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Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Bernard Fanning delivered a moving performance at the Leeuwin Family Concert.
Camera IconBernard Fanning delivered a moving performance at the Leeuwin Family Concert. Credit: Declan Bush

A relaxed crowd gathered last Saturday for Bernard Fanning’s Leeuwin Estate family concert.

About 3500 people spread across the winery’s grounds to see the Powderfinger star perform songs from his solo catalogue and most recent album Civil Dusk.

The Panics’ frontman Jae Laffer got the evening started on acoustic guitar, with help from Margaret River-born guitarist Ash Blakeney.

Bernard Fanning delivered a moving performance at the Leeuwin Family Concert.
Camera IconBernard Fanning delivered a moving performance at the Leeuwin Family Concert. Credit: Declan Bush

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The songwriter also paid tribute to rock legend Prince, finishing Powderfinger hit These Days with a rousing chorus of Purple Rain to see the night out.

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