Review by Natasha Wyborn
It’s hard to believe the act I was witnessing in 2019 originally formed way back in the early 60’s. The Seekers have been a part of Australian music culture for close to 60 years. Formed as a folk quartet in Melbourne in 1962 the band has travelled the work and left its mark alongside some of the biggest bands of the 60’s. To put The Seekers popularity into perspective at the height of their career the seekers shared the same bill with The Rolling Stones and the Beatles whilst drawing an estimated crowd of 200,000 to the Sydney Myer Music Bowl. The original lead singer Judith Durham has left the quartet however the remaining three original members Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley continue to delight fans both within Australia and abroad.
On Saturday night Melbourne got a rare opportunity to sit, listen and reminisce with the original members as they talked and told stores about a time when they were arguably one of the biggest bands in the world. All gentlemen are now well into their 70’s but their thirst for music and audience satisfaction is as new as the day they started. The audience were treated to a two part show which commenced with the remaining trio joined on electric and acoustic guitar by Michael Cristiano. Hits including “Morningtown Ride” and “Midnight Special” resulting in a well-coordinated singalong by almost everyone in the house.
Soprano Mirusia joined the quartet for the second part of the show following her singing a number of popular covers including Judith Durham’s own “Colours of My Life” and one unforgettable moment when both her and Cristiano joined forces for a memorable rendition of the Seekers classic “I’ll Never Find Another You”.
The audience was treated to life long memories with “Georgy Girl”, and “The Carnival Is Over” Finishing the set was a chilling version of Woodley’s and Dobe Newton’s “I Am Australian” bringing the audience to its feet.
Overall it was an experience to witness this wonderful era of music brought forward to a modern era. Having sold millions of albums throughout the world the Seekers continue to maintain that special stage presence some six decades after they started.