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