Adelaide Fringe

Don Morrison – This Could Be Big. Fringe Show Review. 11 3 12

Don Morrison is a larger than life character who is smaller than he should be in terms of fame and success. He could have been Paul Kelly, or John Mellencamp, or Bruce Springsteen, and to some loyal followers he is in the same category as these well known troubadours. Circumstances have prevented Don from achieving similar levels of fame, but he is a local treasure none the less.

His 2012 Fringe show “This could be Big!” is a spoken and musical performance around his book of the same name. Assisted by “Dingo” on acoustic guitar, Don charmed the Sunday afternoon Wheatsheaf Hotel crowd with witty anecdotes and readings from the book, interspersed with a variety of songs ranging from Elmore James “Dust my Broom” to a song he had only just written for this show. Don plays harmonica like he tells a story; with passion and with flawless delivery. He also plays a DonMo Ukele and Guitar, made by Don out of old corrugated iron fencing.

The journey from his first folk Band in the mid 70s through the punk Blues of The Bodgies, the adventures touring the country supporting some of the biggest Australian acts, life working in a foundry, the tax office, to later life musicianship is wry, humorous, and at one point terribly sad. Don never gave up hope and is now a living treasure in the Adelaide music scene.

If you missed the show, get the book, or one of Dons CDs, or listen to him on 3D radio Fridays.