Darren Coggan Darren Coggan


on November 7, 2013. Posted in Peace Train

The past few weeks aboard the Peace Train have been some of the most rewarding in the history of the show with return visits to Queanbeyan, Wollongong, Griffith & Bathurst. The Q theatre in Queanbeyan was sold out on our arrival and according to the manager, Stephen Pike, he could have sold another 2 or 3 – wow the good folk of Queanbeyan sure do love their Cat Stevens. This was the 5th show we had played at The Q, and due to the strong demand we have scheduled another show for Saturday May 31, 2014!


It was then onto Griffith along some familiar country roads scattered with browsing cows, for another great show to a very enthusiastic audience (apparently the biggest crowd the Griffith Regional theatre has seen this year!) It felt good to be back down in my old neck of the woods and as always Griffith was a picture, with great food, wine and coffee, anyplace you choose to go. There was some kind of ‘Orange’ festival on whilst we were in town, with some fabulous sculputures made out of Oranges! It was also great to catch up with my Mum & Dad who hadn’t seen the ‘intimate & acoustic’ version of Peace Train, so it was like old home week!

guitar orange cows

Friday Nov 1 saw us bump into Wollongong and The IPAC! Well what can I say, a massive sold out house, with one of the most memorable standing ovations I have ever seen. This theatre is very special to me and to Peace Train as it was the very first station that we pulled into with ”Peace Train” back in 2009. It was an incredible feeling to look out into the audience and see so many friends from the great town of Helensburgh, who have supported me so much over the past 10 years livng in the Illawarra – it was the jewel in the crown of this tour, without a doubt!

ipac bump in simsy mixing

Then to round off a great few shows we hit the road for V8 town – Bathurst, where we cruised arount Mount Panorama (as you do when in Bathurst) and again marvelled at how on earth those drivers make those turns at the top at 200km/h – incredible!

bathurst wide