Beggars Can Be Seekers is a cabaret celebration of The Seekers wonderful fifty year career. Featuring Adelaide’s own international vocal group The Beggars: Renee Donaghey, Stuart Day, Quinton Dunne and guest musician Dennis Surmon. The show is playing in Adelaide in June with performances in four suburban theatres and then on June 27 and 28 at 8pm in the Nexus Cabaret, corner of Morphett St. and North Terrace $28/$23 book at cabaretfringefestival.com or get tickets at the door prior to the show.
“The best Australian vocal band since The Seekers” Normie Rowe[Australia] 2011
The Beggars sound is often compared to The Seekers. Little wonder! When Stuart was 6 years old he saved up his pocket money to buy The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits and listened to it ceaselessly. He and ten million others wept as they watched The Seekers final TV special. Quinton toured with The Seekers on one of their 1990s Australian tours, and Judith Durham was an original inspiration for Renee to take up singing.
From the Seekers early days in the Melbourne cafe scene to London, swinging centre of the 1960s pop universe, they rode a rollercoaster of pop/folk hits! In 1968 their BBC TV breakup special Farewell The Seekers broke TV viewing records and their popularity has not faded with the years. In a career with more comebacks than Dame Nellie Melba and John Farnham the Seekers 50th anniversary tour is their final farewell.
Getting from Adelaide to Bendigo to start the tour was a little bumpy. Renee and I were run off the road on Sunday by a sleepy truck driver out side of Horsham, we are both fine thanks to her cat like reflexes and the good luck of having 50 meters of cleared scrub to bush bash our way through just at that spot on the highway where we ran off . Stu did not travel over with us so he flew in on Monday morning to meet us at the theater and his flight was an hour late so he just made it. Whew! The concerts were all return performances and all great. First was The Capital Bendigo a beautiful old theatre then The Clocktower in Melbourne and then the Colac OPACC before heading out for a run of concerts in the bush.
Renee telling them! at The Capital Bendigo
empty house at the Clocktower Centre in Melbourne, that’s my new Chadwick folding bass which folds to suitcase size, thanks to Richard Hibbs for bringing it over from the USA
Clocktower Centre full – Renee is telling them again.
Quinton’s POV at the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre
We self presented our SING show over three nights at Nexus Cabaret and got a fantastic response from the audiences each night with the final show selling out! Opening night review is here. The experience was so good that we have decided to return to Nexus on June 27 and 28 with our new Tribute to The Seekers show but more about that later. This month SING heads over to Victoria on March 16 to start a 6 date tour and then the plan is to start recording a new album.
Stuart rockin the mandolin – [Nexus photos are by Chris Woods]
Quinton with his new folding/travel bass and below Renee singing up an acapella storm
I want to say sorry to all our friends and promoters in Europe but we have to cancel our June/July 2014 tour. Our Australia commitments will make it impossible to spend 20+ days on the road this northern Summer. As always I am keen to tour and I hope it will be possible to come in 2015.