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20 Jan 2011
By Linda McGregor
Jan
20
2011

The hottest ticket in town on Tuesday night

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Two songs about alcohol, “Father drinks too much” and “Sobering up and settling down”, got David Garnham over the limit last night at the Telstra Road to Tamworth final where odes to his main sources of inspiration won him the songwriter award to the delight of a packed crowd of almost 2000.

“I find it easy to write about booze and women – 90 per cent of my songs are about them and most of them are miserable.  I’ve too much of one, and not enough of the other,” David said.

David shared the limelight with 22 year old Harry Hookey, who won the Performer Award. Cheap flights to Tasmania with his ever supportive Mum got Harry into a Heat, after missing out on the Geelong Heat closer to home.

Both were stunned and amazed to be chosen as winners, and look forward to a year developing their own sound, writing songs, making contacts and generally making the most of the every opportunity that comes their way on the trip to the “university” of country music , Nashville.

Both had some advice for would-be stars:

“Go for it, if you are passionate, you will go a lot further than you think you will.” – Harry

“Keep at it.” – David, who was “the loser from last year” who missed out in 2009, but re-entered more determined to win this time around.

David & Harry’s big night was supported by a cast of country music’s greats:  the darling of country music, Felicity Urquhart, who I managed to catch up with, along with fellow judge, James Blundell, Amber Lawrence and the hottest trio in country music, the mighty McClymonts, making it Tamworth’s biggest ticket in town.

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