came Peter Combe’s Christ­mas Al­bum

with new orig­i­nal chil­dren’s songs for Christ­mas, which be­came a gold record in five weeks and a new Aussie fam­ily tra­di­tion.

“Christ­mas is a pos­i­tive, up­lift­ing time of the year and I wrote about what Christ­mas meant to me,” the Ade­laide grand­fa­ther said.

“The songs on the al­bum have been writ­ten in that same spirit of op­ti­mism. If you leave aside all the crass, com­mer­cial side of Christ­mas, it is a very hope­ful time of the year.”

De­spite the suc­cess, Combe is only 28 years later tour­ing his Christ­mas

Al­bum for the first time, with a con­cert at Su­bi­aco Arts Cen­tre on Novem­ber 25.

It was his 35-year-old son Thom, who works on Combe’s so­cial me­dia and some­time plays gui­tar in his band, that sug­gested there was in­ter­est from fans in a tour in­clud­ing ev­ery track from the fes­tive al­bum.

Mercedes Col­lege choir will join Combe on stage in Perth to per­form the choral sec­tions of his show.

Peter Combe

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