Our first thing to see today was a variety of artists at the DAGs Singers Retreat. It’s a cool sheep farm hidden about an hour drive South from Tamworth. Here we got to see Kevin Bennett, Karl Broadie, Aleyce Simmonds, Allan Caswell, plus many more. It was awesome to see two of my fellow Academy mates Hayley Marsten and Tanya Cornish play a couple of their originals as well. Thanks to Jacob and his partner Cat for the ride.
When we returned back, we raced to Capitol Theatre to support our other Academy mates Bonnie-Lee Jessen, Courtney-Jayne Keil, Joseph Balfe, Sam Jessen, as well as a couple of Kiwis including Zoe Scott and Liam Kennedy-Clark. We arrived late, however thankfully we got to see all the performers we wanted to support. Well done to everyone involved in staging this event. Carter & Carter … it’s great to see you giving all these up and coming performers a really good go.
We raced at a rate of knots to the next gig … “Bennett, Bowtell, and Urquhart” who were playing at Wests League Blazes. We were there first and foremost to support Kevin Bennett and Lyn Bowtell, however the full trio were incredible. It was gutting that we had to leave early, but I loved what I heard so much that we purchased an album on our way out the door.
We raced into the International Round-Up event at The Tamworth Golden Guitar Information Centre. This was an excellent opportunity for the NZ Gold Guitar winners to showcase their skills. Everyone was impressed. Campbell’s cheeky grin had the crowds wrapped around his finger. Joseph’s finger work over the guitar keep any budding guitarist playing air guitar like a pro. When it came to me, I saw a number of people sitting and getting into the music. NZ represent. A few photo opportunities, some time at the pub next door (The Longyard), and we were ready to call it another day. Big thank you to the Tamworth Regional Council for their work towards making us feel welcome this evening.