John Schumann looking forward to revisiting Kangaroo Island

ON STAGE: Legendary Aussie musician John Schumann performs at the ADF Parndana concert back in February 2020. File photo
ON STAGE: Legendary Aussie musician John Schumann performs at the ADF Parndana concert back in February 2020. File photo

Legendary Aussie musician John Schumann who wrote "I was only 19" is usually overseas and far from home entertaining troops on ANZAC Day.

But this year he will be a little closer to his Adelaide home, although still overseas, on Kangaroo Island where he will headline the ANZAC Day concert at the Western Districts sportsground this Sunday.

He was on the Island with his band just over a year ago when they played at the ADF concert at the Parndana oval in February 2020 to celebrate the end of the bushfires.

He said he would never forget that special time but equally as special was the time he played at Western Districts football club after the funeral of Sapper Jamie Larcombe in 2011.

That impromptu performance with his Redgum's Hugh McDonnell, who recently passed away, was truly inspiring and something he would never forget.

"There was no PA system so we said would play if everyone was quiet," he said. "It was just two acoustic guitars and room packed full of people, who all shut up. We played for an hour. It was a brilliant night and a really special moment."

Organisers of this year's ANZAC concert meanwhile are asking that people go to the ANZAC Day Resilience Concert Facebook page and mark yourself as going so they have some idea of numbers.

They say you're welcome to bring your swags and campers, but just be aware the stage crew will be taking down the stage all night.

So the flood lights will be on all night on Sunday night into the wee hours of Monday morning plus there might be some noise of their tools and during disassembly.

"It's free, its for everyone, and people need to organise their own transport," Sabrina Davis said.

"People are welcome to come and stay, we can point them to designated camping areas when they arrive but they need to be aware of noise and light."

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