Seymour’s Surviving the Music Scene

Article about Mark Seymour, the music industry and A Day on the Green gigs.

Author:  Gaye Pattison, ABC Goulburn Murray.

Date: 4 March 2013.

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As the sun set on another “A Day on the Green” fans knew they’d witnessed one of the more memorable events. The line up that included Albury’s own Lisa Mitchell, Mark Seymour, Neil Finn and Paul Kelly chalked up the event’s 10th anniversary in the North East at the weekend.

Some of Australasia’s finest musicians took to the Day on the Green stage at Wahgunyah at the weekend.

Entertaining the 7,000 plus fans where Lisa Mitchell and her band, Mark Seymour and The Undertow and Neil Finn and Paul Kelly who shared a backing band with Neil’s son Elroy Finn on drums and Paul’s nephew Dan Kelly on guitars.

A mild autumn day, an enthusiastic audience, and enthralling sound that echoed out amongst the All Saints Estate vines made for a memorable event.

Fans came early from the time the gates opened, and stayed put from the first strum of Mitchell’s guitar to the farewell greetings of Finn and Kelly were heard.

Alex who travelled from Porepunkah says she came for Lisa Mitchell and wasn’t disappointed.

“She is fantastic isn’t she, we’re so lucky to have her here today”.

While Connie from Albury says the entire day was awesome.

“Paul Kelly and Neil Finn performing each other’s songs is magic, I’m so glad I didn’t miss it, I won’t forget this day”.
Another audience favourite was Mark Seymour.

The former Hunters and Collectors front man was in fine form leading his band The Undertow.

Seymour who was born in Benalla spent some time growing up in the North East as both parents where school teachers who moved around for work.

Seymour lived all over regional Victoria until he was 14.

On Saturday night he reflected what it was like to be back in the North East and how he tries to be personable because that’s what is expected in Country areas, people want you to be be friendly.

He also commented on seeing emerging talent like Albury’s own Lisa Mitchell.

“she was just fantastic, excellent, and a great band too, really good”

Seymour who has spent more than 30 years in the music scene describes himself as a survivor, and says he still enjoys what he does.