MUSICIANS rallied to support a "fallen brother" in Adamstown last night, giving Su Cruickshank a suitably musical send-off in front of a full house.
Musicians including Julie Wilson and Bruce Mathiske performed with a house band to 200 people at Adamstown Uniting Church to celebrate the late diva's life.
The show was originally scheduled for The Dungeon jazz venue downstairs, but the church itself was a full house by the time the "musical wake" began.
Jane Cruickshank said her sister would have loved being the centre of attention.
"It's not about loss, but what she gave all of us," she said. "She has left us a great legacy and a million funny and treasured memories."
Mark Tinson helped organise the event with Jane Cruickshank, Peter Gray and other family members.
Tinson, who produced Cruickshank's last album The Diva Swings, said the event was a suitable homage from her fellow musicians to one of their own. "She's a fallen brother," he said.
Gray praised Cruickshank's talent.
"Although Su had a strong Newcastle base she was a true international act," he said.
"You've got to have a big finish for Su."
Compered by long-time friend Lauren 'Baby Diva' O'Brien, all the performers volunteered their services.
The proceeds of the night will be given to cancer support group Make Today Count, one of Su's favourite charities.