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The Secret in the Shape of a Song

Tornado Alley Productions (that’s me, your correspondent, Jonathan Alley — and my very intrepid co-producer Danielle Karulas) have just completed our first phase of interviews and collection of initial footage , collected over three days in Sydney Australia. The remaining Triffids have just completed their tribute shows to David McComb (1962-1999) in a triumphant series of gigs entitled ‘The Secret in the Shape of a Song’ (taken from the song Suntrapper on the album In the Pines (1986). ))

This series of remarkable concerts, with guests The Blackeyed Susans, Chris Abrahams, Melanie Oxley. Toby Martin and Steve Kilbey among others, have done a great deal to cement David’s body of work as one of the world’s great ‘canons of song’. Dare we say the greatest? Within Australia; assuredly. The Triffids rehearsed 44 songs (including Blackeyed Susans and solo work) and they aren’t any duds. The flowers adorning the stage and the images of Dave from his childhood only accentuated his absence.

The shows , whilst partially the brainchild of Fergus Lineham of the Sydney Festival who’s an admirer of David’s work, were largely produced, curated and organised by The Triffids’ Graham Lee, whose choice of songs and guest artists to interpret them reflected his thorough and intuitive knowledge of David’s musical legacy. Graham, whose work is also reflected in the quality of the Triffids’ reissues series, maintains The Triffids’ website at

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