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Army March 14, 2013
Sounds of the Solies
Angry Anderson, Lucy Desoto and Simply Bushed had troops on the dance floor in the Solomon Islands
Cpl Nick Wiseman
PERSONNEL deployed to
Solomon Islands rocked over two
nights of jam-packed entertainment
with country music band Simply
Bushed and rock legend Angry
Anderson and his band, which fea-
tured singer Lucy Desoto.
The musicians flew in on
February 22, and their whirlwind tour
began that evening with the first of
two concerts for the troops.
Simply Bushed lead singer and
guitarist Paul Grierson said he
had always wanted to perform for
"Being a country muso, many of
our mates have done it and I really
wanted to contribute," he said.
"The second gig was probably one
of the best gigs we've ever done -- the
crowd was right into it."
The first evening started with a
local band made up of soldiers and
Federal Police who reside at the
Guadalcanal Beach Resort, where
about 120 Australian troops make up
the Combined Task Force 635.
Simply Bushed was next on stage
and received a warm welcome from
the crowd as it launched into Aussie
classics as well as a mix of the band's
Singer and guitarist Chris Rieger
said to be there for the soldiers was
"As a musician I couldn't be more
honoured to do this," he said.
AN INTIMATE GIG
WITH the two official concerts
over and most of the sound equip-
ment packed ready to send back to
Australia, Simply Bushed gave an
impromptu acoustic performance
in the accommodation area at
Guadalcanal Beach Resort.
Taking requests from the audi-
ence, the band strummed away
for more than two hours with well-
known covers as well as some clas-
sic Australian bush tunes.
The band used this setting to
talk and share with soldiers and
police members the personal stories
behind some of their music.
Sig Natalie Bush was lucky
enough to be part of the audience
and said she loved the acoustic set
more than the official concerts.
"It was extremely intimate, with
the guys being very personal with
their approach and talking about
why they wrote a particular song
and what it meant to them," she
"Having that intimate setting to
me was much
better than the
with the bells
and whistles --
we could just
sit there in the
ment enjoying the
I barely listen to
but the concert
blew me away.
I'll probably go
to the Tamworth
-- Pte Dylan Cameron
-- Pte Harry Tibben
"I would imagine being
deployed can sometimes be an
intense situation so bringing them
a touch of Australia is a wonderful
Lucy Desoto and long-term
troop entertainer Angry Anderson
bashed out many well-known songs
and even a version of the classic
Nutbush City Limits, which got
many onto the dance floor.
During the day after the concerts
it was the soldiers' turn to keep the
entertainers busy with some battle-
field tours, a visit and talk with local
villagers and even a trip to the range
to experience some of the weapons
used by the Army.
Angry Anderson said he under-
stood the importance of the Forces
Entertainment Tours for the troops
"I'm one of those really old-
fashioned people that is terribly
patriotic," he said.
"They're here serving their coun-
try, so are we."
Rocking out: Lucy Desoto, Angry Anderson and Dave Rankin rock the troops
deployed to the Solomon Islands.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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