Scene News: One Trick Pony – Paul Simon in the 1970s’ – featuring Simon Starr, Rebecca Barnard, Troy McMillin, Janine Maunder and Paul Williamson – MEMO Music Hall Sunday 7 October – 3pm

Presented by Ella’s Music Club
One Trick Pony – Paul Simon in the 1970s’ – MEMO Music Hall
Sunday 7 October – 3pm

In 1980 Paul Simon crafted an album that has become a cult obsession for many musicians and music fans around the world, called ‘One Trick Pony’.

‘One Trick Pony’ was born on the back of his Grammy award winning album ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’. It was the soundtrack of the film of the same name Paul Simon made about a touring musician’s life, using his studio band and at the peak of his explorations into jazz, funk and fusion. Featuring a legendary line up of sophisticated groove players with heavy jazz credentials (Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Tony Levin etc.), the album had a major single ‘Late In The Evening’ which gave Simon’s already much-decorated career another hit, a feat not repeated until his iconic ‘Graceland’ album of the mid-80s.

For this show an all-star band has been put together to capture the sound of Paul Simon from 1975 – 1980. The vibe of this particular band is a unique marriage of evocative poetry mixed with funk and jazz.

Featuring special guest vocalists Rebecca Barnard (pictured), Troy McMillin, Janine Maunder and Paul Williamson who all share a deep love of this period of Simon’s career, the show includes other tunes from ‘Still Crazy’, and the late 70s Paul Simon Songbook that feature on his new album ‘In The Blue Light’.

Simon’s new album revisits 10 of the artist’s favourite, though perhaps less-familiar, songs, originally appearing on his albums ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You’re The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011). The songs have refreshing and transforming the compositions through new arrangements and collaborations.

Simon Starr – bass, vocals (pictured)
Jonathan Skovron – guitar, vocals
Darren Farrugia – drums
Brett Rosenberg – keys
Haydn Meggitt – percussion, vocals
Paul Williamson – saxophone, vocals

Gig info
Date: Sunday 7 October
Time: Doors Open 3.00pm, Showtime 4.00-6.00pm (with intermission)
Tickets: Premium Reserved Seating $45+bf, A-Reserved Seating $35+bf, General Admission $25+bf<>
Venue: Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda.

About Simon Starr
Simon Starr has been performing, recording and touring since 1993. A Victorian College of the Arts graduate on double and electric bass. Starr has recorded, toured and performed with the cream of the Australian music scene for over 25 years, including stints with Joe Camilleri, Suze De Marche, Ian Moss, Deborah Conway, Lior, Old Man River and many more. An accomplished composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Starr has featured on over 80 recordings including 10 that he has produced for other artists.

Starr recently returned from six and a half years of living in Israel where he researched Yemenite, Moroccan and Balkan music. Additionally, while there he released his 3rd solo album 27/04, from which four singles received rotation on national radio, as well as producing Warner’s (Europe) artist Tal Badani’s Jewellery of Love and Death.

While in Israel, Starr co-created and performed in the musical Yoel Amar, which received the Israeli equivalent of the Tony Award for Show Of The Year and Best Music (2015). In 2013, Starr was the Artistic Consultant for the White City festival in Tel Aviv held at Hangar 13 in Namal Tel Aviv, which featured 30 international artists over 10 days.

From 2012-14, he was Program Director for ‘Made In The Desert’, a music incubator for the Southern desert region of Israel under the auspices of the Merage family. Since returning to Australia in 2016, he has been working non-stop on original projects such as 22 piece Yiddish supergroup YID!, the Yohai Cohen Quartet (Moroccan/Jazz project), Deborah Conway, Lior, and producing BMG artist Tom Kline’s EP. In 2016 Starr wrote and performed on the Hush Foundation’s album Piece Of Quiet (Universal) including the title track, and wrote the private commission Tfilat Daniel, performed by the Principal Soprano of the Australian Opera, Taryn Fiebig.

His main project, YID!, has developed tremendous momentum in its first year: a main stage performance at WOMADelaide in front of 5000 people was recently followed up with a headlining performance at Canadian festival Ashkenaz which received a standing ovation from the 5000 strong crowd.

Starr teaches double and electric bass, guitar, trumpet and ensemble at Monash University, Yavneh College and the King David School.

Simon Starr on Paul Simon

I came to Paul Simon through hanging out with my cousins who loved Simon and Garfunkel, including some of my earliest memories. We would go over there and they would be singing, playing or listening to Paul Simon and S&G’s albums. Every new release by Paul Simon was an event in our family, to be treasured and pored over. When I was four, my uncle and aunt returned from the US with stationary for me entitled ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’, based on the eponymous album by Paul Simon.

Years later, while living in Israel, one of his lesser known albums, ‘One Trick Pony’, became a topic of much discussion amongst the musicians I hung with. It’s a huge cult hit there, and I got back in to it. When I returned to live in Australia and casually mentioned it to a number of friends, it turned out it was one of their favourite albums too, so we set about putting a concert on, for the sheer pleasure of playing the songs. The band was absolutely white hot, and the set sounded great. We had the good fortune of performing the show at Bird’s Basement to a huge sell-out crowd, which was tremendously satisfying. Since then we added more songs, mainly from the album ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’, and now play a show that is a reasonable cross section of what Paul Simon was doing between 1975 and 1980.