COUN­TRY ST YLE IN THE GENES

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

COUN­TRY mu­sic is in Noeleen Smith’s blood.

The Townsville singer, who grew up in Char­ters Tow­ers, in­her­ited her mu­si­cal tal­ent from her fa­ther.

“He was what we’d call a back­yard singer, a bar­be­cue singer,” she said.

“He played ev­ery­thing by ear ... piano, banjo, gui­tar ...

“Dad was an in­spi­ra­tion for us five girls.

“My sis­ter and I do a duo to­gether play­ing around Townsville. We’re called The Char­lies. When we do gigs we some­times get Dad up on stage.”

Smith said at­tend­ing and play­ing at the Char­ters Tow­ers Mu­sic Fes­ti­val helped fuel her pas­sion for the genre.

Now 46 years old and a mother of three, Smith is about to re­lease her first EP, The Bat­tle, with some of the songs al­ready at­tract­ing at­ten­tion from coun­try mu­sic ra­dio sta­tions.

“Age is no bar­rier I guess when comes to mu­sic,” she said. “I’m liv­ing the dream at 46 years old. “I al­ways sort of thought it was a young per­son’s thing but I’m do­ing it.”

Smith started work on the five- song EP a year and a half ago, record­ing it with Park­way Stu­dios in Townsville.

The Bat­tle will be launched on July 22 at the Bohle Barn Ho­tel.

LIV­ING THE DREAM: Townsville coun­try singer Noeleen Smith is about to launch her first EP. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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