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David McComb Tribute: Mojos, Perth Feb 5 2

Dave McComb Commemorative Concert

“Celebrating a Life in Song, Ten Years On”

THURSDAY 5 February 2009

On 2 February 1999, David McComb, charismatic front person with the Triffids and the Blackeyed Susans, and one of Australia’s most significant songwriters, died tragically just before his 37th birthday as a result of complications from a car accident and a deteriorating heart condition.

Evocative use of uniquely-Australian landscape was one of the characteristics that made the Triffids one of the most critically-acclaimed acts ever to emerge from Western Australia. Contemporaries such as Paul Kelly and Steve Kilbey (The Church) cited McComb as a major influence on their work.

In 2001, the APRA named his song ‘Wide Open Road’ as one of the thirty greatest Australian songs of all time. In 2006, he was posthumously inducted into the WAM Hall Of Fame, and last year The Triffids were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

His legacy continues to have a profound influence on quality, original, Australian music.

In commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of McComb?s passing, and in anticipation of the Triffids sold-out reunion shows for the Perth International Arts Festival later in the month, a collection of local musicians plan to celebrate the genius of David McComb at MOJOS on Thursday 5 February.

“This was something that I felt just had to be done” says event organizer and musician, Robbie Jalapeno, “To me, Dave McComb is the best songwriter to come out of WA and this is one way for members of the local scene to give thanks. I knew the PIAF shows were going ahead, but the ten-year thing was only ever going to happen once.

Raising a glass to McComb on the night will be Matt De La Hunty and the Smokin’ Eldorados, Felicity Groom, Kevin Smith and the 7 Storey Jumpers, Selk Hastings and the Wild Free, Prita Grealy, Peter Baxendale and Russell Kingdom, Kim McDonald and robbie jalapeno.

Mojos, Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle, Ph. 9430 4010

Thursday 5th Februar/Doors open 8 pm

Entry $12

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