Noosa Festival of Surfing 2007
presented by Global surf Industries
Sunshine Coast Queensland
5 - 11 March 2007
NOOSA TO EXPERIENCE DELIGHTFUL RAIN
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2007 : - - No, the drought isnt breaking. The Delightful Rain in Noosa Heads in March will be the greatest festival of surf music in Australia since the stompin Sixties, with virtuoso surf instrumentalists The Atlantics, heading a bill that includes the reformed Sydney Acid Rockers Tamam Shud and hot new contemporary surf musician (and longboard surfing champion), Beau Young.
Delightful Rain, to be presented at The J, Noosa Junction on Friday, March 9, will be the major off-beach presentation of the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, and the most ambitious musical event the Festival has ever undertaken.
Noosa Malibu Club president Norm Innis says: this concert is going to be a one-off event that no surfer or lover of great Australian rock music will want to miss. Considering the fantastic action were going to be seeing at the beach all week, this is really the icing on the cake, and a real piece of history.
Delightful Rain is the brainchild of Adelaide based entrepreneur David Minear, a self-confessed surf music tragic who used the know-how (and some of the funds) from 30 years in the advertising business to bring together the A-List of surf musicians from over four decades to record at Sydneys historic Freshwater surf club over two weeks in May 2006.
The resulting limited edition CD and DVD boxed set, produced by country rock icon Kerryn Tolhurst and released last October, has become a cult hit around the world, with surf and music websites lavishing it with praise.
Minear says: Many of the really great surf or surf-influenced bands are no longer or rarely performing together, so it was a real effort to get them all together to record. But as soon as we heard the results of the sessions, I started dreaming about putting a tour together. Well, we havent quite got there yet, but this one historic gig in Noosa is a great start.
Headliners, The Atlantics, formed in Sydneys eastern suburbs in 1961, just as the surf boom took off, but it was 1963 before the original lineup, drummer Peter Hood, lead guitarist Theo Penglis, bassist Bosco Bosanac and rhythm guitarist Eddy Matzenik, found an authentic and original surf sound with the release of their hit single Bombora. The drum and guitar driven instrumental captured the power and excitement of surfing and became a huge hit around the world.
The Atlantics were a hit band with a string of best-selling singles and albums throughout the 1960s. They re-emerged with three originals and new guitarist Marin Cilia to play at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Kylie Minogue, then played support for Chris Isaak on his Australian tour. Now back in semi-retirement, their contribution to Delightful Rain is one of the highlights.
Tamam Shud evolved from Newcastle surf band the Sunsets in 1967, and soon became the darlings of the Sydney Underground, playing such cool venues as Paddingtons Mandala Theatre, usually cloaked in a blue haze of marijuana.
Spotted as an emerging talent by surf film-maker Paul Witzig back when they were The Sunsets, they recorded the soundtrack of two of Witzigs early films. Later, when he was making his opus Evolution in 1968, he again turned to the band, now Taman Shud. The resulting collaboration produced Evolution, the Shuds best remembered album.
In the early 70s the Shud flirted with jazz & introduced reed players, but they returned to their surf rock roots when joined by virtuoso guitarist Tim Gaze, then just 15, to work on the soundtrack of Alby Falzons Morning of the Earth movie. Gaze has long been recognized as one of Australias finest guitarists, and he and the original founder and vocalist Lindsay Bjerre are the force behind the Shuds current revival.
Says Gaze; Shud has been a bit of everything over the years, but we always recognize our debt to surfing. Its always been the inspiration, and in Noosa well be paying homage to that.
Support act Beau Yong is no stranger to Noosa, having competed here many times in his longboarding career, which realized him two world titles. Now concentrating on his music career, Beau, son of 60s surf legend Nat Young, has built a huge following with his folksy but hard-edged material.
Tickets to Delightful Rain, presented by The J, will be available online at www.thej.com.au and from The J box office at Noosa Junction. Ph 07 54554455.
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