Dog Trumpet ready to turn heads at Rock Relief benefit concert

In the end, all it took was a phone call from an old friend to convince Dog Trumpet to perform at the Northern Beaches Council staged Rock Relief benefit concert at Brookvale Oval.

Brothers Reg Mombassa and Peter O’Doherty, also members of iconic Australian rock band Mental as Anything before electing to also pursue their sibling side project from 1990 onwards, were happy to help out following a call from a Council staff member.

“I have known (Manly Art Gallery curator) Ross Heathcote for some time, so when he suggested we take part in Rock Relief, we were on board instantly,’’ Dog Trumpet vocalist Peter O’Doherty said.

“Events across Australia with the drought and now the bush fires have been horrendous, I am actually quite concerned this is the beginning of an ecological disaster.

“We (Dog Trumpet) are in a position to help out, and we never get tired of performing, especially at an iconic venue such as Brookvale Oval.

“The great thing about these shows is the interesting spectrum of music you don’t always get a chance to see, and we will certainly aim to please.”

Reg Mombassa, who talent as a visual artist matches his on-stage charisma, is equally excited about performing at the traditional home of NRL side Manly Sea Eagles.

“I’m impressed by the (band) line-up so far, and I’m sure a few more will be on board closer to the date,’’ he said.

“Our good friends The Hoodoo Gurus are always great live, and I’m sure The Choirboys will leave fans wanting more.

“Personally, I’ve been very humbled by the response from the Australian community following this unprecedented natural disaster. This concert is a chance to help those who are struggling, it is what we should be about as a nation, helping others whenever possible.”

Other confirmed artists and bands include the likes of Shannon Noll, The Superjesus, Furnace and the Fundamentals and GRAACE.

All profits from the show will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery campaign.

Tickets for Northern Beaches Council’s Rock Relief concert on Saturday 15 February from 2pm-9pm are $55 (plus booking fee).

They can be purchased online at beachesrockrelief.com.au