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Up Close and Personal with AMC SA Music Hall of Fame - Review

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AMC SA Music Hall of Fame supports Yesterday's Heroes

On Tuesday evening I attended another in the series of the Adelaide Music Collective "Up close and personal Q & A Sessions" at The State Library of South Australia. This unique event coincides with the Yesterday's Heroes Exhibition which has on display numerous memoirs celebrating the pioneering and high achieving musicians and entertainers from Adelaide's past.

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SA Hall of Fame Induction Board

Over the last 50 years thirty-one of the SA Music Hall of Fame (SAMHF) inductees are still performing and are still living in Adelaide. The list reads like a who's who of creative performers. It includes the Master's Apprentices, the Twilights, Fraternity, The Angels, Cold Chisel, Red Gum, Paul Kelly, Swanee, Doug Ashdown, Becci Cole, Casey Chambers, Hilltop Hoods, Guy Sebastian, Sia Furler, M4 SONIC, Timberwolf,The Shaolin Afronauts, Orianthi Panagaris..and the list goes on.

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Let me hear some of those Rock 'n' Roll Records... Chuck Berry. Photo: H. Radford.

The evening program opened with local singer, songwriter & guitarist Tara Carragher and accordionist, Richard Coates (Huckleberry Swedes, Kelly Menhennett) providing some lively entertainment.

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Tara Carragher

Tara and her band perform music which celebrates the Folk heritage of their Irish and Scottish ancestors with a vibrant uniquely Australian sound. She was nominated for 'Female vocalist of the year' in the Derringers Music Awards as part of Adelaide's Backwater Blues and Roots Festival. She writes many of the songs she performs, which are fused with stories and experiences that have inspired her.

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Richard Coate & Tara Carragher. Photographer: H. Radford

Tara and Richard Coates entertained us with a variety of songs from her debut album Big River Crossing, which she recorded' in a shipping container-cum-studio in the New Mexico desert. The album was released in February 2013.

Tara and Richard's performance created a special place for us to listen and be delighted to hear her sing and listen to her fingers dancing on the strings, as Richard accompanied her on accordion.

You an see the Tara Carragher Trio performing at The Wheatsheaf Hotel at Thebarton on Friday, March 6 at 9:00pm

What was to follow was 'Up Close and Personal' interview segment conducted by Founder, SA Music Hall of Fame, David 'Daisy' Day. Unfortunately both Daisy and Brian Vaughton of The Master's Apprentices had to extend their apologies due to illness. Daisy's interviews have been very popular and an integral part of ceremonies honouring SA Music Hall Of Fame Inductees ever since the AC and SA Hall of Fame commenced early 2014.

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AMC Founder and International Drummer, Enrico (Mick) Morena, Founder, SA Music Hall of Fame, David 'Daisy' Day and A Music Hall of Fame (SAMHF) Curator, Victor Marshall.

APRA/AMCOS Chief Gary Burrows who was inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame for his songwriting and his contribution to the music industry over the last 40 years and two and a half decades with APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Society) kindly stepped up to interview Mick Bower (Guitarist, with Master's Apprentices).

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Mick Bowers and Gary Burrows. Photo courtesy Gillie Dee.

Gary and Mick created a lively and entertaining interview, during which members of the audience could participate by asking questions. Mick was in his element as he shared some fascinating and interesting moments about how the band was formed, how they interviewed potential new band members, some of their musical experiences and recording achievements.

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This exhibition includes memorabilia from this 30-year period featuring various musical icons, Photo: H. Radford

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AMC SA Music Hall of Fame Rockin' at The Mortlock. Oh, Such a Night! It really was... Such a night! Photo: Haydn Radford

For those interested in revisiting that 30 year period from 1956 - 1986, when several SA bands and performers shaped the future of popular Australian music, then take time out to visit Yesterday's Heroes Exhibition. This is an incredible exhibition of posters, photos, videos and memorabilia of the Adelaide musicians. who were instrumental in shaping popular Australian music from that era. Many of them were not only pioneers in the music business, but are still performing and continuing to achieve recognition both nationally and internationally.

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Adelaide music Pioneer and Promoter, Alex Innocent donated various memorbilia pieces.

Look closely enough you might even spot yourself or someone you know in one of the many historical photographs of this period. You can check out the program of future "Up Close and Personal" events at the State Library right here.

The "Up Close and Personal" Events are also a FREE EVENT, so come along and hear the stories and experiences of our "Yesterday's Heroes". After the interviews you can meet and chat with them in a relaxing space over a glass of wine or two.

Up Close and Personal with AMC SA Music Hall of Fame - Review
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Why? See FREE performances, Up Close and personal interviews, and an exhibition of various items promoting and /or belonging to various yester-year music icons who helped shape popular Australian music.
When: 6 - 8 pm every Tuesday from 7 Feb. to 22 March 2015
Phone: Contact: Steve Burrows Phone: 8207 7626.
Where: State Library Institute Building, corner North Tce & Kintore Ave. Adelaide
Cost: FREE
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