Brill is back after popular demand

Adam Parsons and Reyna Hudgell join Colin Mockett for More Brill Songs. (Supplied)

After the success of last year’s sell-out success of Just Brill, Colin Mockett OAM, Adam Parsons and Reyna Hudgell return with a brand new show at the Potato Shed.

More Brill Songs continues Mockett’s exploration of the people and stories behind the hits that flowed from the iconic Brill Building in Manhattan, New York from the late 50s through the 60s.

The Brill Building was the home of musicians and songwriting teams such as Burt Bacharach, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Ben E King, Bobby Darin and Neil Sedaka.

Dubbed the Hit Factory, the building turned out such classic songs as Sweet Caroline, The Loco-Motion, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Up On the Roof, I Got You Babe and River Deep, Mountain High, to name just a few.

More Brill Songs is but the latest in a series of shows created by Mockett, where he recounts stories of important musical figures, accompanied by live performances of the musical subject matter by local musicians.

Mockett said the new show was a by demand of audiences who had seen the original Just Brill.

“When we put the first show on back in June of last year, I think a lot of people didn’t know what to expect,” Mockett said.

“But it was full, that’s 177 people, and then afterwards they came up and said you’ve got to do it again. Because I talked about Carole King and (Gerry) Goffin writing particular songs and then we’d sing one of them, and they wanted those other songs as well.

“And the same was true of the hits of the Drifters and the Coasters and Ben E King. So we agreed to do the first showtime of this year as a follow up with more Brill songs.”

More Brill Songs is at the Potato Shed at 10.30am Tuesday, March 12, with tickets available for $20 including refreshments. Book online at or call the Potato Shed Box Office on 5251 1998.