A Coastal country music star is coming back to the North to play with one of Australia’s biggest names to at a major festival.
The Summer Moon Country Music Festival is bringing headline acts Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts and North-West Coaster Casey Barnes to Josef Chromy Wines for a a one day concert.
Casey Barnes spent most of his childhood living at Ulverstone and Turners Beach but was born in Launceston and moved back there in his late teenage years, he currently lives on the Gold Coast.
Mr Barnes said it was great to be coming back, especially with such a great line up.
“This is the first major country music festival Northern Tassie have had, Josef Chromy is such an amazing location,” Mr Barnes said.
He said he had a really supportive music teacher at Ulverstone High School, Mr Edwards, who helped him get out of his comfort zone and perform his music.
“He (Mr Edwards) was supportive and I was shy. He encouraged me to get up in front of the whole school assembly and after that I thought could get used to this.”
He said one of his first gigs was at Irish Murphy’s in Launceston.
“I used to walk passed Irish Murphy's when 16 and 17 and think one day if I could just get my name on the blackboard out the front.
“You start off with small little goals, at the time that was the biggest thing that I thought could happen.”
He said headline act Lee Kernaghan was someone he really looked up to and he also lived on the Gold Coast so he was able to give him some tips.
“I also have massive respect for the McClymonts, they are super talented.”
The commercial radio industry has changed recently, which Mr Barnes said means his music is played on both commercial and country music stations so a lot more people are becoming familiar with his music.
“My overall sound has changed a bit over the last few years. I had been going over to Nashville but I recorded my last album here.”
Event Director Bede Clifton said they needed a venue that was visually stunning with a natural amphitheatre so everyone could easily see the stage in a relaxed and friendly environment.
He said the timing of the event was debated by management because the Launceston calendar was busy from January to March.
The Summer Moon Country Music Festival is on Saturday December 15 at Josef Chromy Wines from 11am to 8.30pm. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.au