BRISBANE TELEGRAPH 27th February 1976


ANOTHER tour is coming our way in March when Melanie Safka visits Australia.

Melanie was the lady who won fame at the Woodstock music festival in the summer of 1969.

There she appeared as a relative unknown, Following Ravi Shankar, who had just delighted the audience with his brilliant sitar - playing.

It began to rain as she came on stage, and her show looked as though it would be a performer's nightmare.

But as she sang, accompanying herself on guitar, lights appeared in the audience as people responded by holding lighted candles above their heads.

Melanie later remembered the occasion with her song Candles in the Rain, one of her biggest successes and one of the theme songs of Woodstock.

Her other hits included songs - like Brand New Key, Ruby Tuesday and Look What They've Done to My Song.

Melanie is genuine in her belief in her gentle, emotional songs she has been made an envoy for UNICEF and has raised large amounts for that organisation by her concerts.

Her Brisbane appearance on March 18 should be a concert well worth seeing, with the excellent Mike McClellan as support act.



Melanie Safka gives on intensity of emotion and atmosphere that makes her a cult in herself

BRISBANE COURIER 28th February 1976

Melanie in March

A 29-YEAR-OLD mother of two can count on a good house when she appears of The City Hell on March 18.

Melanie Safka is one of the foremost artistes with 15 albums behind her.

She will include Western Australia and New Zealand in a month long tour organised by Australasian Campus Entertainment.

Way back when Vietnam was still an issue, Melanie acted as a kind of prophet and interpreter of the Woodstock generation.

Her song, "Candles in the Rain,' perhaps more than any other written at the time, articulated the feelings of the Flower Children.

Her new album, "Sunsets and other Beginnings" will be released to coincide with her tour here.

MELANIE left over from 1968, on tour March 1976.

SUNDAY SUN, BRISBANE - 7th March 1976


A galaxy of stars to


A galaxy of talent passes through Brisbane over the coming weeks - blues- men, rock acts, folk singers and country artists.

Split Enz, the absurdly good rock group from New Zealand, perform at Mayne Hall University, Queensland on Wednesday in what may well be their last Australian performance.

According to a spokesman. (The band is as good as signed to a British recording company and is all set to travel to London next month for an assault on the world market.

On March 13, it's the Big O - Roy Orbison - back at Festival Hall for his tenth Australian concert tour . . . and on March 17. Leo Sayer performs his songs.

Also on March 17 . . . the first of two shows by U.S. soul trio, the Hues Corporation. at Brisbane's Jet Club.

(The group return on March 19.)
The Hues Corporation hit big with Rock The Bout and their LP.

Freedom For The Stallion. It will be interesting to see this top group in an intimate club atmosphere.

A sell-out

March 18 sees concerts by folk singer, Melanie, and U. S. bluesmen Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

dazzle us!


Melanie's concert at Brisbane City Hall is almost certain to be a sell-out. And blues enthusiasts will not want to miss Sonny and Brownie at Mayne hall.

It is a pity the dates, clash. Both acts attract a similar following.

On March 19 Al Ward and Jeannie Lewis sins at Queensland University . . . while ZZZ's Joint Effort on March 21 will feature a band made up of musicians and cast from Jesus Christ Superstar.

For country music fans, the arrival of Freddy Fender in Brisbane on April 2 will be cause for rejoicing. Freddy will also yodel at Mt Isa the following night.

David Essex hits Festival Hall on April 17 for a concert appearance much awaited by his fans . . . followed by Queen on April 22.

Huge sales

Queen boast that they art Britain's hottest rock act at the moment, with massive worldwide sales of their single, Bohemian Rhapsody, to back up the claim.

This will be their second Australian tour.









American songbird. Melanie Safka, will perform at Brisbane City Hall on Thursday night, March 18.

Brisbane will be her third stopover on a six-city concert tour, which began in Melbourne on Saturday night.

For some reason Melbournites were considered worthy of two concerts on consecutive nights, but the other cities will have to make do with one.

But Melanie will be playing in both Newcastle and Canberra - a welcome move.

Brisbane's City Hall, although rarely used, is an excellent concert venue for performers who don't fit in the "deafening volume" category.

It's wonderful acoustics and impressive, decor make a pleasant change from sterile old Festival Hall.

Regular concertgoers will remember the tremendous vibes when Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee played at the City Hall in 1973.

Melanie's distinctive vocals and low-key backing should go over well in these surroundings.

Melanie is best known for her early 1970's singles Look What They've Done To My Song. Candles In The Rain and the kinky Brand New Key.

She also won many friends with a haunting version of the Stones' Ruby Tuesday.

On tour Melanie will be featuring cuts from her latest album, released in the States just before her departure for Australia. She will be backed by local musicians.


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