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One-off reunion showing signs of slowing down after 27 years

CLASS ACT: The Seekers (from left) Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy, Judith Durham and Keith Potger.
CLASS ACT: The Seekers (from left) Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy, Judith Durham and Keith Potger. Contributed

THE carnival may well be over for Ipswich fans of The Seekers when the band performs at The Decade Festival north of Brisbane on October 18.

The one-off concert will see the band share the bill with John Farnham before completing their Golden Jubilee Tour with six dates in New Zealand next month.

Founding member Keith Potger said the band was not likely to embark on another major tour and the Decades Festival could be their final performance in south-east Queensland.

"Well yes I would think that is pretty realistic," he said.

"We just can't keep trucking' on. It takes a fair bit to crank up the whole production, because the touring party is quite large so not every promoter can pull all that together."

What began as a one-off reunion has lasted 27 years, with sell-out concerts in venues including the Royal Albert Hall in London, surprising given their original success in the UK in the 1960s only lasted four years.

The original idea in the early '90s was to bring the band together for one concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne where the band attracted a record audience in 1967.

"I think they had something in mind replicating the Myer Music Bowl, an open-air thing that would get lots of people in and then out of all of that came this amazing series of programs," Potger said.

A 79-year-old Tom Springfield, the man that penned and produced The Seekers biggest hits, was one face in the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in June.

"He bought his own ticket," Potger said. "We hadn't been able to get in touch with him. But he sent us a postcard afterwards and said that he enjoyed the show."

It is the song writing of Springfield and other artists the band met in their early days in the UK such as Paul Simon that Potger said made them so enduring.

"The start of the success I suppose is to have the great songs, so what we were doing was performing wonderful material, and I guess people got to know the four of us individually as well as members of a group. It's something we always reflect on actually as being quite unusual and something that we're slightly in awe of really."

The Seekers perform at the Decades Festival at the Pine Rivers Park Amphitheatre, Strathpine, on October 18. Tickets are available at decadesfestival.com.au/

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