Down a hard road

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - BRIT­TANY STACK FAM­ILY CON­FI­DEN­TIAL: THE NOLLS, ABC1, Thurs­day, 8pm

EV­ERY­ONE knows Aussie rocker Shan­non Noll as the multi- plat­inum record­ing artist who shot to fame in 2003 as the run­ner- up on the first se­ries of Aus­tralian Idol.

But a lot prob­a­bly don’t know the rea­sons why he tried out for the show in the first place.

Fam­ily Con­fi­den­tial takes a look at the life of Noll and his fam­ily away from the spot­light.

Shan­non grew up on the fam­ily’s 100- year- old farm, in Con­dobolin NSW, with his two older broth­ers, Damian and Adam ( all pic­tured).

The broth­ers never doubted they would in­herit the farm, af­ter all, the Nolls had been farm­ing for five gen­er­a­tions.

They worked the land by day and en­ter­tained crowds by night, per­form­ing in their rock and roll cover band in coun­try pubs; Shan­non singing, Damian on drums and Adam on gui­tar.

Then a freak ac­ci­dent in 2001, which killed their beloved fa­ther, cat­a­pulted the Noll broth­ers into a se­ries of events that would de­fine them as men.

This show, now in its sec­ond sea­son, will fea­ture other celebri­ties and their fam­i­lies in the com­ing weeks and in­clude au­thor Bryce Courte­nay, ac­tor Ernie Dingo, and bil­lion­aire widow Janet Holmes a Court and her sons Peter and Paul.

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