Tom Richardson to headline Ararat Live gig

BLUES and roots musician Tom Richardson will headline Ararat Live's first gig for 2014 tomorrow night.

The show, which will also feature Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Cook, will be in Ararat Hotel's Red Room from 8pm.

Richardson, who first performed for Ararat Live in November 2011, said he was looking forward to returning to the Wimmera.

"It's been a little while between drinks, but it will be good to come back," he said.

"It's a really different environment from other gigs. I tend to play a lot in regional areas, and sometimes you get that country pub mentality, where you've got races on the TV and meat raffles and things like that competing with the music.

"When I played for Ararat Live I found it was a really nice, listening audience.

"Hopefully it will be like that this time as well."

Richardson will kickstart the Victorian leg of his latest tour in Ararat.

"I'm in the process of launching a new CD and DVD, Tom Richardson Live," he said.

"I've had a really good response to it so far. It's been great."

Richardson said he was excited to be performing with Cook.

"He's a really amazing singer-songwriter," he said.

"He's in the acoustic, folky genre and is really popular on the folk festival scene in Canada.

"It's the first time he's been out to Australia. He helped me out when I was over in Canada so now I'm returning the favour."

Ararat Live's Rob Shea said the not-for-profit group was looking forward to Richardson's return to Ararat.

"There are very few Australian festival stages on which Tom hasn't performed," he said.

"He has shared stages with the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Cold Chisel, The Waifs and You Am I."

Mr Shea said Richardson used the latest loop pedal technology to create a wall of sound, overdubbing four part vocal harmonies, complicated percussion grooves and lead and rhythm guitar parts.

"This will be a great night of entertainment with bookings filling up fast," he said.

Mr Shea said tickets cost $20 and people could call David Nicholson on 0409 848 960 or email araratlive@davidsmedia.com to book.

He said tickets were also available at the door.

"All Ararat Live shows are open to the general public but potential guests are encouraged to get on the mailing list," he said.

He said people could visit http://www.davidsmedia.com/Ararat_Live.html or search Ararat Live on Facebook for more information.

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