The legendary John Farnham will be headlining this year’s a day on the green at Peter Lehmann Wines on Saturday, November 25th. Fifteen years after its South Australian debut, the popular winery series celebrated their 400th show last year at Peter Lehmann Wines, and expects another full season packed with fabulous events. Mondo Rock, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris and The Badloves will be helping Farnsy kick off the first concert of the SA summer season, in what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable show.
If you’re unaware who Farnsy is, you’re either a newborn or you’ve never been to a 40th+ birthday/footy club fundraising event. Farnham’s career spans four decades and his stats are bloody impressive. Whispering Jack, released in the mid-80s, was the first Australian album to sell over one million copies. Since then, Farnsy’s had 9 number one albums and has won 19 ARIA awards. Arguably, 1986 battler anthem You’re The Voice has been his most impressive feat, having cemented itself as both the nation’s war cry and the tell-tale tune informing you that your folks are having a big one. He’s also the unofficial record holder for having had more final tours than your local rug shop has had closing down sales.
Farnsy is equally stoked to be playing a day on the green as we are to have him. “I’ve always had a fantastic time playing at a day on the green,” he said. “The locations are such beautiful venues to perform at and the crowds are always great. I’m really looking forward to the shows.”
A slew of Australian powerhouses will be assisting Farnsy in making this concert one of a day on the green’s best. Mondo Rock have provided an Aussie rock soundtrack for the past 40 years. Proof of their craftsmanship can be found in State of the Heart, Chemistry, Summer of ’81, Primitive Love Rites, Baby Wants to Rock, No Time and Come Said the Boy. In fact, Mondo Rock have just released a greatest hits album, featuring the OG version of A Touch Of Paradise, which Farnsy recorded four years later.
Steering the tunes in a moodier direction, Kate Ceberano’s soulful voice and enchanting stage presence have gifted her with a stellar career. As the most prolific Aussie female recording artist of the era, Ceberano has released 24 albums over 30 years. She’s sung for Prince Charles, won Dancing With the Stars, starred in Jesus Christ Superstar and has even had her own TV show. Her funky blues and jazz vibes coupled with Mondo Rock’s chemistry will ensure punters get serious bang for their buck.
Finally, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris and retro legends The Badloves will be rounding out the spring line-up. Despite originally finding his fame in pop, Morris was reborn in 2012 when he took listeners on a journey with his blues/rock album Sharkmouth, the first of three albums retelling historical stories of Australian characters, events and places. 46 years after his first release, and at 64 years of age, Russell scored his first top 10 album, and Sharkmouth went platinum. The second and third instalments also topped ARIA charts, and have crowed Morris as one of the nation’s finest singer-songwriters. After taking some time off, The Badloves have reunited and are pumping out more albums packed with their neo-hippy sound. Having toured with Lenny Kravitz, recorded with Jimmy Barnes and produced classic singles like Lost, Green Limousine, I Remember and Caroline, The Badloves complete a stellar line-up of incredible Aussie musicians.
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