Songbook takes stage

FULL BAND: John Paul Young with the musicians who will accompany him in Bendigo. Picture: SUPPLIED
FULL BAND: John Paul Young with the musicians who will accompany him in Bendigo. Picture: SUPPLIED

Veteran Australian performer John Paul Young is touring a show that is close to his heart.

Along with his Allstars Band, Young will perform The Vanda & Young Songbook – is a concert celebrating the songwriting team of Harry Vanda and George Young.

Young, performed in Bendigo last year with Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Cebrano and Jon Stevens, said the show came together almost two years ago.

“It was something that was always in the back of my head,” he said.

“The time was right to put it together and it has hit after hit in it.”

Vanda and Young were prominent songwriters in Australian during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Together they wrote hits including Friday on My Mind, Evie (Parts 1,2 & 3), Love Is In The Air, Where The Action Is and Yesterday's Hero. They also produced AC/DC’s classic song It's a Long Way To The Top.

Vanda and Young wrote a host of hits for John Paul Young over his career.

“There were so many facets to them – they were so competent (at putting songs together). They also gave me more than anyone could wish for (in a music career),” Young said.

“I feel like I’m a bit of a caretaker to their work. I am one of the last performers to come out of their studio that still is performing.”

John Paul Young will play eight shows on the current leg of the tour before a return to the road later in the year.

“Touring is not way it used to be. You used to tour solid for three or four weeks and go everywhere,” he said.

“It is a lot easier now with how travel is. You can flit in and out then go home. So we will do another seven gigs and then basically put the show on the shelf until September. 

“Last year with the APIA tour was a great show. I loved the new theatre in Bendigo and can't wait for the guys in band to see it. It is something special.”

John Paul Young and his Allstars Band perform the Vanda and Young Songbook at Ulumbarra Theatre on April 30. Visit for more details.