Queensland Music Festival: The Go-Betweens and special guests will re-create the iconic album 16 Lovers Lane. And drummer and music icon Lindy Morrison OAM says she can't wait.
Lindy Morrison once shared a house with Geoffrey Rush and a host of other creative people. "It was when I was living with them that I became infatuated with drumming," she tells Music Love over FaceTime. After a trip to London with Geoffrey and others including actors Trevor Stuart and the late Billy Brown AM, Lindy came back and got involved in the punk scene in the late 70s in Brisbane. From there, she went on to become the drummer for Australian cult Brisbane band The Go-Betweens.
The Go-Betweens have been described as the sound of Brisbane by many fans and writers over the years. "I think it's the lyrics," says Lindy upon reflection. "Their lyrics tell stories about growing up in Queensland, and life in Brisbane. I suppose it is.... the unusual sounds. We were an unusual band that had obviously come from outside the music industry." While the Go-Betweens never attained a whole lot of chart success - it was never the intention - their cult status and longevity cannot be denied. In fact, just this year a film about the band was shown at Sydney Film Festival. The Go-Betweens released six albums, and in 1987, one album in particular struck a chord with people far and wide, and many still talk about it thirty years on. 16 Lovers Lane was a record filled with songs of the tension and joys of love.
And this Friday night, at the Queensland Music Festival, Lindy will come together with original band members Amanda Brown who played sang and played violin and oboe, and bass player John Willsteed with other Australian musicians including Dan Kelly, to perform the album in full.
Pictured: The Go-Betweens original band member multi-instrumentalist Amanda Brown, will perform 16 Lovers Lane with a host of new talent including these Australian women: Jen Boyce from Ball Park Music, Montaigne and Sahara Beck
Front man Robert Forster sadly won't be present. Instead, the songs will be performed by a bevvy of Australian talent including Katie and Tyrone Noonan, Steve Kilbey from The Church, Montaigne and Ball Park Music's Jen Boyce and Sam Cromack.
And Lindy cannot wait to get back on stage, telling Music Love, "I don't get to the stage very often any more so this has been really special for me and I've had to work six months leading up to this to get match fit....I've been doing two hours on the drums every second day for six months." She is most excited about playing iconic songs with different artists. After one rehearsal, Lindy said, "Their voices are just so beautiful. It's just a thrill actually."
While Lindy is very well-known for her time with The Go-Betweens, she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes in a variety of areas including advocating for changes in copyright law, supporting music workers in crisis through her work with Support Act, as a long-standing member of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), as well as forming The Junction House Band - a rock group comprised of adults with intellectual disabilities that has been going for decades, now. In 2013, Lindy was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2014, Lindy was awarded the Ted Albert Award at the APRA Awards where she took to the stage in a performance with Australian duo Big Scary, playing drums at the same time as Joanna Syme.
Lindy Morrison is a part of the fabric of Australian music scene in a unique way, and if you want to get a taste of what life was like back in Brisbane in the 80s and witness the brilliant simplicity of songs that have lasted through the ages, this event is one to be at.
16 Lovers Lane will be performed at 8pm, Friday 14 July 2017, Concert Hall, QPAC. TICKETS: Premium $89, A Reserve $69, A Reserve Concession $55, B Reserve $55. Tickets here