By Mandy Oakham
Anyone heading to Ocean Grove’s Apple Fair next week better be ready to break out their grungiest gear and the best moves they used to make back in the ’90s.
Helping them get into the grooves will be the best band in town, The Apple Fairies, making its regular appearance at the fair, which is the main annual fundraiser for Ocean Grove Primary School.
The Fairies are a part of a tradition started many years ago by parents of children at the school. The original line up included Sarah Carol, Phil Turnour, Andrea and Dave Robinson and Tim Neil.
As families changed and evolved at the school, so did The Apple Fairies line up.
“Last year we were all about the ’80s because we knew that the parents would relate to this era, complete with costumes, accessories, bad hair and make up,“ band member Tara Lynch said.
“This year we have moved on to ’90s rock and some home grown numbers. Expect to hear some Iggy Pop, INXS, Powdefinger, Goanna, Divinyls, Dan Sultan and more.
“We are still researching the costumes, but may all need therapy after that, the ’90s were frightening!“
The school’s music teacher, Dallas Holden, will be performing with her duo, Shy, after the Fairies this year. and Heath Robertson., a former student of the school, will be kicking off the evening with a performance with his own band. Local musicians will ensure the tunes keep on coming from 4pm to 9pm on the day.
The Apple Fairies this year consist of Tara Lynch vocals, Bianca Forrester vocals, Matt Shanahan keys and tambourine, Aaron Wales bass, Greg Southall guitar and Andrew Vickers on drums. The group all play or have played in various bands of various genres but make an annual appearance for the fair.
“There are two prerequisites to being in the Fairies, you must be prepared to embarass your children and no egos,“ Tara laughed.
“As Robbie Williams would say, ’Doing it for the kids’!“