Thank you Adelaide for a truly memorable night on Saturday at the beautiful Adelaide Festival Theatre! To look out from the stage and see 1500 people all stand on their feet in appreciation is truly someting I’ll will carry with me always!
It was fabulous to be joined on stage again with my very talented band, Doug Gallacher, Simone Kay, Dale Allison, Daniel Murray and Mick Malouf who continue to inspire me with their incredible talents and always bring their ‘A game’ and good humour. I’d also like to say a massive thanks to our tireless crew Wayne Sims, Lee Elson and the mighty Dean Stephens who give their all, each show, to ensure our audience truly have a magical expereince throughout the ride on our cosmic train!
Here is the review by Darren Hassan of GLAM magazine….
“Told through anecdotes and, of course, the unmistakable songs that serve as bookmarks of our lives, Darren Coggan delivers a most beautiful tribute imaginable to Stevens/Islam and his life. Supported tightly by The Firecats band and the delightful Simone Kay on backing vocals, Peace Train is a triumph in every way.
Coggan’s voice is so similar to Stevens’ that if you closed your eyes it would be easy to imagine it was the great man himself singing. The show highlighted hits such as Another Saturday Night, Moonshadow, Father and Son and of course Morning Has Broken but also featured songs that were poignant reminders of the emptiness of fame and fortune in I Never Wanted to Be a Star.
Peace Train is not just a musical experience; it is a story of understanding, tolerance and the search for meaning. Australian artist, Darren Coggan, emanated the heart and soul of an equally brilliant man.”
Reviewed by Darren Hassan
Festival Theatre, Adelaide, 9 November 2013
It was also wonderful to catch up with my great friends Brian & Alice DeGruchy and Trev & Marty Warner who came to see us! Brian DeGruchy is the greatest acoustic guitar builder on the planet and I play my favourite DeGruchy in the show, in fact I play it on everything I do! Trev Warner of course is one of Australia’s greatest bluegrass musicians and has been a big influence on my musical career, his son Kym Warner and I are great mates and you should check out his band ‘The Greencards’ who are currently carving them up in the USA! Both Gruch & Trev are national treasures and I loved seeing them and of course their beautiful wives in Adelaide.
I truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to play the Adelaide Festival Theatre again aboard the ‘Peace Train’, ’till we meet again….PEACE!