The Edge

Re­gional gigs de­light mu­si­cian

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tamra Carr Tom Cur­tain will per­form in Kal­barri, Chap­man Val­ley and Coorow this Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

For mu­si­cian Tom Cur­tain, per­form­ing for re­gional au­di­ences is one of his favourite things about play­ing mu­sic.

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory-based artist — who is bring­ing his brand of coun­try mu­sic to Kal­barri, Chap­man Val­ley and Coorow this Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day — said his shows were al­ways well re­ceived by peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas.

“This will be my first time in Chap­man Val­ley, it will be great to get down there and say g’day to every­one,” Cur­tain said.

“I love per­form­ing any­where, but I re­ally love per­form­ing in re­gional ar­eas, I find the peo­ple are more ap­pre­cia­tive.

“Es­pe­cially the kids, we’re not only do­ing a con­cert but we put on an in­ter­ac­tive show for the chil­dren, with some dog and horse train­ing. Fam­i­lies love it.”

Cur­tain, who hails from a peanut farm in Queens­land, is bring­ing his own flavour of mu­sic to the Mid West with a series of orig­i­nal songs in­spired by his adopted home in Kather­ine.

“I’ve been in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory for 17 years mus­ter­ing cat­tle and some­thing about the en­tire re­gion, the peo­ple, the land­scape and all the char­ac­ters up there in­spired me to start writ­ing songs and play­ing the gui­tar,” he said.

Cur­tain, who re­cently re­leased his third coun­try mu­sic al­bum, Ter­ri­tory Time, said the pos­i­tive feed­back his al­bum re­ceived was a lit­tle scary.

“It went straight to num­ber one on iTunes al­bums, and it was a bit scary be­cause, re­ally, I’ve only ever been out in the bush train­ing horses and work­ing on the land,” he said.

“A song I re­cently wrote with my co-writer, Luke O’Shea, Never Never Land, has also been nom­i­nated for video clip of the year at the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Golden Gui­tar Awards. It’s a bit of an an­them for the Top End, and the never give up at­ti­tude up there.”

Cur­tain will per­form with Sydney-based mu­si­cian Ellen Amy, who will be his open­ing act for the Mid West tour.

Cur­tain and Amy will sing at Big River Ranch in Kal­barri at 6pm on Fri­day. On Satur­day the pair will be at Chap­man Val­ley Show­grounds for a 3pm start. On Sun­day, the show will start at 4pm at Ma­ley Park, Coorow.

Book­ings to all per­for­mances can be made by vis­it­ing www.kather­i­ne­out­back ex­pe­ri­­ri­to­ry­time

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