Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Grant McLennan tribute gig, May 6 2016, Bush Hall

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Grant McLennan's death. His music lives on - Streets Of Your Town influencing Courtney Barnett's Depreston, for example - and will continue to as long as there are music fans and musicians ready to embrace emotionally uncompromising, classic guitar pop.

You might have been to any of the intimate afternoon tributes we've put on in the last 5 years. You'll have seen acts like Robert Forster, Allo Darlin, David Westlake and Luke Haines. You'll know those acoustic sets were brilliant.

But this is the big one. May 6 2016 is exactly 10 years after the death of one of our favourites, one of the greats. So let's make this special. Let's do this in style. Let's plug in the guitars and do it on a Friday night.

So we've got the grand Bush Hall. And we've got quite a line-up:

Stewart Lee is hosting. He's written some new material. And he's playing some McLennan covers on the guitar accompanied by a violinist.

Gerry Love ("The Go-Betweens have been with me all my adult life") is playing with a full band. And that band has pedigree because they've played with some brilliant bands before:

  • Jim McCulloch (BMX Bandits, The Soup Dragons)
  • Dave McGowan (Kevin Ayers, Isobel Campbell, Arab Strap, Teenage Fanclub)
  • Noel O’Donnell (Attic Lights)

Pete Astor
The Wave Pictures
The Wolfhounds
Bill Botting & the Two Drink Minimums
The Left Outsides

Yes, there's still room for one more special guest. We're working on it, believe me.

Some bands are doing all McLennan covers - Go-Betweens, solo and Jack Frost songs - and some are mixing them with their own material. And one band is going to thrash through Karen because that's where it all started. It's going to be one hell of a night.

Doors open at 7pm. The music will start at around 7.45pm. There's a facebook event. And most importantly buy your ticket.

All money from the tickets goes to the bands after the venue costs are paid for.

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