The Adelaide Music Collective today launched the AMC Sessions, a series of six concert events showcasing South Australia’s musical achievers. The six AMC sessions, to be held at the Goodwood Institute, aim to highlight South Australia’s leading musicians in a collective series, with 18 local artists to be initially highlighted, along with 12 individuals or groups to be presented with an AMC Award for national and international achievement. The first event, to be hosted by esteemed singer sing songwriter Tasha Coates, will be held on March 28 and will include performances from Nancy Bates and John Baker (The Baker Suite), Echo & The Princess and highlighted by renowned Adelaide musicians, John Schumann and Hugh McDonald playing an acoustic set of their Redgum hits from the ’80s. The first session of the AMC series will also see the collective instate the first collection of AMC SA Music Hall of Fame inductees in John Bywaters (The Twilights)and Peter Tilbrook (The Masters Apprentices). Initiated in the final months of 2013, the AMC comprises a collection of Adelaide based musicians and associated professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to benefit dedicated established and emerging artists.
The first session will also see the hand over of South Australia’s Hall Of Fame, opened by radio identity David Day, who has donated 40 years of music memorabilia. Among items on display are a test pressing of Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh, a single by the Moonshine Jug & String band who later became The Angels, Coke bottle tops from 1956 featuring members of Penny Rockets, invoices from Central Booking Agency (including payment to ‘Johnny ‘Farnham for $120 in the 1960s) and an original brass medallion given out to members of the 1960s Oxford Club music venue – which coincidentally was housed at the Goodwood Institute
AMC founder, Enrico Morena said the six events will showcase established and emerging South Australian artists and be used to honor South Australia’s industry leaders. “The Adelaide Music Collective aims to highlight Adelaide’s premier musical achievements and bring recognition to the individuals and groups who deserve it; while simultaneously creating a contact point for others looking to further their careers national and internationally.”