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Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, May 1 & 2, 2012

on May 3, 2012. Posted in Gigs, War Stories Regional Tour 2012

G’day groovers, well what a priviliege it was to play the beautiful Glen Street Theatre at Belrose again. The warmth and intimate nature of this theatre suited ‘War Stories’ perfectly. We performed 4 shows here, two matinees and two evening shows (which were both close to sold out – very exciting!).

It was lovely to be re-united after the shows with some old friends whom I performed with in various musical excursions from my school days in Wagga Wagga. It was also great to see my dear friend Mary Lopez who was a co-founder of the prestigious Talent Development Project of which my sister and I were graduates of. I sincerely appreciated you all coming along to see the show.

There were actually many familiar faces in the audience, people who had seen ‘Peace Train’ when we played ‘The Glen’ back in 2010 – great to see you back again for my new show and I hope you enjoyed War Stories equally as much.

There is no doubt that our show is touching a nerve and evoking some raw emotions in our audiences. It was inspiring to meet the lovely folks after each show and have them share with me so generously their own personal ‘war stories’, some becoming quite emotional in re-living their own accounts. One elderly lady recalled watching the Japanese midget submarines attempting an attack on Sydney Harbour and the frightening sounds of the depth charges exploding on the harbour floor – she was 9 years old at the time. Another Vietnam veteran just held my hand in a vice like grip and hugged me with tears streaming down his face – no words were necessary.

One thing we all agreed upon was that war is not the answer to solve the world’s problems, but it is so important that we do remember and reflect upon the huge sacrifices that so many brave young Australians made for our great country. I feel a great responsibility to do justice to these proud Australians in re-telling their tales and letting their voices be heard again through the songs in our show.

On a lighter note, it was extra special having my lovely wife with me at these performances to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. In between shows on May 1st, we went and had a fabulous lunch at the Bavarian Bier Cafe in Chatswood! It was superb and the staff insisted on showering us with steins of German ale and a pork schnitzel that you couldn’t jump over – I loved it!

After lunch I put my wife to work in manning the merchandise stand in the foyer and selling our CD’s and programs – I needed to pay for the extensive lunch bill!