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Barossa Fringe Special: Q&A with Lee Zacharia

Music/Performing Art - 14 Feb 2017 by Leah Blankendaal

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The music of Cat Stevens began to resonate with Lee Zacharia some 35 years ago. Since then he's performed his show, A Solo Acoustic Tribute to Cat Stevensmany times over. In 2017 that show rejoins the Adelaide Fringe Festival, in an intimate performance at Pindarie Wines. 

 

What can your audience look forward to?

A raw and truly unique solo acoustic tribute to all of Cat Stevens hits from the mid sixties to the mid seventies. Audiences love getting involved and are encouraged to sing along to Moonshadow, Father and Son, Wild World and so many more. Unlike most other Cat Stevens tribute shows my voice is well suited to the soulfulness of Cat and many claim I sound just like him.

Where did the idea for this show come from?

The idea for my show came over thirty years ago when I saw Cat Stevens himself do the exact same show himself, raw and unplugged. After he adopted Islam and gave up the entertainment world I thought it would be a great time to create the show, and I have played to sold out venues ever since.

Your most embarrassing moment on stage?

My most embarrassing moment on stage was when I slipped off my stool which fell through a crack in the stage floor in the middle of Rubylove......not good!

Best interaction with an audience member?

I was asked to do an encore of Father and Son by a gentleman who I later found out had a falling out with his own son. He cried, I cried and so did most of the audience! A very powerful moment.

Favourite post-show activity?

Just mingling with the audience and seeing how much they enjoyed the show and their own interpretation of the songs. They love to reminisce about that time in the late sixties and seventies when we had the world at our feet. This is the time that I love when they can tell me themselves about their emotions.

What's the best thing about doing a Fringe show?

The best thing about being an artist in the Fringe is the audiences! Their expectations are real and they get so much more involved than other audiences. Generally you are close to the audience and in a more intimate space which makes my show even better. In my opinion The Adelaide Fringe is the best run and most professional event in the world.

More details on how to book here.