“Scott Cameron brings life back to the legend of Buddy Holly” – Lonnie Lee – Australian Rock Pioneer and star of Class of 59
“Having personally known Buddy and now Scott Cameron it sends tingles down my spine how close he is” – Peggy Sue Gearon from Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A
“Scott is the best Buddy I’ve ever seen or worked with” – Donny Edwards – International award winning Elvis star from Las Vegas, U.S.A
Buddy Holly was one of the greatest pioneers of Rock and Roll in the 50’s, a career spanning only two short years but bringing with it a wealth of material that made a lasting impact on popular music. Donning his trademark horn-rimmed glasses, his ever so engaging and charismatic figure and a lilting vocal hiccup… Scott Cameron returns to the roll that made him famous, presenting Buddy: The Concert.
23-year-old Scott “Buddy” Cameron – as he is known – found his calling in 2005 with his uncanny look and eerily similar voice allowing him to continue a legacy left behind by Buddy Holly. Scott is one of the most recognised Buddy Holly performers in the world receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of the 50’s legend in the International smash hit musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in productions staged from 2005 through to 2009. Scott also toured internationally with “Memories Of Buddy Holly” concert production from 2006 to 2008.
In 2010, Scott toured the country playing the role of Buddy Holly in the concert production Elvis Meets Buddy and in 2011 with the Class of 59 concert tour. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph says Cameron’s performance is “winning in the role”, described by the Gold Coast Bulletin as being “amazing as Buddy Holly” and the ABC describes Scott as “literally seeming to channel Buddy Holly at times”. They elaborate, “This guy has a great voice and an incredible amount of energy that simply sweeps the rest of the cast, and the audience, along with him”. Scott’s passion for Buddy is evident within a minute of speaking to him. “It’s amazing that in such a short amount of time he wrote so many massive hit songs. The best thing about playing Holly is hearing someone your own age say to you, you made me go out and buy Buddy’s records and now I love him or seeing someone cry remembering having their first kiss to a Holly Song and when that man has been your hero since 8, being able to play him every day is a dream come true”.
Joining Cameron on this concert is his band – the 59’ers starring James Nation-Ingle and Simon Bentley. James Nation-Ingle started performing at age 10 with his first roles for Waikato Opera in Hamilton, New Zealand. This is the third time James has been in a production of “Buddy”, his first being for Hamilton Operatic in 2002 and again in 2005 with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story musical. His musical theatre credits include productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Hot Shoe Shuffle for Showbiz Christchurch, The World Goes Round and My Favourite Year, amongst others. James has been playing guitar and bass for 11 years and played in the onstage band for the RENT musical. James Nation-Ingle also joined Scott and Simon Bentley again in 2009 for the national tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
Simon Bentley has clocked up an impressive amount of stage time in his career – performing from an early age in such shows as The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Man of Steel, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Pippin and Big. Simon’s professional career started by playing Tom Sawyer in Wellington Downstage Theatre’s Big River in 2004, followed by touring NZ with Capital E National Theatre for Children’s The Farm at the End of the Road in 2005. In 2006 Simon took a lead in Smokey Joe’s Cafe with Wellington based production company Marshall Stack. In 2008 Simon crossed the ditch to perform in the National Tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story where he played the supporting role of Jerry Allison. Buddy: The Concert will see Scott belt out Holly’s catalogue of songs whilst also performing the tracks that shaped the 50’s culture from artists including Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eddy Cochran and more.
Set one of Buddy: The Concert will see Buddy and the band styled back to the days when they were just three young guys having fun and playing the music that shaped that era. Performing a string of hits by the legendary artists that were close friends and brought with it a strong significance to Buddy’s career including close friend of Buddy, Eddy Cochran; Roy Orbison (who recorded at the same studios as Buddy), Bo Diddly (Inspired Buddy), Elvis Presley (Inspired Buddy, also close friends so much so that Buddy made Elvis a leather wallet), Bobby Fuller Four (Buddy and Sonny Curtis wrote both their hit songs: ‘I fought the law’ and ‘Loves Made a Fool Of You’), Bill Hayley and the Comets (Buddy covered their song “Shake Rattle And Roll”), Chuck Berry (who Buddy toured with several times just after the Apollo Theatre performance) and Richie Valens (an artist Buddy wanted to manage Richie and work with him before the plane crash).
The second set represents Buddy and The Crickets with all the class and showmanship that they were renowned for. Performing a collection of all of Buddy’s hits including That’ll Be The Day, Rave On, Oh Boy, Maybe Baby, Heartbeat, Peggy Sue, Well All Right, Everyday, Not Fade Away, True Love’s Ways and It’s So Easy, just to name a few!
Oh Boy!, it’s time to Rave On with Buddy Holly coming to The Playhouse, Canberra on Saturday August 20!
EVERY TICKET GIVES THE CHANCE TO WIN 1 OF 40 EXCLUSIVE PEGGY SUE MEMORABILIA Whenever a punter buys a ticket to BUDDY THE CONCERT each ticket automatically goes into the draw for the chance to win a RARE PEGGY SUE SIGNED collectable piece of memorabilia worth $1000. This will be drawn on the night at each show on the tour and presented to the lucky winner by Scott “BUDDY” Cameron.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20: THE PLAYHOUSE, CANBERRA, ACT Tickets from the venue – (02) 6275 7000 or www.canberratheatrecentre.com