The Australian Road Crew
After the obligatory photo shoot, crew and associates mingled, catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, with the occasional stroll to the bar. Topolino’s provided their tasty pizzas as sustenance for those who could not wait for dinner.
Once official photographer Greg Noakes had managed to assemble everyone for the group photo (no easy feat!), those present filed in to the club rooms, to be greeted at the door by MC for the afternoon, Brian Nankervis.
Brian kicked off proceedings as Rockwiz’s quizmaster with ARCA’s own version of “Who Can It Be Now”, having the audience name the song and artist while Bill McCormick played snippets of songs.
Birthday boy Nicky Campbell was ‘volunteered’ by Brian to keep score.
Ally Dosser was the clear individual champion, but a hotly disputed result saw the men's team gaining bonus points (somewhat unfairly some would say) thanks to Jimmy Murrie's winning Peter Garrett dance!
It was then time for the speeches as there was a great deal to tell… ARCA has been undergoing some significant changes and it was left to Ross Fergusson to explain what has been occurring. Fergy began by expressing his passion for the welfare of crew (past, present and future), emphasising the highly technical skills they possess and the groundbreaking Australian crew who are so well respected on worldwide tours.
He thanked Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson, acknowledging their incredible work over the last 6 years as co-founders of ARCA, and went on to explain that others have also been closely involved in helping ARCA over the journey, citing Paul O'Gorman, Sebastian Chase, Howard Freeman, Tony Moran, Prof. Phil Graham and Joanna Cave as some of the many who have given their time.
It was at this point Fergy introduced Robyn Good, David Harding, Irene Enery, Tony and Sharyn Moran, along with himself, as ARCA’s new Steering Committee. Ian and Adrian were brought onstage as the ARCA directors and will work with the committee on ARCA’s future direction.
Fergy advised that a "think tank" will be made available for members to put forward ideas and ask questions to the ARCA steering committee. He noted that the survey had told us what members wanted of ARCA and that now we are creating portfolios for the steering committee to coordinate everything required.
More information on the survey results and the portfolios will be shared with all members in the near future, along with the names of additional volunteers including state reps. Fergy’s speech was received with much enthusiasm and applause.
Irene Enery’s lighthearted presentation of the Golden GAFA's came next. The awards, provided by Andrew Snow, were in recognition of service to crew, to those who "Give A Fuck".
They were awarded to Jef Risk, Ashley Swinfield, Billy McCartney, Nikki Koumos, Kath Millar, Nicky Campbell and Allan “Puckoon” Anderson.
Irene explained ARCA’s intention for formal awards to be created for future special events, with the Golden GAFA's voted on by the entire membership base in recognition and respect of fellow crew.
ARCA director Ian "Piggy" Peel then got up and thanked everyone, reasserting Fergy's speech. Piggy's speech was a moving and heartfelt contribution to proceedings, about why ARCA had come about and it's reason for being… ”looking after our own".
He respectfully read out the names of those lost since the last reunion and then led us to a minutes silence.
Next up the music was introduced with Allan Caswell and Phil Manning playing Allan's tribute song to crew "The Boys In Black" (with all proceeds from his single donated to ARCA).
Mae Parker and band David Bray, Ian Holding, John Arthur Grant and Mark Kennedy then performed "The Load Out" with Piggy and Brian providing superb falsetto backing vocals.
Finally Piggy announced the winners of the donated door prizes, thanking all those who had come.
The evening then slowly dissolved into deep friendships, drifting off into groups of mates. The way it always has been... and the way it always will.
|ARCA wishes to thank the following for their amazing contributions!|
You are all invited to attend the innaugural ARCA Perth Reunion
Tuesday, April 10th
The Astor Lounge, Astor Theatre
659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA
6:30 PM - 10 PM
$25 online or pay @ the door and ARCA Polo's $25 on the day
Discount Bar Price Drinks and Nibbles (and maybe a few surprises)!
CREW & Members are welcome!
|PURCHASE TICKET ONLINE|
or RSVP by 27th April. 2018.
NB: You need to make contact so we know who is coming...
Come and remember, honour and pay respect to your mates that aren't here with us and give a hug to those that are. Share some love and stories. Leave grudges at the door and laugh about what we can't remember.
Between all of you there should be a few that can offer a bed. Check out if anyone is drivingthere and maybe split the travel costs.
Live Nation Australia & New Zealand have just donated $15,000 to Support Act, "on behalf of the valued staff and contractors that help Live Nation produce hundreds of events each year. Without the commitment of every individual, whether driver, marketer, tour manager or roadie, we couldn't do what we do."
Thanks go out to Jo Cave and Howard Freeman for their incredible effort to make this happen.
Live Nation is intending to announce a formal charitable giving policy in the near future.
"I would like to think that this is the start of an ongoing relationship between our Company and your Organisation(s). My support for the work that ARCA and Support Act do is steadfast - I will continue to do anything I can to assist those in our community that have reached out. To this end we will continue ongoing conversations and ideas about how our companies can work together going forward." - Nik Tischler
Mark O’Donnell, known as Noddy, has worked behind the scenes for many Aussie and international artists, including Kevin Borich and Richard Clapton. He has been tour manager for the likes of Icehouse, The Pointer Sisters, Hot Chocolate, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Eric Burdon, Dragon, Cheap Trick, America, Lori Morgan, Omen International and Selwyn Miller.Sadly Noddy has recently been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He is based in the USA. His family and friends here in Australia have set up this appeal to help cover his medical and care home costs. Thank you for any support you can give.
You can donate by clicking DONATE below and you will receive a tax deductible receipt by return email for all gifts over $2.
ARCA is excited to announce the launch of The Desk Tapes Series. The CD and Limited Edition Cassette are now availble from our online store (both include an immediate digital audio download). https://www.australianroadcrew.com.au/online-store
The series will be launched through all major digital download and streaming platforms on Friday November 10th with the release of Redgum’s 1985 performance at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.
Acts including Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models, and Paul Kelly have expressed a willingness to participate and assist the crews who helped them on their journey.
Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our live performance industry a stand out success. They offer recognition to the engineers who documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history.
All proceeds generated by the Desk Tape Series will be used solely for the betterment of crew. The roadie who’s legacy provided these valuable cultural assets, will receive a share of profit and ARCA will retain 20% to help continue our services, with the balance going directly to the Roadies Fund, established expressly to assist roadies in crisis through our partnership with leading industry charity Support Act.
ARCA wishes to acknowledge our sponsors, without whom these releases would not be possible!