The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

Syd­ney-based singer-song­writer Jack Carty came into SDHQ stu­dio a few weeks back to per­form songs from his re­cent al­bum Home State. While there he re­vealed he has been work­ing on a new col­lec­tion of songs fea­tur­ing his reg­u­lar col­lab­o­ra­tor bassist Gus Gar­diner and the Satel­lite Strings, made up of mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Cham­ber Or­ches­tra. It’s per­haps no sur­prise, then, that the for­mer na­tive of Bellin­gen in north­ern NSW, who is half­way through an Aus­tralian tour, has cho­sen his home town to de­but this new work, as part of the Bello Win­ter Mu­sic fes­ti­val that takes place in July. To fur­ther hon­our its prodi­gal son, the fes­ti­val has made Carty its first pa­tron of the fes­ti­val, a duty that will in­volve per­form­ing ev­ery day at the event and work­ing with its youth men­tor­ship pro­gram. “I still call [Bellin­gen] home to­day, even af­ter years of trav­el­ling,” says Carty. “Hav­ing grown up in a small town be­fore mov­ing to the city and div­ing head­long into a world of in­de­pen­dent artists, the two con­stants in my life so far have been mu­sic and com­mu­nity. I’m hugely hon­oured to have been named their first ever fes­ti­val pa­tron.” Also on the Bello bill are Amer­i­can singer Joe Pug, Gomez’s Ben Ot­tewell and Mama Kin.

Jack Carty still calls Bellin­gen home

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