Red gums inspire music

March 17, 2017

On tour: Singer/songwriter Simon Marks will be performing at the Yarroweyah Memorial Hall in March.

Singer-songwriter Simon Marks will be bringing his talents to Yarroweyah in a treat for music fans.

Mr Marks, who originally hails from Fremantle in Western Australia, relocated to Barmah last year in a move that has dramatically influenced his style of music.

‘‘Coming to the bush setting of regional Victoria, I have noticed a big change in how I write my music,’’ he said.

‘‘I have realised that in the city I was writing for a band setting, which means a louder type of music.

‘‘In the country the music has been toned down, which is something quite interesting to me.’’

Mr Marks has reunited with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Ben Franz (The Waifs) and Syd Green (19- Twenty) to record his fourth release Big River, Little Stories.

Mr Marks began his career with an invite to perform at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival and from there the engaging live performer has toured the globe and Australia playing to a loyal saddlebag of followers at festivals, concerts, bars and everything in between.

‘‘I tend to take a lot of experience from other artists like Paul Kelly. He is someone I really like the writing style of,’’ he said.

‘‘Life among the majestic red gums by the river’s edge evoked the album’s theme based around the area, its people, and the move to life in country Victoria.’’

Mr Marks will also be playing at the G.R.A.I.N Store in Nathalia on Friday, March 17, from 7pm, accompanied by West Australian harmonica player Jean-Guy Lemire with support from indie rock musician and singer-songwriter Liam Wyatt-Carter from award-winning local band The Delirious.

●Mr Marks will be playing at the Yarroweyah Memorial Hall on Friday, March 24.

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