Chris Perry, Narelle Evans, Antero Ceschin and Jack Evans are bringing The Rocakbilly Women to Lismore.
Chris Perry, Narelle Evans, Antero Ceschin and Jack Evans are bringing The Rocakbilly Women to Lismore. Flash Gordon Photography

Tribute to rockabilly women in Lismore

SINGER Narelle Evans and her band promise to turn back the clock to the 1950s in the most fun history lesson on offer.

The show features the stories and songs of the most important women of early rock and roll.

Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock 'n' roll music from the early 1950s in the United States, especially the south.

It blends the sound of Western musical styles such as country, with that of rhythm and blues, leading to what is considered classic rock 'n' roll.

Initially popularised by artists such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Bob Luman and Jerry Lee Lewis, it was Elvis Presley who has endured as the brightest star of the era.

But there were also women who pioneered the genre.

The female rock and rollers of the 1950s laid the foundations for the cultural and sexual revolutions of the 1960s. It's a story rarely told.

The show is built around their fascinating stories set against the backdrop of 1950s mid west America.

The dialogue is based on recorded quotes of the women and incorporates vintage stills and footage.

The story is told with a four-piece band mixed with vintage video clips.

Featuring Narelle Evans on vocals (The Jive Bombers, Bridie King), Jack Evans on guitar and vocals (Steve Prestwich Band, The Kites), Chris Perry on bass, vocals and as musical director (The Moods, The Jive Bombers) and Tony Georgeson on drums (Steve Edmonds Band, Matt Finish, The Jive Bombers).

The show was developed by director Robert Jarman.

At the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Saturday, September 26, 8pm. $35/$30



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