Steve Foster concert will remember South Australian music legend from Murray Bridge | VIDEO

A memorial concert will be held in Adelaide for a musician who got his start in Murray Bridge and shared his talent with audiences around the world.

Singer-songwriter Steve Foster died on January 25, at the age of 71, after a short battle with cancer.

He learnt banjo and mandolin as a youngster, took singing lessons, performed in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, and formed a trad jazz band, the Barons, in 1962.

He recorded his first 45 with local label K-Bee a year before he finished at Murray Bridge High School.

After spending 12 months recovering from a motorbike accident, he was accepted into the South Australian School of Art, but quit to "spread the gospel according to Bob Dylan" at clubs like the Catacombs in Adelaide.

By 1966 his new band, Inkase, was supporting the likes of the Loved Ones and the Twilights.

The next few years were a rush of residencies, guitar and harmonica practice, work at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and more bands including future AC/DC front man Bon Scott's act, the Mount Lofty Rangers.

He became involved with the anti-war movement in Sydney in November 1969, played the landmark Myponga Festival in 1971 and gave songwriting workshops at the Adelaide Festival in 1972.

The same year he was offered a record deal with Brian Cadd's Bootleg label and laid down his debut album, Coming Home in a Jar.

From a base in Melbourne, he toured Australia during the early 1970s with acts including Mississippi, which later became the Little River Band; he later co-wrote their single Forever Blue.

On his return to Adelaide, he and his band supported the likes of Richard Clapton and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons at suburban venues in the late 70s.

He continued to perform in Melbourne after the birth of his daughter Nicci in 1981, was badly injured in a head-on car crash on Valentine's Day of 1987, but returned to the stage again the next year.

He also taught music and manufactured equine medicine during the 1990s, and kept playing after his return to SA in 2003.

He had acted as an Australia Day ambassador since 2008.

Mr Foster will be inducted into the Adelaide Music Collective's South Australian Music Hall of Fame at the memorial concert, to be held at the Governor Hindmarsh tomorrow night.

Graham Davidge, Geoff Mayne, John Appleby, Chris Goodall, Michael Cooper and others will perform, and Channel Seven's Paul Makin will emcee.

Instead of imposing an entry charge, the organisers have asked that those who attend buy some of Mr Foster's music to support his fiancee Jenny, with whom he had moved to Burra last year.

Vale: The late Steve Foster, a giant of the folk music scene in the 1960s and 70s, performs in 2014. Photo: Facebook.

Vale: The late Steve Foster, a giant of the folk music scene in the 1960s and 70s, performs in 2014. Photo: Facebook.


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