Award-winning singer Karen Knowles coming to Harvey to perform tribute Under the Milky Way Tonight show

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Karen Knowles is bringing her tribute show to the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on April 20.
Camera IconKaren Knowles is bringing her tribute show to the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on April 20. Credit: Supplied

A member of a former television staple is set to come to the South West later this month in her tribute to three late titans of the Australian music industry.

Older audiences may recognise Karen Knowles through her time as a member of Young Talent Time during the late 1970s, her music releases in the early 1980s, or her stint at The Seekers’ lead singer in the early 1990s.

Now she is bringing her latest show Under the Milky Way Tonight to audiences at the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on April 20.

Ms Knowles said the decision to perform the show had come about from the loss of Olivia Newton-John, Judith Durham and Archie Roach, who all died within 10 days of each other last year.

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“I felt I just had to turn the grief and loss around into an honouring to ensure the wide love for each of them was made known and so we just didn’t just ‘move on’ without that acknowledgment,” she said.

“Each artist was incredibly unique — all had an essence of a clear channel of what they were wishing to communicate and their message landed so clearly and beautifully.”

The show is being promoted by organisers as an opportunity for the audience to collectively honour and celebrate the three singers, who all passed away last year and formed a large part of the soundtrack of many people’s lives.

Ms Knowles said she was excited to be coming to the town, noting her own great-grandparents were from the South West.

“I’ve never been to Harvey before but I am so energised by the lovely people I’ve met so far and I can feel tangibly the momentum building,” she said.

“I always love being in WA and particularly meeting locals within smaller communities and I’m also so excited to bring my band with me.”

Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett said he was excited to welcome Ms Knowles to the region.

“(She) is a fantastic performer who will have all in attendance singing along to some of Australia’s greatest hits,” he said.

General admission tickets are still available from the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre.

For more information, visit harveyrec.com or call 9729 3311.

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