Music pioneers rock Caloundra Art Gallery
  • Friday 15 August 2008

The Caloundra Regional Art Gallery is getting into the groove of this weekend’s Caloundra Music Festival by presenting a unique exhibition of the early rockers who kicked off the Brisbane music scene.

You Can’t Sit Down is an exhibition of photographic portraits that celebrates those who forged the popular music scene in Brisbane during the 50s, 60s and 70s, paving the way for world-famous acts like The Go-Betweens, Powderfinger and Savage Garden to follow.

While 60s Brisbane band The Bee Gees found international mega success, many of the other pioneers of Brisbane rock have long gone unrecognised, according to Brisbane photographer Glen O’Malley.

Glen decided to redress the balance in his latest exhibition of over 50 portraits of musicians who emerged in Brisbane from the 1950s to the 70s.

His search unearthed a wide range of musicians from Chad Morgan (The Sheik from Scrubby Creek) to Carol Lloyd of Railroad Gin, guitar legend Phil Manning and former Caloundra local Tony Worsley, the lead singer of The Blue Jays.

The exhibition will be launched on Sunday 19 October at 2pm by Tony Worsley, who will perform with Owen Ray from the Countdowns and Toni McCann. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Following the launch, the Caloundra rock 'n' roll restaurant Velvet Waters will continue the celebration offering drinks and the stage for the performers to jam. For more details, phone the Gallery on 5420 8299.

After a distinguished 30-year career as a photographer, Glen said this exhibition was the most rewarding personally – and one that showed his own biases.

The name You Can’t Sit Down is taken from a song released by 1960s Brisbane band, The Purple Hearts – a favourite of Glen’s as a teenaged schoolboy.