Coun­try star stops by at Mount Perry

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

HE’S no stranger to the North Bur­nett but coun­try mu­si­cian Wal Neilsen will make his de­but at the Mount Perry Ho­tel on Satur­day night.

Born and bred on the Mary River near Mary­bor­ough, Neilsen has al­ways en­joyed mu­sic and took to the coun­try genre like mu­sic great Keith Ur­ban.

“He’s def­i­nitely one of my idols and I re­ally en­joy his mu­sic but he’s cur­rently in Amer­ica so I haven’t caught up with him,” he said.

Tak­ing out the Voice of Ur­ban ti­tle held in Ca­bool­ture in 2014, Neilsen said it was a great way of get­ting his mu­sic out there to the pub­lic.

“The prize money was $30,000 and this al­lowed me to get some ex­po­sure with my al­bums and or­gan­is­ing venues and tour­ing the re­gion,” he said.

“The whole ex­pe­ri­ence al­lowed me to gain knowl­edge from the best of the best and you re­ceived men­tor­ing on how to best pro­mote your mu­sic and what it takes to be an artist th­ese days.”

Vis­it­ing the North Bur­nett was one of Neilsen’s high­lights of his ca­reer.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed the North Bur­nett re­gion. With my tours I tend to stay within a five-hour ra­dius of where I live in Mary­bor­ough so I of­ten go tour­ing there,” he said.

“I toured Eidsvold this year and per­formed at their show ball and of­ten at­tend Gayn­dah.

“I’m yet to tour at Mun­dub­bera but it’s on my list of things to do.

“I’m pleased to be tour­ing at Mount Perry and I’ve vis­ited the place nu­mer­ous times this year.

“Last time it blew my mind, ev­ery­one who at­tended my show had such high en­ergy in the room.”

Neilsen tends to cover a lot of pub songs but stays within the coun­try genre.

“My base genre would be coun­try mu­sic which was in­stilled into me when I grew up,” he said.

“It all de­pends on what sort of mu­sic the au­di­ence prefers.

“I just got back from Tam­worth which was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and it al­lowed me to min­gle with top Aus­tralian mu­sic artists.”

Mount Perry Ho­tel em­ployee Me­lanie Mor­ton en­cour­aged peo­ple to sup­port Neilsen.

“We re­ally need that sup­port in the com­mu­nity and hav­ing him per­form to our small lit­tle town is a great way of get­ting our town no­ticed,” Mrs Mor­ton said.

Neilsen is set to per­form at the Mount Perry Ho­tel on Satur­day, July 15, from 7.30pm.

❝ I’m pleased to be tour­ing at Mount Perry and I’ve vis­ited the place nu­mer­ous times this year, last time it blew my mind. — Wal Neilsen

PHOTO: ROBIN-LEE REIDY

TUNE IN: Coun­try mu­si­cian Wal Neilsen will per­form at the Mount Perry Ho­tel on Satur­day.

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