The extraordinary raw soul power of the legendary Wendy Saddington has mesmerised legions of die-hard fans since she first hit the scene in the late 60's and throughout the 70's, performing with James Taylor Move, Tully, Chain, Copperwine and her own incredible Teardrop. Haunting pyschedelic 1971 single 'Looking Through A Window', co-written by Billy Thorpe and backed by the Aztecs, cemented her place as Australian rock royalty.
But Saddington's disenchantment with a superficial and greedy music industry saw her knock back all offers and virtually retire from performing at the close of the 70's to devote herself to a spiritual path. She re-emerged to form a duo with pianist Peter Head in the mid 80's and began an unforgettable run of weekly residencies at Kinselas and the Civic in Sydney. Head's stark, hypnotic piano feels and Saddington's utterly stunning interpretations of her socially conscious repertoire drawn from songs of Dylan, Nina Simone and Randy Newman worked perfectly alongside Etta James and Julie London heartbreakers. Audience members returned week after week for what was almost a religious experience.
'Intense and Piaf-like with her emotional vulnerability and vocal expressiveness, it's the sound of a soul stripped bare' Stephen Walker
Although her recorded output is frustratingly small, some live concert recordings have recently seen the light of day and helped to fill the void - notably the 2011 Aztec release 'Wendy Saddington and The Copperwine Live' (from Wallacia Festival 1971). Over the past twenty years she has made very occasional - and highly anticipated - appearances with bands such as Chain and the Kevin Borich Express.
Wendy Saddington and Peter Head will perform together again for one night only, Sunday 29th April at Camelot Lounge in Sydney.