Murray up to the challenge
THE man behind some of Australia’s most iconic songs is heading to Port Douglas.
Respected musician and songwriter Neil Murray is not only going to perform at the Clink Theatre, he is also going to play a major role in this year’s Carnivale.
“I was looking for an engagement to play at the Clink Theatre and I performed there in 2007 with Shane Howard and was impressed with the room,” he said.
“The date I was looking at happened to be in the Carnivale week so it made sense to be part of that.
“Apart from my perform- ance on May 26 I will be involved in the judging of the Songwriters Challenge grand final.”
The Songwriters Challenge has grown to become a feature of Carnivale, with the region’s best songwriters vying for the crown.
This year’s Songwriters Challenge grand final will be held at the Carnivale Club at the Sugar Wharf on Saturday, May 28.
Murray hit the big time in the early 1980s as a founding member of the Warumpi Band which helped pioneer contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia.
Since then he has produced a number of “clas- sics” including Blackfella Whitefella, My Island Home and was co-writer of the first pop rock son in indigenous language Jailanguru Pakarnu.
Murray will be performing at the Port Douglas Clink Theatre on Thursday May 26, tickets cost $25 and will be released very soon.
“The locals can anticipate an intimate performance of songs both old and new that evoke a journey through the nation’s conscience, plumbing new depths of meaning in our heritage,” Murray said.
More details on the Songwriters Challenge are available at www.carnivale. com.au.