The 2011 Christmas Tour started on December 1 in Canberra and finished in Perth on Saturday December 17 in Perth. At The Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Friday December 9 we recorded the show to screen on SBS at 9.30 on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas tour has been a huge amount of fun and we have really enjoyed getting out and meeting people along the way
Our special thanks go to all the fabulous artists that joined Julia, Brian, The RocKwiz Orkestra and Dugald for the tour or made special appearances at some of the shows. Patience Hodgson and Henry Wagons were with us all the way, including Homebake. Rebecca Barnard Lanie Lane and Shellie Morris appeared everywhere else but Loene Carmen, accompanied by her father Peter Head, stepped in for Lanie at the State Theatre in Sydney.
Josh Pyke had Kav Temperley in Perth and Kram in Brisbane to deputise for him. Kram also joined us at Homebake. Ross Wilson was with us at Homebake too, and everywhere but Adelaide and the second night in Melbourne so Joe Camilleri and Ben Salter starred on those nights.
Paul Kelly made a special appearance at the first Palais show and the following night Denis Walter performed with the St Kilda Girls Choir when Jon English had to miss his only tour show.
The Nymphs were with us everywhere (except Homebake) to open each show and provide beautiful harmonies.
Every night on the tour had a slightly different musical line up and the local contestants provided unexpected karaoke highlights. So that about wraps up our Christmas Tour.
Thanks to all who made it possible to present, special thanks to all the artists, and most especially thanks so much to all the people who came along to see it and take part.
Have yourselves a very Merry Christmas and let's do it again sometime.