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AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head, Joff Bateman and Peter Thornton

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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.

The Adelaide Music Collective Sessions are continuing their programs of great entertainment and entertaining interviews at the Goodwood Institute at 7.30pm Friday, 1 April 2016.

The next program includes inductions into the SA Music Hall of Fame for Headband with Peter Head and Joff Bateman, Robyn Archer and The Mount Lofty Rangers by radio legend John 'Pembo' Pemberton.

There will be a special appearance by SA Hall of Fame Inductee, Eric Bogle with his induction of Fleurieu Folk Festival legend Peter Thornton.

Gary Burrows will be the MC for the evening. In his usual humorous style "Pembo" is bound to provide lots of fun and interest during his interviews with the inductees as he seeks to uncover some entertaining stories about their time of community sharing and their applied "group indoctrination" in all types of music, including chamber music performances.

The evening program will feature performances by:

Mount Lofty Rangers with Peter Head, Chris Bailey, Joff Bateman plus SA Hall of Fame Inductee,Trev Warner ( Fiddle) and Robyn Archer (Vox & guitar).

Headband with Peter head, Joff Bateman, John Carlini and Richard Semmens.


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Featuring "Heavy Piece" with Robyn Archer - Vocal, Steve Bilecki - Guitar, Ron Anderson - Bass and Graham Newman - Drums… Filmed Live at 'Godfrey's' Rundle Street, Adelaide for The Cellar Blues Club promoting Heavy Blues Concert held at The Railways Institute, 30/3/1970.

YouTube clip courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

Robyn Archer AO, has a long and successful career as an entertainer commencing singing at the age of four years. From the age of 12 years she began singing professionally a wide variety of songs from folk, pop, blues, jazz, rock and cabaret. Many Adelaidians will remember Robyn's appearances in various folk and blues festivals and Alex Innocenti's home of electric blues, Cellar Blues Club. Robyn was also an integral part of that innovative band,The Mount Lofty Rangers along with Peter Head and other notable Adelaide musicians and performers.

AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head and Peter Thornton
Robyn Archer. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

Robyn is also a recognised exponent of classic European cabaret, including French cabaret songs. She has recorded with the London Sinfonietta. In 2013 she won the prestigious Helpmann Award as Australia's Best Cabaret Performer.

Robyn has been honoured for several other special achievements and has received other awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award and the Premier's Lifetime Achievement Award (SA).

AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head and Peter Thornton
Robyn Archer. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

The 1970's were a particularly exciting time with many bands in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney performing their original music. Adelaide in 1971 singer-songwriter and rock music pianist Peter Beagley (later known as Peter Head), bass guitarist Chris Bailey, drummer Joff Bateman and singer-songwriter and guitarist MauriI Berg formed a progressive blues rock band called Headband.

AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head and Peter Thornton
Peter Head. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

In its day, Headband was like a Super Group dedicated to creating music, continually rehearsing, performing and playing progressive blues rock with symphonic influences. In Adelaide they played at high schools, rock'n'roll at discos, modern jazz at nightclubs, J.S. Bach for pleasure, blues when feelin' blue, and country and folk when feeling that way inclined. A blend of these influences is evident in their original compositions.

In 1971 Headband supported Elton John's Adelaide show at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.

In 1972 they finished third in the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds, a national performance competition between the best groups representing each state.

In 1973 they supported The Rolling Stone's performances in Sydney.

AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head and Peter Thornton
Joff Bateman: Photo courtesy Victor Marshall.

In 1973 Headband released their debut album A Song for Tooley with tracks ranging from Uriah Heep styled heavy rock to psychedelic pop and progressive jazz. The album featured members of the Sydney Symphony and an 110-piece children's choir. The album with an amazing hand-drawn art cover by internationally renowned Adelaide artist, Vytas Serelis remained on the charts for 5 weeks, making the Top 50.

Headband released four singles before disbanding in 1974.

When Headband split, Peter Head began Mount Lofty Rangers which constantly changed its line-up of notable Adelaide musicians like Bon Scott (ex Fraternity), Glenn Shorrock (Ex Twilights and Little River Band) and Robyn Archer.

The Mount Lofty Rangers developed a strong reputation for producing top quality original music. Many of their songs were compositions by Peter Head, Robyn Archer and Mauri Berg.

The roof of the Goodwood Institute will lift as these artists reunite to perform some of the songs the Mount Lofty Rangers are remembered for. It will surely be a night to remember.

At the City of Onkaparinga 2016 Australia Day Awards the Fleurieu Folk Festival was named "Community Event of the Year." The
Fleurieu Folk Festival Co-Director, Pete Thornton is a inspirational force in making this annual live music festival recognised nationally as one of the most family-friendly and accessible festivals. The festival attracts world renown folk performers from overseas and from around Australia. Every year it continues to grow with audiences of all ages; they love it and the performers love it.

To avoid disappointment it is recommended that you book your tickets.

AMC Sessions and SA Music Hall of Fame Inductions: Robyn Archer, Headband, Peter Head and Peter Thornton
The SA Music Hall of Fame Medallion. Photo: Haydn Radford
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Why? Enjoy a great night's entertainment and see some of our greatest music artists perform, be interviewed and be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame.
When: Friday 1 April 2016. 7.30pm start. Doors open 6.30 pm.
Phone: 0430 410 002
Where: The Goodwood Institute, 166A Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA
Cost: Tickets available through Admission: Adults $38 Con: $33 Tickets at: Bookings recommended to avoid disappointment, or Tickets at the door.
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