THE 60 FOUR
ADELAIDE'S FIRST-CLASS TRIBUTE TO THE '60S
The 60 Four is a four piece group who are presenting the hottest, freshest 60s tribute act. With their slick moves and tight four-part harmonies, these charming young men perform all of your favourite 60's songs.
The group are led and directed by Ben Francis who, along with Lachlan Williams, Kyle Hall and Jack Conroy, began performing 60s songs when at school together in Adelaide. They weren’t born in this era but don’t let that fool you into thinking their portrayal is inferior. They bring their own arrangements and a blend that emanates from their obvious rapport as friends. The group have gone from strength to strength and performances have included three sold-out Fringe Seasons, a contract with The Royal Adelaide Show, the South Australian Media Awards, The RFDS Barefoot Beach Ball, Big Girls Day Out, and many other corporate, charity and private bookings.
The 60 Four combine hit songs, world class harmonies, smart suits and choreography to provide timeless, rousing entertainment. A vocal and visual treat.
In 2015, myself and three school-mates found ourselves in a music class together, singing 60’s music under the guidance of well-known Australian performer Michael Griffiths. This was our first taste of 60’s music, apart from our collective love of The Jersey Boys musical and the odd appreciation of a Mix 102.3 hit. Our group, which consisted of approximately 10 high school students, rehearsed the Four Season’s hit ‘Sherry’ for a performance at the Big Barbershop Day Out, an annual a cappella workshop held at St Peters College in Adelaide. To our amazement, we received rapturous applause and a standing ovation from the full house.
A couple of weeks later, a performance opportunity arose, and with Lachlan, Kyle, and Tom, we prepared a medley of Four Seasons songs. With no name, and with the belief that this would be a one-off performance, we performed as guests at the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards at the Entertainment Centre, to another standing ovation.
Our love for the harmonies and the realisation that this iconic sound had universal and timeless appeal, led us to explore more music of the era, extending our repertoire and adding sharp suits and slick choreography quintessential of that period.
At the end of 2016, after an extremely successful year, bass singer Tom Russell was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and hung up his red jacket. This was a sad loss: Tom had been an active member of The 60 Four since it’s inception. Tom was replaced by Jordan Tomljenovic who performed with the band for the entire 2017 season. After being accepted in to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Jordan left The 60 Four in December 2017, and was replaced by Jack Conroy. Jack is currently contracted to the touring production of the musical Book of Mormon and performing in his place for 2020 will be Finn Green.
- Ben Francis