The Mudgee A Day On The Green concert is just under a month away and among the jam-packed bill is Glenn Shorrock, the voice of one of Australia’s biggest exports – Little River Band.
On the bill at Robert Oatley Vineyards this year will be Ross Wilson, Eurogliders, Richard Clapton, Mi-Sex, 1927, Rose Tattoo, Mark Gable of the Choirboys, Gangajang, Thirsty Merc, Steve Kilbey of the Church and Wendy Matthews.
With a career spanning five decades, encompassing The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band, and his solo releases, Shorrock has no shortage of material to draw from.
But having sold in excess of 25 million albums as founder and lead singer of the Little River Band, Shorrock said that it’ll be LRB that will form the basis of his set.
“I’ve done these A Day On The Green extravaganza’s before, they’re fun to do,” he said.
“The only downside is you don’t get to spend too much stage time, so you have to repertoire down to the main hits and thankfully I’ve got a few of those.
“It will be plenty of LRB material, we might do ‘Little Ray of Sunshine’ and there’ll be a duet with Wendy Matthews – she’s a good friend of ours and she came to Australia as a back up singer for me in the early 80s.”
One of the things about Little River Band’s success that Shorrock is particularly proud of was cracking the US market, which he said led to their compatriots following suit.
“Since we did it the door is now open and the cross-pollination between the two countries is very healthy, people from Australia can sell music to Americans readily now,” he said.
“I’m proud of that door opening for everybody.”
LRB is one chapter in a long-spanned career and Shorrock said he feels fortunate to be able to tick as many boxes as he has along the way.
“None of us - especially me - thought I would go this far, but I do remember having a conscious thought when I was about 18 and making it on the Adelaide scene that I would like to be doing this when I’m 50,” he said.
“And I’m way past that now.
“I also said I wanted to have the respect in the business and I’ve achieved that as well, I’m a lucky man because most of my goals have been reached.”
The latest chapter has Shorrock currently touring to promote his his first studio album in fifteen years, Rise Again, a collection of a mix of folk-rock and easy listening tracks composed by himself and a few friends, old and new.
The title track was written by Jason Vorherr and is a positive song about taking each moment as a gift, and moving on and rising through and above any obstacles life may throw your way.
And having long admired Dave Dobbyn, he’s also included his own 2008 recording of ‘Slice of Heaven’.
At A Day On The Green twelve artists that helped define Australian music of the 70s, 80s and 90s will hit the local stage bringing 50 unforgettable chart-topping hits among others.
Each act will perform a 20-minute set to enable the music to keep on coming.
“It’s a potpourri of styles and songs,” Shorrock said.
The concert will finish with an all-star tribute to the iconic Aussie classic by Stevie Wright, ‘Evie’ Parts 1, 2 and 3.
“Stevie was an enigmatic figure,” he said.
“I knew him back in the Easybeats days alongside The Twilights at shows back in the 60s and he was an amazing frontman.”
The 2016 A Day On The Green concert will be held on Saturday, October 22, at Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee.
All tickets are General Admission for $99.90 plus booking fee.
Ogdens will also operate a shuttle bus service from Mudgee accommodation venues and the CBD to the winery, returning after the show.
For all event information, go to the website www.adayonthegreen.com.au.