Cadd and Mor­ris com­bine for dy­namic show of hits

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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

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”.

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