Words by Karen Farrugia
Turn up Your Radio is a part of the Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival, which offers live music and other performances around Adelaide during the colder months.
The band, The Southern Keys, presented us with a show case of music from the 60s to late 70s, featuring well-known hits from The Angels, Cold Chisel, Little River Band, AC/DC, and The Master’s Apprentices. They played the songs as good as the originals, not surprising as they have been playing for decades.
Former tenor, Brian Gilbertson, was able to show off his vocal talents and powerful voice as he led the group through each era, in which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. For those who lived through the 60s and 70s it was a musical time warp, and for others new to it, an education.
Back drops of the Vietnam War, Gough Whitlam, and tobacco ads definitely added to the experience. There were narrations from DJ Steve McNally for each song/era as well as recollections of venues and bands long gone.
Carly Adams, the only female band member, performed AC/DCs ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll)’ as an outstanding ending to the show.