We all know of The Beatles and John Lennon. We know he was a brilliant songwriter and a dedicated campaigner for peace. Most of us know his music well and can relate his songs to particular events in our lives. Have you ever wondered what inspired and influenced this iconic writer and performer? Do you know the meaning behind the words that are as relevant today, as the day they were written?
Returning after a sell out performance at the 2016 Fringe, Oranges and Lennons, presented by Gary Burrows, will lead the audience on a nostalgic journey through the story of John Lennon, told through his music.
Gary Burrows. Photo: Courtesy of Gary Burrows
Gary has brought together a show encompassing the life and times of John Lennon, which includes the music that influenced Lennon's writing and performing, together with Lennon's songs from his time with The Beatles and his solo career.
An accomplished songwriter, Gary weaves the music of John Lennon with two of his original compositions, reinforcing the influence that John's music and personality had on Gary's life. Many people can remember where they were when the John's death was announced. Many visit the Dakota building in New York, where John was murdered. It was a visit to the Dakota building that inspired Gary to write "Dakota Night", which is performed during the show, along with the peace anthem, "I Want to Tell You". Originally recorded by Gary, with London bombing survivor Gill Hicks singing alternate verses, the song "I Want to Tell You", was inspired by a conversation about the diminishing influence of the peace movement since John Lennon's death in 1980.
Gary Burrows and Ritchie Yorke, former peace envoy to John and Yoko.
Although the idea of a tribute to John Lennon had been on Gary's mind for some time, it was after recording "I Want to Tell You" that Ritchie Yorke, John and Yoko's peace envoy, encouraged Gary to develop the idea further. It wasn't until a request from Rob Pippan, asking Gary if he would consider presenting a Lennon tribute show for the Fringe, that Gary, together with Rob's band, turned the idea into a reality. Narrated by Ritchie Yorke, the Fringe show was a sell-out, receiving positive responses from the audience.
Gary will be performing an extended version of his show on Sunday, October 30 at The Gov. Well known throughout the Adelaide music scene, Gary has toured Australia with Brass Carnival and later with The Boys, as a drummer, singer and songwriter. Today, Gary's band The Rustlers, draw big crowds all over town and his performances with The Boys are always well attended. Dedicated to the music industry as a performer and songwriter for over 40 years and he has also worked with APRA for over 30 years. In recognition for his work, Gary has been inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame.
The Oranges and Lennons band reads like a who's who of the Adelaide music scene, with Rob Pippan on lead and acoustic guitar, Matt McNamee on drums, John Bywaters on bass, Dave Ross on keyboards and guitar, Nanette van Ruiten and Deb Brunotte providing vocals and Gary Burrows on guitar and vocals. With additional songs, this performance will feature background images of Liverpool taken by Gary during a trip to the birthplace of John Lennon.
This is your chance to enjoy an evening immersed in the life and music of John Lennon, performed by talented and passionate entertainers, who will lead you through a celebration of the work of one of music's best writers.
Bookings for the show are essential. If the last show is any indication, you should book soon through The Gov or through Oztix. Limited tables are available for meals prior to the show, call 8340 0744 to book a table.
Inspired by a conversation about the diminished influence of the peace movement, Gary developed his Oranges and Lennons Show.
Oranges and Lennons Fast Facts:
Where: The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel (The Gov)
Address:Port Road, Hindmarsh
When: Sunday 30 Oct
Tickets: $28 plus booking fee
Dinner doors open: 6:30pm
General Admission: 7:30pm