Mu­si­cal ca­reer finds right key

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is pretty good for Mick Makin’s old friend and fel­low mu­si­cian Anna Weatherup. Af­ter 12 months liv­ing in Bris­bane she couldn’t be hap­pier with the way her mu­si­cal ca­reer is go­ing ahead — but she still has time to re­mem­ber where she came from.

Anna was back in town last night for a one-off show with Mick at The Metropole — her old stomp­ing ground — and has made a point of re­turn­ing north ev­ery cou­ple of months. ‘‘(Play­ing with Mick) is fun, def­i­nitely,’’ she said. ‘‘Mick’s got a good judg­ment on mu­sic, a good reper­toire, style, choice of songs and rhythm.

‘‘I came up for a Mag­netic Is­land gig in June and since then we’ve played wed­dings and week­end gigs at The Metropole.’’

De­spite a hic­cup in­volv­ing a for­got­ten bag on that oc­ca­sion, Anna rel­ished the chance to come back to Townsville to play.

‘‘It’s not dif­fi­cult at all, it’s great ac­tu­ally . . . you get to come back and visit friends,’’ she said.

But her ca­reer in Bris­bane has taken off with reg­u­lar gigs in the pop­u­lar For­ti­tude Val­ley and a record­ing on the way in the new year. ‘‘I had it set up from the be­gin­ning,’’ she said. ‘‘I scored a jobin a cof­fee shop in (For­ti­tude) Val­ley. I’ve met so many peo­ple in­clud­ing mu­si­cal con­nec­tions, it’s been a great help.’’

Work­ing in hos­pi­tal­ity has fast-tracked Anna’s net­work­ing in the city and has made her many in­valu­able friends.

‘‘Be­cause I can’t stop talk­ing I’ve met a lot of peo­ple just hav­ing a chat over the counter. When you’re in hos­pi­tal­ity you just talk,’’ she said. And 2007 holds many great things for Anna. ‘‘I’ve got a friend help­ing me out (with the record­ing) and when he’s back in the new year we’ll get stuck into it,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s also talks of trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia.’’

Ann Weatherup

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