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Kate Ceberano

Australia Day concert @ Bella Vista Farm Park, Monday 26th January 2015

Kate Ceberano and her band took to a very wet stage in North-West Sydney as part of the Australia Day celebrations at Bella Vista Farm Park last night. With a constant drizzle all day, it was only going to be the very keen that would venture outdoors to see Kate perform and that turned out to be the case.

With more umbrellas than people, Kate just smiled and invited the hardened few punters on to the stage for a sing-along. Unfortunately in this litigious day and age, that idea was soon squashed as the risks with insurance, electricity and water were too great. So instead, Kate requested all the barriers be removed at the front of stage and all were invited to come in nice and close right to the stage’s edge which made for a very intimate setting. A terrific gesture.

Kate exudes such a warmth and her broad smile, despite the conditions made the inclement weather seem insignificant. The kids were encouraged to “dance crazy” which they did and everybody else raised umbrellas in time to the music instead of arms.

Kate had a full band with her including James Bryan on lead guitar who produced her latest album Kensal Road in London 18 months ago. The set list included many of the songs Kate is known for with Brave, Pash and Bedroom Eyes getting a look in and tracks from Kensal Road including the song Champion which was well received. A version of Mark Seymour’s Throw your arms around me was a good inclusion into the set and other traditional Australian songs you would expect on Australia Day

made up the 1 hour show.

The biggest surprise of the night was a 15 minute Fleetwood Mac inspired medley with Kate enjoying herself immensely singing Landslide, Go your own way and practically side one of the Mac’s Rumours album. A rare chance to sing something different was relished and the band seemed to be enjoying themselves too.

As 9 o’clock approached, the crowd participation of “I still call Australia home" seemed to make it all worthwhile and the ensuing fireworks capped off a memorable evening.

Shane Jacobson did a sterling job as MC and a fresh new country trio called Victoria Avenue warmed up the sparse crowd as best they could before Kate Ceberano. Great harmonies between the 3 girls and you will hear a lot more about Victoria Avenue in the years to come.

Adrian Alders

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