THE Silo Art Trail will be on display like never before thanks to a Hopetoun musician.
Maurice Conway will travel to Richmond, Kentucky in the United States, later this month, to perform at a community arts centre in town on January 4.
As he does, images of his home and surrounds will be broadcast to the audience.
"I went over there for three months in 2014 and got to know a lot of people," he said. "I bought a guitar while I was over there because I hadn't played for ten years.
"When I returned to Australia I came back to the southern Mallee, where I hadn't been for 43 years. I didn't think I was going to be here this long - I was expecting to return to Kentucky to live - but I've stayed here and turned it into my home."
It was then Maurice started playing his guitar, started singing and writing songs.
"I wrote one on Patchewollock one day after going up there and playing, and I was amused by the unique Mallee people who I hadn't associated with for over 40 years," he said.
"At the time I wrote the song I was driving down to Warracknabeal through Brim and I saw the silo being painted for the first time - I used to take photos of it during its progress - so it was a coincidence I started writing songs about the Mallee at the time."
A video he posted of the song on social media gained traction, and Mr Conway followed up this success with songs about Timberoo, Ouyen, Berriwillock and Tempy.
Working with Wimmera Mallee Tourism, Mr Conway said he had made some photograph collages of the small towns, which will screen as he plays in Kentucky.
Not-for-profit Many Rivers is helping finance his trip. The organisation's microenterprise development manager Richard Morfaw said it was happy to help any musicians or other people in the Wimmera develop their business idea.
"We start by looking at individuals and say 'Has this person got the ability and the skill to produce music?', 'Are they able to produce value with their music?' and 'Are they able to monetize that, and perform in locations people will pay for?'," he said.
"If all the answers to those are 'yes', then we start looking at ways of helping that person into a position that will enable them to monetize their skills. Maurice had already done a lot himself - he's got contacts in the United States who help him."
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