Hunters collect more fans

THERE was a holy grail on the minds of those at Josef Chromy Wines yesterday, but it had nothing to do with Tasmanian politics.

This was the holy grail that came from the lips of Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour as he and his bandmates made their Tasmanian stopover as part of the A Day on the Green concert series.

The iconic Australian rockers enthralled the crowd of about 5500 with powerful renditions of tracks such as  Holy Grail,  Throw Your Arms Around Me,  Talking To A Stranger,  When The River Runs Dry,   This Morning,  Say Goodbye  and  Do You See What I See?  over a two-hour set that  had concertgoers hooked from the opening note.

This year the line-up steered away from a traditional classic rock feel of previous A Day on the Green shows in the state, with the Hunters (who formed in 1981) joined by fellow rock acts Something For Kate (who formed in 1994) and British India (who formed in 2004) on the line-up, making the afternoon a multi-generational musical experience.

This was reflected by a crowd that had a mixture of those that would have seen the Hunters in their hey-day, to those who weren't born when the group called it a day in 1998.

Despite Mother Nature offering up a mixture of rain, sun and wind, it wasn't enough to diminish the enthusiasm of the crowd. 

A Day on the Green promoter Michael Newton said the Relbia stopover had developed into an important and favourite part of the concert series.

``We're really happy to be here, because we've always been after a home in Tasmania,'' Newton said.

``We weren't able to find one, but when we came and meet these guys (at Josef Chromy) five years ago and they've renovated the amphitheatre and done a lot of work to enable us to do a show, so credit to Joe and his crew.

``We always wanted this (A Day On The Green) to be a national concert event, and we couldn't have that without playing in Tasmania.

``A Day On The Green is about crossing all demographics, and the shows we have done down here, including this one, have really done that.

``We're keen to be here each year and look forward to doing more shows (at Josef Chromy Wines).''

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