THE NOISE NEXT DOORCultural historian, author, record producer and performer, Warren Fahey, moved to the Cross 15 years ago. His latest book, 'The...

Kings Bloody Cross: The Noise Next Door


The World Bar
2011 NSW

Kings Bloody Cross - The Noise Next Door


Warren Fahey AM

Warren Fahey AM

Warren John Fahey AM (born 3 January 1946) is a folklore collector, cultural historian, author, actor, broadcaster, record and concert producer, visual artist, songwriter and a performer of Australian traditional and related historical music. He is the founder of Folkways Music (1973), Larrikin Records (1974) and a folk music ensemble, the Larrikins (1975).

In 1988, Fahey sold his music publishing company, Larrikin Music, to Music Sales Corporation, and in 1995 sold Larrikin Records to Festival Music. In 2002, he established another record company, Undercover Music Australia.

Frankie Davidson OAM

Frankie Davidson has been entertaining Australians and overseas audiences since the heady days of Bandstand and six o'clock rock. His career now embraces five generations. He has been nominated for the 'MO' awards entertainer of the year in 1976 and 1979. 

He was chosen by his peers as Australia's most versatile performer — as a tribute to his staying power.

He was nominated for Best Male Cabaret Vocalist in 1992 and 1993. 

Frankie is also an accomplished actor, with many appearances in T.V soaps and dramas. He has also presented for T.V campaigns — Soccer Pools, Mazda's Mr Right and Caltex Oils.

Some of his film credits include Last Frontier, Muriel's Wedding, All Saints and Farscape. 

In January 1987, Frankie received the prestigious Advance Australia Award for his services to the music and entertainment industry.

In the entertainment world. Frankie Davidson is not only a true professional in every sense of the word but more importantly a real Australian entertainment legend. 

Ben Fink

Ben Fink

An integral member of the Australian independent music scene for over 15 years, Ben has toured, recorded, composed, with acts such as The Whitlams, Lior, Christa Hughes, iOTA, Lily Dior, Miriam Lieberman, Waiting for Guinness, The Stiff Gins, Voices from the Vacant Lot and King Clam, co-writing The Whitlams single “Best Work”, Lior’s indie hit “I’ll Forget You” and Lily Dior’s “Love is like a River”.

Event Details


Cultural historian, author, record producer and performer, Warren Fahey, moved to the Cross 15 years ago. His latest book, 'The Good Old Bad Old Days', is a salute to the area's curious history. Warren grew up hearing people say ‘It could only happen in Kings Bloody Cross’, a thought echoed by his longtime friend, the singer, Frankie Davidson, whose iconic song “Have you ever been to see Kings Cross?” was a national hit, and played nightly as the 'overture' at the infamous Les Girls.

Meanwhile, musicians from the Bourbon & Beefsteak played for thirsty Japanese mafia, crooked cops, and Sydney night owls. Composer and songwriter, Ben Fink, arranged the music for the hugely popular Hidden Sydney — an immersive cabaret celebrating Kings Cross in the '50s, '60s and '70s. 

Relive the antics and the era, one ripping yarn (and song) at a time.

Host: Warren Fahey AM
Guest: Frankie Davidson OAM, Ben Fink and musicians from the Bourbon & Beefsteak

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This session is part of a curated season of raw and riveting 'in conversation' events featuring Kings Cross luminaries. Rub shoulders with artists, idealists and opportunists and hear fascinating stories about 'ungentrified' Sydney — the heady days of rock 'n' roll, free love, corruption, opportunity, sex and politics during the twentieth century. Presented over three weekends, Kings Bloody Cross will engage audiences with thrilling insight into the dirty half mile's people, bohemia and place. 

Curated by Olivia Ansell. 

Presented by Live Ideas and Working Management.

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