Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Seekers Founder to Play Civic Centre

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Seekers Founder to Play Civic Centre

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Byline: Brian Bennion Brian.Bennion@qt.com.au

THE full sound of Keith Potger's 12-string guitar is something that would come in handy for solo performances.

But the founding member of The Seekers has gone the opposite way with the simplest of stringed instruments, writing his new songs on the ukulele for a new set to feature in his shows.

"It's just me, two guitars, a 12-string and a six string, and I've just introduced the ukulele to my act and that is going down really well with the audiences," Potger said.

"I've written a couple of songs based on the ukulele and also do a few ukulele songs that people would know. It's been a really positive thing to have that little instrument in the line-up.

"Having the 'uke' as a third instrument on stage, it is so easy to pick up and put down and it gives a different tone to the other stuff that I do on 12-string and six-string."

Artists such as Jack Johnson and George Harrison brought the ukulele back in vogue, with the instrument now showcased in music shops everywhere.

"They are a very affordable instrument, you don't need an amplifier and you can just pick it up and learn a few chords and you are strumming instantly. A guitar is fairly easy, but it is a bit of a learning curve for a lot of people. And the ukulele is just so portable.

"To be able to just pick up an instrument and start making music pretty well instantaneously is a great pull for people."

In his solo shows, Potger performs a number of songs from The Seekers repertoire.

"There are songs that you can't possibly leave the stage without singing," he said.

Although the carnival ended for The Seekers at the height of their fame in 1968, performance is something Potger has never been far from. He formed the New Seekers in 1969, at times performing and recording with the group and has released three solo CDs in between reunions and various line-ups of The Seekers.

"I don't call it work. When you can do something you love and it actually rewards not only yourself but other people as well that's quite a positive path to have in life," he said. …

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