DIARY - 18 NOVEMBER 2003
REVIEW - ADAM HARVEY, BECCY COLE, CAMILLE TE NAHU
WARRNAMBOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
The near capacity cow-cocky-rural rump regiment were not the only folks
to frock up as they invaded the buckle of the Shipwreck Coast Bible Belt
on the Sabbath.
Two of the headliners also revelled in a role reversal at the climax of
a show kicked off by expatriate Kiwi chanteuse Camile Te Nahu and guitarist
Ms Tahu showcased a short set, highlighted by a cover of Audrey Auld tune
'Love You Like The Earth,' 'Nobody's Baby' and 'Storms Never
Last' - a tune penned by the late Waylon Jennings widow and fourth
wife Jessi Colter.
The singer's pitch perfect voice was complimented by a sound mixer who
had no trouble finding it again as she sang harmony for Ms Cole.
Geelong born former Terang truckie Adam Harvey zeroed in on the boys and
girls from the coast as he whipped through Cutis Wayne-Wayne Kemp tune
'Love Bug' and 'Sugar Talk' from the Red Rivers songbook.
But the highlights
were swing fuelled faux peer parody 'Cowboy For A Day,' cheating
song 'The House That Jack Built' and his finale - Tim Nicholls-Bob
DiPiero tune 'When Lonely Met Love.'
introduced his composition 'The Shake Of A Hand' with an anecdote
about a gig at Langi Kal Kal gaol where other vital parts shook.
Harvey tailored his jokes when he introduced his Johnny Cash tribute
'Ring Of Fire' and self penned single 'Call It Love.'
But it was open season on ocker singalong - Chuck Wagon & The
Wheel's 'Beauty's In The Eye Of The Beer Holder' before subdued
treatment of his paternal pride paean 'Little Cowboy Dreams.'
hard-core country, illustrated by family video clips including granny,
was laced by Huey Curtis on fiddle, bassist Geoff Simpson, guitarist French
and subtle drumming.
Cole, who hails from way across the South Australian border at Blackwood
Hill, proved she was a seasoned performer from entree - new single
'Men Don't Dance No More' and 'Big Girls.'
It was a brave move opening with her new single - one of many co-writes
with Tamara Stewart in her set.
But it enabled her to set a raunchy mood akin to a younger protégé
of fellow energised egret, Leslie Avril.
Cole then kicked back with the eulogy to her grandfather, 'Blackwood Hill,'
and equally evocative album title track 'Little Victories.'
The singer, like many peers, suffers a low profile in fad driven cities
but not in the bush or on the coast where scores exposure on Pay TV and
So there was immediate rapport when she exorcised divorce demons from
long departed fiddler Mick Albeck in 'Single Girl Blues.'
"We girls celebrate divorce for the rest of her lives," Cole
quipped before revving up the band she shared with Harvey.
The singer stayed upbeat with her own 'Lazy Bones,' Al Anderson-Craig
Wiseman tune 'Keep On Rockin' and 'Good Old Boys.
Harvey joined Cole for their Slim Dusty tribute 'Leave Him In The Long
Yard' and their collaboration 'How Wrong Is It.'
There was a small dose of Cole corn in crowd pleasing geriatric comedy
tune 'Sorry I Asked' but not in a spirited rendition of 'Wild
Turkey' - a hit for kindred spirit Lacy J Dalton.
Cole proved her musical dexterity by playing fiddle, drums, guitar and
bass in a fiery pre- encore finale.
But it was the encore, with copious cross dressing and role reversal,
that was the visual highlight (see picture).
remember the name of the duet but it was a crowd pleaser.
Especially with many early rising audience members, obviously keen
to ensure there was no cross-dressing among their herds in herringbone
and rotaries at dawn the next day.
The frocking had obviously been work shopped in the NSW club scene
but unlikely to be a staple on the anal alt-country scene in the
smoky suburbs of Fitzroy, Collingwood and environs.
It's refreshing to see that denizens of cities such as Warrnambool
and surrounding dairy belt do not differentiate between rock and
If it's good music they patronise it - irrespective of radio treating
country like a leper.
Harvey in drag
REVIEW - BECCY COLE - LITTLE VICTORIES (ABC-UNIVERSAL)
- COLE THAT GLITTERS
a single woman, what you get is what you see/ I've built a life where
I'm answering only to me/ but you still ask about me, with sympathy in
mind." - 'Single Girl Blues' - Beccy Cole-Tamara Stewart.
Blackwood born belle Beccy Cole split with fiddler husband Mick Albeck
after a short marriage she tore from five times wed songwriter Harlan
Howard's divorce kit.
She didn't hide behind the sheets of shattered chagrin - she exorcised
divorce demons in public.
Cole wrote ruptured romance requiems and eulogies to mother Carole
and son Rikky on her treble award winning second album 'Wild At
Now, with the healing rendering royalties, the South Australian reared
singer has been able to complete the circle without drowning in the
doesn't want sympathy - she revels in her persona as a liberated single
Her co-write with Tamara Stewart on rollicking 'Single Girl Blues'
may be the most overt freedom celebration on her third album 'Little
it's not the only riveting reflection of love in the recovery lane
- 'Life Goes On' and 'Under The New Moon' (with Rod
McCormack, Graeme Connors and Stewart) among the collaborators)
delve into that subject.
That's the beauty of country - it's not fad driven or pre-fabricated
but draws from a well so deep it frequently repeats.
The multi-instrumentalist, performing on our bumpy black tops since
she joined her mother's band Wild Oats at 14, didn't need to search
cyber space to re-invent herself. Cole kicks off her album with
'Blackwood Hill' - a nostalgic narrative about the start
of her career by a deceased grandfather - and 'Little Victories'
(eulogy to unsung heroes.)
might find similar themes in recent award winning discs by Melinda
Schneider and Lee Kernaghan but art oft imitates life.
are no September 11 songs on her disc featuring 12 Cole co-writes out
of 14 songs.
Cole is a radio friendly femme fatale in a corporate wireless jungle.
Beccy and co-writers reflect a variety of heart swings from the tinge
of regret in 'That's The Sound,' desire to love again with no need
of a partner's CV in 'This Time' and a coy cupid in 'Just Shoot
Me' (ideal Valentine Day song in a level playing field.)
The singer covers filial and maternal bases in 'Big Brother' -
for brother Matthew - and 'What Matters Most' to son Rikky.
Hang on, there is a triangle song - the damsel in the duet with co-writer
Adam Harvey on 'How Wrong Is It' takes the ring off her finger
and asserts herself in a way that would please recently deceased, old
So are there any major faults on a disc where the song sequencing is superb?
'Men Don't Dance Anymore' punctuates ballads on a disc tailed by
'Wild Turkey' (made famous by Lacy J Dalton and penned by Hugh
Moffatt and first ex-wife Pebe Sebert.)
Well, the singer has one shocker - 'Sorry I Asked' (crass cornball).
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