Darren Coggan Darren Coggan


on November 19, 2013. Posted in Peace Train

What a wild and woolly weekend it was! Thank goodness we had some incredible sold out shows in Cessnock & Tamworth to make negotiating the miserable weather on the road all worthwhile!

It was our first time playing in Cessnock at their new Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, and it was a cracker of a show. I couldn’t get over how far some people had travelled to see us, Newcastle, and even Sydney! It was wonderful to catch up with my great friends Dave & Pauline Muscat from Newcastle who brought all their friends along! Bula! Also wonderful to catch up with Greg & Ronda Astill in their hometown. Greg & Ronda have been such great supporters of my career since I won Toyota Star Maker back in 1996 and have been on my case since then to play in Cessnock. Well, we finally got there, and I hope it was worth the wait! After the gig we drove to Singleton where we stayed overnight, then it was up early and down the familar road to Tamworth!


Our Pianist, Daniel Murray comes from Tamworth and it was with a great deal of superb country hospitality that we were welcomed to his family home for a magnificent brunch – thanks to Daniel’s Mum & Dad for filling our bellies with so much yummy food! Whilst we were bumping in, the heavens decided to open up and caused some minor flooding in the foyer of the Capitol Theatre and the fire alarms to ring out! We were evacuated whilst the Firies did their inspections to ensure us all was OK to continue but it was pretty exciting there for a while, the drowning scene in our show nearly took on a whole new level of reality!

Thank goodness we didn’t have to cancel the show, because it was a beauty, with our hometown pianist, Daniel, receiving a deserved rousing reception from the crowd, giving the show a warm standing ovation!

Sunday’s travel day back to Sydney seemed to take an eternity with the foul weather causing all kinds of traffic chaos. It was a mad dash to the airport to drop our sound engineer Wayne Sims for his flight to Wagga Wagga, making the check in gate by seconds, thanks to a very understanding check in lady ‘Linda’ at REX AIRLINES, Wayne made the flight home – hooray!

Only 3 more stops on this years Peace Train tour before we take a break, and stoke the furnace for a massive year of touring in 2014! I’m looking forward to welcoming you all on board.