Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

AF­TER decades with clubs and bands through­out the State, mu­si­cian Peter Grout is look­ing to strike a sim­i­lar chord and form a coun­try mu­sic club in Har­vey.

Mr Grout moved to Har­vey three years ago and has played with a num­ber of mu­sic clubs over the years, as a found­ing mem­ber of the Ar­madale Coun­try Mu­sic Club in the 1980s.

“Four of us got to­gether in a pub and af­ter about five years it was the big­gest one in the metropoli­tan area,” he said.

Mr Grout said he was happy to ex­plore any type of mu­sic in­clud­ing folk, apart from rock and heavy metal, and is look­ing for other in­ter­ested mu­si­cians in the area.

“I’m into any type of mu­sic re­ally,” he said.

“You never re­ally know what could come out of it.”

Mr Grout said Aus­tralia had a great folk song his­tory which was rarely ex­plored, with much of the com­monly known songs be­ing of Ir­ish and Bri­tish ori­gin, and it was some­thing he would like to try.

“It’s hard to find some­one with tra­di­tional Aus­tralian stuff too, lots of peo­ple have any num­ber of the old English and Scot­tish songs,” he said.

“Our big­gest folk song his­to­rian was Slim Dusty.

“I’d like to find some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates what he’s done.”

Mr Grout said he had met a num­ber of mu­si­cians in the area and was hop­ing to get to­gether with oth­ers for a chat and a strum.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple around that do it, it just needs a lit­tle cat­a­lyst to kick it off,” he said.

Har­vey mu­si­cian and in­stru­ment maker Peter Grout is call­ing on fel­low mu­si­cians to start up a Coun­try Mu­sic club at Har­vey.

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