Star-studded week to light up theatre

ONE of Australia’s biggest-selling artists, a legendary English beat group and a tribute to swing music will make for a busy box office at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre this week.

Country music star Kasey Chambers has pulled together a strong line-up of talent for her concert at the venue on Sunday night.

Billed as The Foggy Mountain Jam, the 10-time ARIA Award winner will be joined by acclaimed roots duo Busby Marou, Melbourne musician Harry Hookey and Golden Guitar winner Ashleigh Dallas, as well as a talented backing group called The Foggy Mountain Jam Band.

The group was a hit at Tamworth this year and the Warrnambool show is one of only eight concerts featuring this line-up before Chambers returns to her solo career.

Also on the Lighthouse Theatre bill this week is The Searchers, a band that began as a skiffle group formed in 1957 before morphing into a part of the Merseybeat sound that spawned The Beatles, The Hollies and Gerry & The Pacemakers.

Rhythm guitarist John McNally has been with The Searchers all that time and is still going strong aged 72, while bass player Frank Allen has been with the band since 1964.

In the Liverpool band’s heyday in the early and mid-60s, they had 14 top 50 hits in the UK (including three #1s) and eight in the US, including their covers of Sweets For My Sweet, Needles & Pins and When You Walk In The Room.

They perform at the Lighthouse Theatre on Tuesday from 8pm.

On Saturday from 8pm, stage and screen star Tom Burlinson will pay tribute to the greats of swing music with his show Now We’re Swingin’.

A tribute to Jimi Hendrix, planned for tomorrow night, has been cancelled.

mneal@fairfaxmedia.com.au

n For more on Now We’re Swingin’, check out our interview with Tom Burlinson on the Offbeat page.

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