Mur­ray up to the chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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 at­ni­vale.

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