G’day groovers, and happy 2014 to you all! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing festive season with some good laughs amongst friends and family! I can’t believe it is February and we are all head down into another busy and exciting year of touring.
Last weekend we started out national 2014 tour of Peace Train and it was nice to be back in some familiar territory, catching up with friends and family in both Dubbo & my beloved home town of Wagga Wagga! After a marathon drive from Sydney (has there ever been no roadworks through the blue mountains?) we arrived to play at the beautiful Dubbo Regional Theatre. Great to catch up with some good friends, the Gough family, and some long lost rellies, Harry & Val Coggan. The show was a beauty and it was great to be back on the road with my touring party, Muz on Piano, Simsy on sound, Dean on Lights!
After a sound sleep we were on the road bright and early for home – Wagga Wagga! A cracker of a breakfast in Parkes at ‘Bellas Cafe’ (highly recomend it folks, best breakfast ever!) and we pulled into Wagga around midday with that all too familiar summer heat 40 degrees – smokin! The only thing hotter than the temperature was the audience, who welcomed us to the Wagga Civic Theatre with a sold out show! We have had the privilege of playing every major venue in Australia with Peace Train (including 9 performances at the Sydney Opera House), but I have to say that playing to a sell out home town crowd is about as good as it gets for me – thank you Wagga for your continued support!
I couldn’t play a hometown show and not include on stage with me, two very dear people in my life, Dale Allison on Guitar & my sister Naomi, on Piano Accordion. Both Dale and Naomi have been instrumental in the success of Peace Train (and my entire performing career for that matter) they have been involved with this show since it began in Wagga back in 2006! Dale and Naomi joined Muz and myself for our encore of ‘How Can I Tell You’ and ‘Peace Train’ and they brought the house down!
Big thanks to Mum & Dad for selling the merch and for a sensational cook up on Sunday morning for breakfast – it certainly fueled us up for the drive back to Sydney! This weekend we play the Laycock Theatre in Gosford (SOLD OUT) on Valentines Day and then Saturday night we are in Port Macca at the gorgeous Glasshouse Theatre – still a few tickets left at http://www.glasshouse.org.au/event/peace-train-the-cat-stevens-story