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Part one of Tag-Along Tour 2017 – From the Murray to the Outback.

Part one covers from Swan Hill to Nuriootpa.

 

This year we started our tag-along tour with 65 caravans at Swan Hill in Victoria.  We travelled westwards into South Australia and then we headed north to Broken Hill, eastwards to Bourke and finished the tour four weeks later at Lightning Ridge in outback NSW.

 

 

Graham and Deirdre

Our tag-along hosts

The Band

Rodney Springer and Rob Hopkins

The Band

Trevor Tolton

The Band

 

Alan Percy and Tracey Davis

Guest Artist

 

Julie Rodger

Guest Artist

 

John O’Dea

 

Guest Artist

Laurel Calvert

 

Guest Artist

 

Kel-Anne Brandt

Guest Artist

 

 

Clive Cameron

Our Host and the star of the show

 

Graham Rodger

Sound Engineer

Colin Ovens

 

Photographer and Lighting

Ken Scouten

 

The tag-along begins

 

 

Meet and Greet at the camp kitchen

 

 

The audience at Pioneer Settlement

 

One of the authentic historical buildings throughout the park

 

The Star of the show

 

Graham gets geared up ready for the first public concert

 

Julie on stage

 

 

 

Boys and their toys

 

 

 

Some of our 60 plus caravans

 

Ukulele lessons with Cheryl and Rob

 

It is only small, but it certainly excited Julie

 

Yours might be bigger Dad, but remember I caught two!

 

Preparing for a pancakes breakfast

 

Pancake breakfast

 

 

Tony in his formal attire for breakfast

 

Spin throws another log on the fire

 

The hall starts to fill for concert number two

 

 

The band gears up for a great night

 

Lead guitarist Trevor Tolton with Bill, one of our Tag-along Vietnam Vets

 

 

 

 

Lining up for a tour to Kapunda, organised by Graham and Doreen

 

Sir Sidney Kidman (alias Graham Smith) outside the home he generously donated to the South Australian Education Department

 

This photo better captures the grandieur of Sir Sidney’s home

 

Talented Taggers entertain.

After a great day-trip to Kapunda we returned to our caravan park for an evening of fabulous entertainment from the pro-ams.

Harmonica by Kerry

 

 

 

 

Singing from Dorothy

 

Bush Poetry by Ken

 

 

John O’Dea joined the tag for the first time tonight and sang his hit song - “We’ve lost the Oldies” to the delight of his audience.

 

Many a time on tour Graham and Trevor played duets, each out to outdo the other.  When Alan joined in too, we had three very talented guitarists not only entertaining the tags, but thoroughly enjoying the challenge themselves.

 

 

A few drinks, great company, superb entertainment.  We all sat around and thoroughly enjoyed our first major Happy Hour of the tour.

 

Vin

 

Even the entertainers were thoroughly entertained

 

The next day was 25th of April and many of us headedoff to the Dawn Service

 

Bill Slegers at the Dawn Service

 

 

Graham concluded the Dawn Service with half a dozen songs from his album “They Answered the Call”

 

Graham with some of our members who were also returned soldiers.

 

 

That afternoon we were off to the Soldiers Memorial Hall for a special Anzac Tribute Concert.  A superb hall housed just over 300 people for this tribute.  The audience, apart from being sizeable, was very responsive, appreciative and knowledgeable.  Our entertainers responded with what many considered the best concert of the tour.

 

The hall filling up prior to the concert

 

 

 

The entire band onstage to enjoy their encores and standing ovation.

 

 

Click here to view photos from the second part of the tag-along tour

 

 

 

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