Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand @cnbtimes.com.au

WELL known singer­song­writer Karin Page will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in the North Bur­nett this week­end.

Based in By­ron Bay and Perth, Ms Page will be singing as part of the Open Road tour, stop­ping by in Mundubbera on Satur­day night be­fore head­ing to Bund­aberg on Sun­day.

Mu­sic keeps Ms Page a busy lady and she says it is her pas­sion.

“I be­gan per­form­ing on the stage at seven years old, thought I’d go into mu­si­cal the­atre but af­ter leav­ing school I con­tin­ued writ­ing songs and singing,” she said.

“It all started with play­ing orig­i­nals and cov­ers and I went down my own path.

“I cre­ated a band that was called Spoon­ful of Sugar which lasted a cou­ple of years but then de­cided to change the name as peo­ple would type it and find Mary Pop­pins.”

Ms Page said her mu­sic en­com­passed quite a few gen­res.

“I like to think my mu­sic is a bit of folk, coun­try and roots,” she said.

“I write songs that have mean­ing, I look at how sit­u­a­tions af­fect peo­ple and I try to in­cor­po­rate that into my song­writ­ing as mu­sic can change peo­ple’s lives.”

Af­ter Spoon­ful of Sugar, Ms Page changed the name of her band to China Dolls.

“Whilst in Western Aus­tralia I was tour­ing around the re­gion and de­cided that af­ter four-five years, there wasn’t much left to do so I be­gan to travel,” she said.

“I had built up a fan base in WA but wanted some­thing more, I wanted to be on the road.”

In May 2014, Ms Page took to the road with her part­ner and fel­low mu­si­cian Adam Nye­holt and they spent al­most 18 months writ­ing and play­ing shows all over Aus­tralia.

A year later saw Ms Page win the Toy­ota Star Maker Com­pe­ti­tion held in Tam­worth.

“It was pretty in­cred­i­ble win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion, as past mu­si­cians that won it in­cluded Keith Ur­ban, Lyn Bowtell, Sam McC­ly­monts to name a few,” she said.

“It’s been go­ing for 37 years and it saw me re­lease three sin­gles and three film clips.”

The com­pe­ti­tion fast tracked Ms Page’s suc­cess and led her to Nashville, the coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal.

“I got to play at the hard rock cafe along­side Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley, it was pretty spe­cial,” Ms Page said.

“There were lots of peo­ple that went and it was a good way of get­ting my mu­sic out there to the com­mu­nity.”

As a song­writer and mu­si­cian Ms Page be­lieves it’s about con­nect­ing with the au­di­ence.

“My re­spon­si­bil­ity in life is to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety and we do that by bring­ing is­sues to the fore­front,” she said.

The Open Road Tour is a new con­cept cre­ated by Bren­dan Nawrocki.

“It’s dif­fer­ent to other shows, it’s a song­writ­ers event where it’s all about the song,” Ms Page said.

“We sit on stools, one artist goes up and af­ter the song is com­plete, it’s up to the next artists to present their song, it’s like an im­promptu night.

“Peo­ple can ask ques­tions and we are more en­gag­ing and more in­ter­ac­tive, it’ll be a lot of fun.”

This Satur­day, don’t miss Karin Page per­form­ing at the Mundubbera Town Hall with doors open­ing at 6.45pm. Tick­ets can be bought on the night for $20. “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port and see you on Satur­day,” Ms Page said.


RIS­ING STAR: Karin Page will per­form in Mundubbera this week­end.

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