Cadd and Morris combine for dynamic show of hits
Don’t miss Australian music icons Brian Cadd and Russell Morris performing together at the West Gippsland Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 13 at 7.30pm.
After a seven-year break from touring together, the friends for over 40 years are back to perform a limited number of shows.
This show in Warragul will offer a relentless sequence of hit songs, laughter and mockery. Never scared to take a jibe at each other - on or off the stage - they now know each other affectionately as “the turtle without a shell” and “the Cheshire cat”. You figure out which is which.
“It is rare and enjoyable to spend 90 minutes on the stage every night with someone who has travelled the same musical road and number of years as I have,” said Brian Cadd. “It makes the musical highlights, the songs and the silliness all that much more fun. Come and see what we mean.”
Together, Cadd and Morris will deliver a dynamic show of not only their hits but also a selection of 1970s rock classics that are bound to have the audience singing along. They may arrive on stage as 60-year-old mates, but they turn themselves, and their audience, back to 20year-old rockers.
From 1966 until his departure for America in 1975, Brian Cadd was one of the most prominent musicians on the local scene. The singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer remains a key figure in the history of Australian music. Just one glance at his extensive discography indicates his prolific musical output.
Many would say his most notable song is “Little Ray of Sunshine”, a charming song about the birth of a little girl used as the title song for television show “Packed to the Rafters”.
Brian moved back to Australia in 1997 where he has remained for the last 20 years, still rocking and playing to huge audiences nationwide.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame and, in the same year, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM), which he described as an “amazing different kind of honour”.
Russell Morris' career started in 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group “Somebody's Image” and the hit “Hush”. Shortly after Morris left for solo career and his manager/producer at the time, one Molly Meldrum, worked with him to create a sevenminute production extravaganza called “The Real Thing”, undoubtedly his most anthemic song.
In 1972, Morris delivered the equally beautiful “Wings of an Eagle”.
In a huge coup, Morris was presented with the 2016 ARIA award for best blues and roots album for his critically acclaimed “Red Dirt – Red Heart”. Nominated alongside lauded artists Jimmy Barnes, “The Cat Empire”, “The Wilson Pickers” and Kev Carmody, Morris was presented with the award.
He was nominated three times over five years in the best blues and roots album category. He claimed the ARIA award in 2013 for chart-topping release “Sharkmouth”, which became the highest-selling Australian album of 2013. He received a nomination for the follow-up “Van Diemen’s Land”.
In 2017, Russell was also awarded Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the arts and music.
Music lovers, industry and critics alike have praised all three instalments of Morris’ Australian trilogy, which see the artist return to his early influences of American blues and roots.
All tickets to the Warragul show are $60 per person.
For bookings or further information, contact the West Gippsland Arts Centre box-office on 5624 2456 or visit wgac.org.au.
Above: Brian Cadd will bring a “Little Ray of Sunshine” to the West Gippsland Arts Centre when he performs on Wednesday, February 13.Right: Russell Morris will join his long-time friend Cadd in the Warragul show, proving he is “The Real Thing”.