The return of much loved Augie March!

Words by Brad Cole

Photos by Kellie Leaver

Augie March were ushered onto the stage at Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Friday night by applause and cheers from the Augie-starved tragics. It’s been more than six years since the folk rock favourites’ last tour and the more than 100-year old venue was the perfect backdrop for a dramatic return to the stage.


Augie were more than ably supported by local indie rockers Cosmo Thundercat who had, until now, never had the privilege to perform at the venue. Lead vocalist/guitarist Anthony charmed the audience with some friendly back-and-forth banter but it was his crisp vocals that dragged the crowd in from the foyer to take notice.


Cosmo were the perfect introduction to the main act as they threw all sorts of arrangements at the audience, peppered with the odd harmonica cameo here and there to really get the swooning into gear. They recently showcased their self-titled debut album to a packed audience at Pirie & Co. which is certainly worth the purchase.


Each member of Augie March meandered onto the stage, with the exception of bass player Edmondo who had temporarily gone missing. Glenn Richards made awkward small talk until the rogue guitarist joined him on stage to kick things off... with an out-of-tune guitar. Mid-way through the first song Adam Donovan left the stage to grab what looked like the set list – I suppose anyone would need to blow out the cobwebs after six years out of the business!


The crowd lost their mind when Richards dished out The Cold Acre the second single from their third studio album Moo, You Bloody Choir. It was a real treat to watch Richards belt out his lyrics while Donovan wigged out on guitar – the two work as the perfect foil for each other, Richards the charmer while Donovan goes about his business in an introverted, cool kind of way.


The boys from Shepparton didn’t just rely on the hits, though – after all, this tour is in promotion of their recently released album Havens Dumb and songs like AWOL, After The Crack Up and Definitive History were just as popular with the audience as the tracks that projected them into the spotlight of the Australian music scene and firmed them as the soundtrack to many Aussie’s lives.


Having said that, Augie March’s encore and final song of the night was the beloved One Crowded Hour – it had to be, didn't it? Predictably it sent the crowd into a sing-a-long, this is what the tragics were waiting for.


This album is up there with Augie’s best work and their performance showed that, while they may be slightly rusty, Augie March still know how to deliver an experience as good as anyone.