Wendy Saddington & Peter Head @ Camelot
Sunday 29th April
The extraordinary raw
soul power of the legendary Wendy Saddington has mesmerised legions of
die-hard fans since she first hit the scene in the late 60's and
throughout the 70's, performing with James Taylor Move, Tully, Chain,
Copperwine and her own incredible Teardrop. Haunting pyschedelic 1971
single 'Looking Through A Window', co-written by Billy Thorpe and backed by the Aztecs, cemented her place as Australian rock royalty.
Saddington's disenchantment with a superficial and greedy music
industry saw her knock back all offers and virtually retire from
performing at the close of the 70's to devote herself to a spiritual
path. She re-emerged to form a duo with pianist Peter Head in the mid
80's and began an unforgettable run of weekly residencies at Kinselas
and the Civic in Sydney. Head's stark, hypnotic piano feels and
Saddington's utterly stunning interpretations of her socially conscious
repertoire drawn from songs of Dylan, Nina Simone and Randy Newman
worked perfectly alongside Etta James and Julie London heartbreakers.
Audience members returned week after week for what was almost a
'Intense and Piaf-like with her emotional vulnerability and vocal expressiveness, it's the sound of a soul stripped bare' Stephen Walker
her recorded output is frustratingly small, some live concert
recordings have recently seen the light of day and helped to fill the
void - notably the 2011 Aztec release 'Wendy Saddington and The
Copperwine Live' (from Wallacia Festival 1971). Over the past twenty
years she has made very occasional - and highly anticipated -
appearances with bands such as Chain and the Kevin Borich Express.
Wendy Saddington and Peter Head will perform together again for one night only, Sunday 29th April at Camelot Lounge in Sydney.
19 Marrickville Rd
(corner Railway Pde)
Marrickville, NSW 2204
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