Playlist defines Coolum in soaring song and performance

The Playlist was performed on Saturday night at the Coolum Civic Centre to a sold-out crowd. Photo: Cooper Brady  

IT WAS an incredible line-up who took to the stage for the Playlist event at the Coolum Civic Centre on Saturday night August 27 with the talented musicians and artists sharing their interpretation of the songs which people have associated with Coolum.   

Producer Angie Dunbavan from local arts production company Red Chair described the Playlist as the culmination of several months of work.  

“Local artists collected the songs and stories that the local community connect to their Coolum experience, and these were joyous, heartbreaking, mischievous, hilarious… and the stories were about discovery, good times, sad times, family, friendship, new beginnings and farewells, and all were linked to the lives of the people of Coolum.”  

The Playlist was an immersive theatrical experience combining live music, video projection, visual art, and spoken word centred on the songs of Coolum and the stories that connect them to the community. 

The night started with Lyndon Davis and Gubbi Gubbi dance welcoming all and Lyndon’s own personal recounting of visiting Yaroomba as a young person who lived in Nambour and what the region meant to him.  

Lyndon eloquently described the importance of song and shared memories.  

“The more we know about our land, the more we sing up that land up, we are the next custodians of this place – all of us that live here today. We all have to play our part.. play our role…The more we know about each other and our places, the better it can be looked after for the future generations,” Lyndon said.  

And get to know the spirit of Coolum the crowd did with soaring song provided by the Cool Harmonies Choir and a range of songs performed by the ensemble band consisting of Shannon Sol Carroll, Nadia Sunde, Andrew Veivers, Eugenie Costello, Oj Newcomb and Kym Ambrose with Doug Harbrow also providing a musical serenade to Coolum.  

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