TOE-TAPPING: Dulcie Halsteed and Ev Jacobi put on their Tamworth Country Music hats when Brad Butcher and Brendan Radford paid the Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service a visit.
TOE-TAPPING: Dulcie Halsteed and Ev Jacobi put on their Tamworth Country Music hats when Brad Butcher and Brendan Radford paid the Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service a visit. Erica Murree

Who were the talented artists to wow crowd at Biggenden?

COUNTRY music lovers Ron and Lesty Samson, of Biggenden, decided to brighten people's lives by bringing some quality music to the town.

Mr Samson said farmers were doing it hard while businesses were doing it tough.

"We asked singer/songwriter Brad Butcher and vocalist/guitarist Brendan Radford to town and they jumped at the opportunity,” he said.

"Everyone had a great night at Anmol's Cafe.

"And for a couple of hours people forgot their problems.

"It was great to be able to brighten their lives.”

Mr Samson said they first met Brad when he was appearing with Kelli Cork at a lounge room concert at Maleny four years ago.

"Since then we've made it our business to know and support these artists,” he said.

The Samsons love their country music and have been going to Tamworth off and on for 30 years.

"Here we get to enjoy the music of Brad and Brendan.

At Tamworth Brendan is the musical director for all the backing music for many performers plus the Golden Guitar Awards.

Last year Brad won Best New Talent at the Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth and has gone on to become a Queensland award-winning artist.

The mates who sing beautifully together appear on a Monday night for a music session in various venues around Brisbane.

Brad was born and bred in Mackay and under the influence of the famous Graeme O'Connor was encouraged to sing and write songs.

He loves to tell stories of his life in Mackay in his songs as well as other topics.

Earlier in the day the two artists were chuffed at the reception they received when they entertained the Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service residents.

Also joining in the afternoon was the resident's chook, Henny Penny, who clucked along to the music.

There was lots of smiles on the resident's faces as they clapped along to the music.

Brad said it was great to meet everyone

"I don't get to do this often enough,” he said.

Brendan said it was good for the soul to come here.

"I hope someone does it for me one day,” he said.

In a bit of trivia, Brendan said his ancestor Arthur Seeney planted the first orange tree in Gayndah.

Brendan has a connection to the area as his mother grew up in Gayndah.

He said with a policeman dad they moved around but as kids we always spent out holidays there.

"My Uncle Ian were my first guitar teacher,” he said.

"He had not blond hair but white so he got called Snow.”

In Brendan's words he was a great fella.

"I thought a lot about him,” he said.

So much so Brendan wrote a song dedicated to him which included a line about fishing at Ideraway.


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