April 15, 2009

He was the voice of a generation.
Hear the unforgettable songs.
Share the emotion of his amazing journey…

At the height of his career in the mid-1970’s, Cat Stevens, discontent with the excesses of fame and fortune, turned his back on the music business. 

At the time, he had album sales of over 50 million and sold out stadiums across the globe.  In Australia alone, one in every two households owned a Cat Stevens album.

So it’s not surprising that the question most often asked of Cat Stevens over these past thirty years is “Why?”  Why did he disappear from the music scene?

On the 1st May, take a journey to discover the man behind the songs the world loves to sing along to at The Roxy.  Paul Dillon and his band the Tillermen, perform live on stage to guide us through the story of this enigmatic songwriter, from his humble beginnings in London to his eventual conversion to Islam and emergence as Yusuf Islam.

Performing 24 songs including Moonshadow, Peace Train, Morning has Broken,  Where do the Children Play, Wild World, Father and Son and many more, Paul Dillon and his band will captivate the audience in what will be an unforgettable event.

Paul Dillon was born in Dorset, UK in 1967.  By the age of 15 he headed for the bright lights of the West End, working as a stage hand, a roadie and a general theatre dogsbody.

A few years later, while attending drama school, Paul formed a band called “Permission to Smile” which toured to Europe as well as all over the UK.  During the 90s, Paul produced and toured a variety of product, making many appearances on radio and television, culminating in a special guest appearance on BBC Radio1’s inaugural stereo broadcast which was heard by six million listeners.

Paul’s love of Cat Stevens began at an early age, with his songs included in his repertoire over many years.  Now in Australia, this life long admiration has come to the fore. In Wild World – The Cat Stevens Story, Paul sings twenty of the greatest hits as well as telling stories about the legendary “Cat”.

This is a performance that no music fan should miss.  Hear the unforgettable songs.  Share the emotion of his amazing story.  As one critic put it, ”…the music and story captivate you for almost two hours. It seemed like ten minutes to me!”

Don’t miss this opportunity to relive some of the most memorable songs ever written, at the Roxy on Friday, May 1, 2009.  Book now at the Bingara Tourist Information Centre.  Cabaret tables $40.  Theatre seats:  Adults:  $35 Conc. $27.50, Family $100 and Groups (20 or more) $27.50.  All enquires to Sandy McNaughton mob:  0427 241 582.