Russell Morris & Six Other Aussie Music Icons To Host Benefit Concert For Barry O’Callaghan

4 August 2023 | 12:52 pm | Mary Varvaris

"Barry has always been there to help others over many years. Now it’s our turn."

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Russell Morris, Brian Cadd and Friends, or, Seven Stars Step Up To Help A Mate, have joined forces to put on a special benefit concert for Barry O’Callaghan, one of Australia’s most revered music photographers and an integral part of the Gold Coast music scene as he faces a health crisis.

The concert takes place on Thursday, 17 August, at the Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast from 5 – 10 pm. Limited $100 tickets that will directly support O’Callaghan and his family are available now, with food stalls, a stacked bar and reserved seating available for punters who book tickets.

Barry O’Callaghan is currently in palliative care and needs assistance in supporting his family. As the Gold Coast Mag notes, O’Callaghan has gotten his lens behind Nirvana’s January 1992 set at the Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern and, more recently, shot Brian Cadd’s Twin Towns show in January.

Who exactly are Russell Morris, Brian Cadd and Friends? Well, the pair will be joined by additional Australian music royalty, including Uncanny X-Men’s Brian Mannix, prolific rock and roll songwriter Digger Revell, Marcie Jones (of Marcie & The Cookies), Tony Worsley, Peter Cupples (of Stylus fame), with presenter Gavin Wood hosting the show.

“I’m delighted to be part of this wonderful group of entertainers to help Barry and his family,” Morris offered in a statement. “Barry has always been there to help others over many years. Now it’s our turn.”

Cadd added, “Please join us for what will be a great show for a great cause. We have a most impressive line-up of Australian talent that has come together to help one of our own. And now we need your help to make it happen.”

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You can purchase tickets via Oztix.

The Barry O’Callaghan benefit concert follows Morris’ recent The Real Thing concerts, which took place at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall last month.

With a score arranged by the John Farnham Band’s David Hirschfelder, the 54-piece orchestra and the 10-member band journeyed through the Aussie music legend’s rich creative career.