A man and his gui­tar

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CELEBRITY ESCAPE -

League great Eric Grothe still loves per­form­ing be­fore the crowds, writes Chanel Parratt

EG: The Gold Coast. My mum, dad and brother are there so I’m up there ev­ery Christ­mas. Lots of nice lunches and din­ners PAR­RA­MATTA pow­er­house and rugby league great Eric “Guru” Grothe Snr says if there’s one thing he can’t travel with­out th­ese days, it’s his gui­tar.

Grothe, who will per­form at the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next weekend, says visi­tors should take the time to ex­plore the main street to see all the ta­lented buskers and stop in at the Long­yard Ho­tel where you can catch Eric Grothe & the Gu­rus.

Favourite place to travel in Aus­tralia?

to­gether, re­lax­ing and tak­ing it easy and a fair bit of golf with my brother as he loves it.

How about over­seas?

EG: I don’t get to go over­seas much for hol­i­days but I had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Europe with the Aus­tralian team when I was play­ing rugby league. The Swiss Alps re­ally stand out in my mem­ory. Cha­monix in France is another place I think of fondly, pic­ture per­fect with amaz­ing snow-capped moun­tains there too. It was like a dream.

What des­ti­na­tions are on your wish list?

EG: The bucket list (laughs) yeah there’s a few I need to start tick­ing off. Hawaii and the rest of Amer­ica, Italy and I re­ally want to get to Egypt to see the pyra­mids.

What are you look­ing for­ward to most at this year’s Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val?

EG: We’ve played there for the past five or six years and, like each of those, we look for­ward to the crowds. They’re so re­spon­sive, they love any kind of mu­sic and they re­ally get in­volved. Ev­ery­one is so friendly, they’re all there for the right rea­sons – to re­lax, lis­ten to mu­sic and have a good time.

When you’re not per­form­ing, do you get the chance to check out the other bands?

EG: Ab­so­lutely. We al­ways take a walk down the main street to where the buskers play, it’s in­cred­i­ble. We’ll pop our head in to a few pubs to see who’s play­ing, there’s such a great at­mos­phere and I’m al­ways sur­prised by how many dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic there are at Tam­worth.

What’s on the Gu­rus’ set list?

I don’t want to give all our se­crets away but we’ve been learn­ing some new songs. We played a Brian Ferry song, This Is Tomorrow Call­ing, a few weeks back that went down well so that will be on the list.

Are you ner­vous be­fore a gig?

EG: The nerves are al­ways there, but once you get into the first song they go awayquickly. The crowd are al­ways be­hind you and a few beers over prac­tice with your band mates be­fore helps.

Cheesi­est thing you’ve done trav­el­ling?

EG: A lo­cal pa­per wanted to take a photo of us in front of the Big Golden Gui­tar a few years back so there might be a cheesy photo of us lean­ing over a cam­era lens float­ing around (laughs).


Brian Crisp

Es­cape ed­i­tor also be per­form­ing in Tam­worth with his band The Dead­lin­ers at The Court House Ho­tel and Fam­ily Ho­tel on Fri­day. See the venues or tcmf.com.au Brian in­vites all Es­cape read­ers to drop in and say hello.


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