Singing about the yards

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

THAN­G­OOL’S Ash­ley Cook has been record­ing mu­sic for about 15 years.

In his lat­est project, the singer-song­writer has paid trib­ute to the Grace­mere Sa­le­yards in a song that tells the his­tory of the com­plex.

The in­de­pen­dent mu­si­cian had been a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the Grace­mere Sa­le­yards where he had bought cat­tle for many years.

“I al­ways thought there was a story there to be told, that’s how it came about,” Ash­ley said.

The CQ man had done his home­work on the fa­mous

com­plex be­fore writ­ing the song, Grace­mere Cat­tle Yards.

He en­listed the help of Grace­mere res­i­dent Peter Priem to as­sist with re­search into the sa­le­yards be­fore they put the song to­gether.

The singer-song­writer said the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the song was how the sa­le­yards had grown over the years.

“We wanted to do a lively track so hope­fully it catches on and peo­ple re­mem­ber it,” Ash­ley said.

Ash­ley is cur­rently work­ing on his sev­enth al­bum, which will fea­ture Grace­mere Cat­tle Yards.

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