- Paul Kelly.
- Bernard Fanning.
- Missy Higgins.
- Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley.
- Vika & Linda.
- Mark Seymour.
I live close to this venue and film/photograph here often over the past several years, so when I saw the Red Hot Summer Tour was going to be on the 26th, I asked Duane (The Promoter) If could photograph it again who told me to contact Eva-who ended up getting me the Pass to photograph which I really appreciated. Thanks so much, Duane McDonald (Regional Touring) and Eva Roberts.
I’ve been trying the past few years to film/photograph bands I grew up listening to and Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning & Missy Higgins I had been trying to do for a few years now, and Ian Moss, (I have done this numerous times in the past 11 years) but not with Troy Cassar-Daley. So I was looking forward to those artists as well as Mark Seymour I did at the last Red Hot Summer Tour back in 2020, also at Bella Vista Farm and Vika & Linda (I’ve done before Girrakool festival) and Bo’Ness (brothers) who I had not seen before.
The day started with Bo’Ness. Twin brothers Callum and Jackson. Very Talented Musicians as well. They started off playing acoustic Guitars. I don’t know their music so I can’t really say what the names of each song were. But they do great harmonies and individually have really good voices and play exceptional Guitar. Callum stayed on Acoustic and Jackson Eventually played Electic guitar, using a Tele. They both are at ease in front of a good crowd who were right behind them. Their MUms birthday too. She was at the Merch tent apparently. Eventually one day they will headline a festival on their hard work over the years. Hope to one day have a chance to film them as they don’t seem to have a lot of Live video online. Possibly on Twitter. Thoroughly enjoyed their entire set though. Always good to hear new music and talented musicians. I can only wish them all the best for The Present Future and will be interesting to see them evolve their music over the coming years.
From their website: Identical twins, Callum and Jackson McPartlane are each one half of the exciting new duo storming the Australian music scene, Bo’Ness Brothers. Their Everly Brothers-esque sibling harmony tangles with acoustic guitars to create a unique Rock and Country blend. At just 19 years of age these boys from the Gold Coast have already opened the national Red Hot Summer tour and melted hearts on The Voice Australia 2020. Of course, we all know success doesnít happen overnight and Bo’Ness have certainly paid their dues. Growing up just outside of Melbourne, in rural Whittlesea, as the children of parents in the music industry, the brothers were drawn to performing from an early age. Every so often we’d be asked to go up on stage with the artists our parents were touring with, recall Callum and Jackson. We would always get good reactions and that helped us big time with being comfortable and confident on stage
Mark Seymour and The Undertow.
Mark Seymour I photographed at the last Red Hot Summer Tour back in 2020. I had grown up listening to the Collectors and saw them once back then. So when I had a chance to photograph him in 2020 I was really looking forward to that show and to have another chance to watch him play and photograph his band and play Throw Your Arms Around Me, Holy Grail, Do You See What I See and a few other’s again at Bella Vista Farm, I couldn’t wait. The crowd knows all those songs. Those songs and his newer ones are just so raw and really inspiring. Mark has such a unique style of voice and playing. His band The Undertow is made up of exceptional Musicians. Being part of Australian Music History. Just a great set. I will add the rest of the band names when I find out who they are.
The Undertow are: Mark Seymour Vocals & Guitar. Cameron McKenzie Guitar. Peter Maslen Drums. John Favaro Bass Guitar.
From Mark’s Website: The following is an excerpt from the Newcastle HERALD: When did you write Slow Dawn and where? Where did the lyrics come from?
“I started writing in South Africa. We toured there in 2017. I was deeply moved by the history of that country and found myself drawing historical comparisons with Australia. Both nations were formed on the back of the expansion of the British empire and the pursuit of wealth by European entrepreneurs. Recent research in this country has re-focussed our attention on the racial violence inflicted on indigenous Australians during the original occupation of land by white settlers and paints an entirely different picture from the benign stories I was brought up with. The song Slow Dawní touches directly on this subject. I spent the early part of my childhood in Victorian country towns where racism was a hidden but largely accepted part of our lives. To draw comparisons between the conspicuous racial violence in South Africa and the secrecy surrounding the massacres of early colonial life in Australia only leads to one conclusion. Australia dodged a bullet.”
Vika & Linda.
I first photographed them both at the Girrakool Festival in 2019. They both have had such a huge career backing some of Australia’s major artists. The Black Sorrows, Paul Kelly (who was on this bill headlining) John Farnham & Archie Roach. As sisters they have a close connection that shows in how they react to each other as they harmonise. Vika does much of the Main vocals (but they swap for each song). She has such a forceful voice, while Linda is more melodic and slightly higher in pitch. Together though, they compliment each other, and when they look each other’s way they give each other a knowing smile. They are becoming well known as their own musical identity and the large crowd knows their songs and applauds each song deservedly. Myself, I enjoy watching and listening to them as if they are a new artist as I’ve always known them as backing singers of the highest calibre, so it’s good to hear them as they make their way as artists in their own right. The band they had were also very good. Guitarist. Bass Player, Keyboard, and Drummer. I will have to search out their names. Just two very talented singers who I wish the very best to in the future.
From Vika and Linda Bull’s website.
Vika & Linda’s approach is simple. We always like to work with Australian songwriters and we love to harmonise with each other. But that statement belies the beauty and depth of their work. After making their public singing debut performing Everything Is Hunky Dory Children Of The Lord in church Vika & Linda formed their own band, The Honeymooners, in 1987. The following year, after being recommended by drummer Peter Luscombe, they joined The Black Sorrows initially for a six-week tour; they stayed for six years. In 2016, Vika & Linda received a Special Recognition Award at the Pacific Music Awards, presented in New Zealand. They were inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame in 2019 by their good friend Kate Ceberano. Kate said, always together forever together we celebrate their important position in the history of Australian music.
Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley.
I first saw Ian Moss on Nov 18th, 1978 Opening for Peter Frampton at the Sydney Sports Ground. Then at The Manly Vale Hotel in 1980 and the Comb & Cutter Hotel (Kerb and Gutter as it was known) at Blacktown. I also saw Ian play with Cold Chisel on February 5, 1979, At Adelaide Oval. In 2012 while walking back with Ian after an interview he had just done at the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival with Rhythm magazine (Which I had filmed) I mentioned how I saw Cold Chisel play that day. He gave me his email and I filmed/photographed him at the Brass Monkey and multiple times since and eventually with Cold Chisel (The Barking Spiders) at the Enmore Theatre and at Parramatta stadium in 2020. I filmed/photographed The Brad Johns Benefit on 10/4/2022 and Ian and Troy did a recorded message (backstage at their gig at the time) for Brad which they showed on the screens next to the stage and from then on I had been trying to film/photograph them both. So to have the chance to photograph them at this show was a great experience for me. Ian has been voted numerous times as Australia’s best Guitarist.
Again, their band was brilliant. Drummer (???) & Bass Player-Zoe Hauptmann. I’d only seen Troy on TV not live and he is such a great guitarist and performer. Together with Ian, it’s such a brilliant show to watch. Two iconic Australian performers together. Troy talks about his Aboriginal heritage which at times is quite painful for him I am sure. His mother is from the Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung people. The son of an Aboriginal mother and Maltese father, says it is time for Australia to tell the truth about its past and the treatment of Indigenous peoples and he wants to be a part of it. No wonder Troy has won so many industry awards as he is truly an Australian Icon. I will also have to try and film/photograph him one day. Always a smile on his face.
From the first song, the crowd cheers for both of them as they share Vocals and Guitar. I wasn’t there to remember every song they played, just take photographs and to watch them play as it’s hard to remember individual songs when you’re engrossed in the Moment and their playing. They both played songs they had written together and in each of their careers. Cold Chisel songs thrown in and Ian’s solo career as well as Troy’s songs from his career and co-written numbers. I usually film bands/festivals as well and then could write down what songs they played. Would have been great to see an entire concert from them. 2 hours or more. An hour is never enough when you’re talking about these great musicians. Bass Player Zoe Hauptmann talented musician who also played with Missy Higgins this day. Just a brilliant set and a privilege to photograph them both together.
From Troys website
THE TCD STORY
Troy Cassar-Daley has released 11 studio albums throughout his thirty years of making music. He is a proud Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung man who comes from a long line of storytellers and shares his musicianship with so many artists across different styles of music. His passion to pen stories about this land and what lies at the heart of it has been a driving force in his career. Troy has been awarded numerous accolades including a record-breaking 40 Golden Guitars, 5 ARIAs including one for the 2021 Country Album of the Year with The World Today, 3 APRA Song of the Year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards plus 2 NIMAs (National Indigenous Music Awards). In 2017 Troy was honoured as the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australasian Roll Of Renown. He has had numerous gold and platinum albums and achieved a staggering 34 Number 1 chart singles. His songs have been the soundtrack to the everyday triumphs, struggles, and good times for Australians from our small towns to the big cities.
Troy Breaks Golden Guitar Record for Most Won! Apr 20, 2022. In an historic night, Troy was named Male Artist of the Year. His album The World Today claimed gold in the Top Selling Album of the Year category, while his track ìSouthî with Ian Moss was named Vocal Collaboration of the Year. Troy has now claimed 40 Golden Guitar Awards, surpassing fellow country legends Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan, to claim the greatest number of Golden Guitars Awards ever won by an individual artist. He performed ìBack On Country,î the lead single from his award-winning album The World Today.
From Ian’s Website
Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound ñ not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ianís distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse ñ as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s. Born and raised in Alice Springs, Ian started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia Cold Chisel. After Moss joined organist and principal songwriter Don Walker and drummer Steve Prestwich, the group took shape with singer Jimmy Barnes and eventually bass player Phil Small, starting the hard grind of playing gigs on the back of flatbed trucks and in suburban hotels. Barnes remembered young Mossy as a boy from the bush who didn’t wear shoes but played fantastically. They hit the road and paid their dues, playing countless one-night stands across the country. The reputation and status of Cold Chisel steadily grew, mainly on the strength of blistering live shows, and in time their well-crafted recordings became staples of radio airplay.
By 1980, with the release of the seminal East album, Cold Chisel was the biggest band in the country. Moreover, they defined a national sound ñ hard-driving rock chased by a shot of blues, lyrics depicting the Australian experience and resonating powerfully with young working-class fans. Mossís voice began to shine through such seminal Cold Chisel songs as Never Before, Bow River (written by Moss), and a gorgeous rendition of Ray Charlesí Georgia. However, efforts to translate overwhelming Australian success to Europe and the United States failed to gain traction, serving to demoralise, frustrate and eventually dissolve the band at the height of its creative powers. While the bandís Last Stand tour in December 1983 closed an important chapter in Ian Mossís musical career, Cold Chisel remains one of Australiaís favourite bands long after its demise.
Troy Cassar-Daley Website: https://troycassardaley.com.au/
Troy Cassar-Daley FB: https://www.facebook.com/TroyCassarDaley
I have been wanting to film/photograph MIssy Higgins for a long time, as part of my journey to record bands/musicians I grew up listening to. Again, was a privilege to be able to photograph such an iconic musician, singer, songwriter, keyboard player, and guitarist. She is quite the talent. Enjoyed everything about her music and playing. She has had quite a life from which to choose lyrics from and every song from her life is very deep and meaningful in its content. Her music is unique to her and you Missy is such only original talent. Her set, most of the crowd knew her songs and sang them out loud. She has such a beautiful smile too and acknowledges everyone in the band as almost family. A Keyboard player(???). Her backup singer (who was about to have her baby soon Missy told the crowd) both have such good backup harmonies. Guitarist (???) and Bass Player-Zoe Hauptmann and Drummer(???) are very talented musicians. I will add their names when I find out who they are.
From Missy’s website
Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies and arrow through the heart lyrics, delivered by a striking voice that clearly means it. After touring the globe with her undeniable songs and unforgettable live performances, Missy’s highly acclaimed The Sound Of White (ARIA Album Of The Year featuring the hits Scar, Ten Days, and The Special Two), On A Clear Night (featuring North American top 20 airplay hit Where I Stood plus Australian #1 single Steer) and The Ol Razzle Dazzle (featuring Everyone’s Waiting and Hello Hello) have sold over two million copies globally. Missy appeared twice on the cover of Australiaís Rolling Stone magazine. She is a five-time chart topper and nine-time ARIA Award winner (Australiaís Grammys). After seven years of touring and recording, Missy quietly took a break from music for several years from 2009 to pursue other interests including a course in Indigenous Studies, as well as making her acting debut in the Australian film Bran Nue Dae.
I remember the early days of his career and eventually Powderfinger were household names and on TV a lot. A mate of mine. Nigel and I played Powderfinger songs in the jams we had at his house. When He played These Days on Keyboard with his band all standing at the one mic singing harmonies, that was a highlight of the day (I will add the bands names when I find out who they all were), it made you think what a great song this really was and what a great band Powderfinder were. Sunsets was another song they played which I always thought was a great song. I am so glad I had a chance to see him perform and sing, play guitar, and Keyboards. Brought back memories from that era and his band. Such a talented Musician.
From Bernard’s Website
Bernard Fanning has accumulated one of the most celebrated songbooks on the Australian rock spectrum. The former Powderfinger frontman has collectively released 11 studio albums producing songs that have become ingrained in the Australian psyche. Tracks like My Happiness, These Days, Sunsets, Burn Your Name, Wish You Well, Songbird, Blue Toowong Skies and Belly Of The Beast have become the moving soundtrack for a generation, with Bernardís emotive and distinctive voice completely capturing our hearts
Powderfinger were an Australian rock band formed in Brisbane in 1989. From 1992 until their break-up in 2010, the line-up consisted of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bass guitarist John Collins and drummer Jon Coghill. The group’s third studio album Internationalist peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in September 1998. They followed with four more number-one studio albums in a row: Odyssey Number Five (September 2000), Vulture Street (July 2003), Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (June 2007) and Golden Rule (November 2009). Their top-ten hit singles are “My Happiness” (2000), “(Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind” (2003) and “Lost and Running” (2007). Powderfinger earned a total of eighteen ARIA Awards,
I have been wanting to film/photograph Paul for a long time. As with most Australian artists, I grew up watching and listening to Paul on TV and the Radio. Live though, Paul and his Band were just brilliant. The crowd obviously knew every song and cheered through each song. Paul has that voice that reminds you of the old Australian bush songs and he sings and plays guitar with a passion that delves deep into everyday life. Makes me wonder why I haven’t seen him perform before. I Missed out on that great live performance over the decades. I also hope to one-day Film/Photograph him.
From Paul’s website
Paul Kelly’s songs dig deep into Australia: how it feels, looks, tastes, sounds. As a young man, he left university and traveled the country, soaking it up. In the 40 years since releasing his first album, Australia and its people have been his special subject. Paul Kellyís songs dig deep into Australia: how it feels, looks, tastes, sounds. From St Kilda to Kings Cross, Adelaide, Leaps and Bounds, Incident on South Dowling, Maralinga (Rainy Land), Randwick Bells, Sydney from a 747. There the bus ride through the cane in To Her Door. A song about our greatest cricketer, Bradman. The Ballad of Queenie and Rover, about Aboriginal artists Queenie McKenzie and Rover Thomas. And Deeper Water is not just about the waves of childhood memory but the joys and sorrows of life itself. How to Make Gravy, a message from a prisoner who can’t be home for Christmas, released in 1996, is now recognised as an Australian classic. And From Little Things Big Things Grow, about the 1966 strike by Aboriginal stockmen on Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, co-written with Kev Carmody, has taught more Australians about the history of the battle for land rights than newspaper headlines ever could.