KARIN PAGE ON THE ROAD
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.