Scene News: Beloved children’s entertainer Peter Combe brings his adored Christmas Album to life for a special festive tour

With a career that spans more than three decades, it’s fair to say that
beloved children’s entertainer Peter Combe has more than a few favourite
albums under his belt. He has released 15 albums of all original children’s
material (not including greatest hits or live CDs) throughout his career,
and one of his all-time favourites, and one that is still touted as the
most cherished among his fans is his 1990 Christmas Album release. For
years, Peter has been asked when he will be performing all the songs from
the album at concerts and now, 28 years after its first release, he is
finally taking Peter Combe’s Christmas Album out on the road for a special
run of shows.

Nothing quite says Christmas like tradition – and Peter Combe’s Christmas
Album has become a precious tradition for many families each Christmas. The
17-track Christmas Album of all original festival-themed songs has become
an album that been embraced across generations and is still as loved as
when it was originally released. The 1990 album landed its way firmly in
the ARIA Albums Top 50 Chart and went GOLD in 5 weeks – an impressive feat
for a Christmas album, and a Christmas album of all original material.

For Peter – who is loved Australia-wide for tracks like Wash Your Face In
Orange Juice and Newspaper Mama to name a few – the Christmas Album holds a
special place in his heart, and his children’s. It was his son Thom who
suggested it was time to take the album out on the road, after seeing the
requests his father received each year to perform tracks from the album.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of wonderful letters, emails,
Facebook messages and many many more comments from families for 28 years
expressing their love for this particular album,” says Peter. “I’ve
been deeply touched by these expressions of love for the songs.”

The songs themselves are, as suggested, all about Christmas – and resonate
with young and old, some religious and some secular. All were penned
specifically for the Christmas Album and Peter went into the process back
in 1990 with the focus of releasing a wholly original festive release. He
didn’t want to record another album of traditional Christmas carols and
songs. With his innate knack to get to the heart of what resonates with
children, Peter Combe’s Christmas Album was embraced by children and adults
alike, making it the only 100 per cent original Christmas album to reach
the heights of such success. In fact, as far as Peter knows, it is the most
successful recording of original Australian Christmas songs ever released!

“The album expresses the optimism of the Christmas message,” says
Peter. “I like to think the audiences will be uplifted by the joy
expressed in the songs and the care that went into the writing them. It was
a genuine labour of love. Christmas is unique in that it can be appreciated
at a deep level whether you are Christian, agnostic or atheist.”

One of the other things that makes Peter Combe’s Christmas Album special
are the choirs that perform on many of the songs. Determined to bring that
quality to the live performance, Peter is having special guests with him in
each show. “I contacted high schools, private and public schools, in
every capital city that I knew had great choirs,” he says. “The ages of
the choir singing most of the songs on the album were 13-17, so the choirs
in the concerts will be the same age. It’s the first tour ever in which
I’ll be doing every show with a live band and a talented young choir. All
the songs from Peter Combe’s Christmas Album will be performed in the
concert plus four from my second Christmas album and a cameo by a young
soloist. The shows will also feature beautiful projections and three
videoclips.”

Peter is looking forward to taking his iconic album out on the road,
kicking off the shows at the end of November and running right up until
Christmas. His hope is that the events will be a special family affair –
something parents and children alike can enjoy. Peter himself is taking his
own son out on the road with him. “My son Thom, whose idea it was to
embark on this project, will be playing guitar in at least seven of the
shows with me,” he says. “My keyboard player, Phil Cunneen, who played
on the Christmas Album in 1990 will be doing every concert with me, and
Steve Todd, who also played on the recording, will be doing every concert
except one.”

Don’t miss Peter Combe’s Christmas Album Live In Concert, a very special
festive experience.

Tickets for Peter Combe’s Christmas Album Live In Concert go on sale on 9am
AEST Thursday 23rd August 2018.

Sunday 25th November 2018

Subiaco Arts Centre, PERTH WA

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Brisbane Powerhouse, BRISBANE QLD

Saturday 8th December 2018

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, ADELAIDE SA

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Melbourne Recital Centre, MELBOURNE VIC

Friday 14th December 2018

Wrest Point, HOBART TAS

Saturday 15th December 2018

Wrest Point, HOBART TAS

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, QUEANBEYAN NSW

Wednesday 19th December 2018

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, QUEANBEYAN NSW

Friday 21st December 2018

Monkey Baa, SYDNEY NSW

For more information, please visit www.petercombe.com.au