‘Accidental star’ loves Nanango
FOR veteran performer Tom Maxwell, playing at the Nanango Country Music Muster is one of his favourite gigs - even though he is not exactly sure how many he has attended.
As the muster heads into its 12th year, the Tamworth performer has attended almost every one.
"I've been here for 10 out of the 12, or 11 out of the 12, I can't remember," Tom said.
"It's good the committee keeps on inviting us back."
Drawn in by the rich atmosphere of the muster and the friendly festivalgoers, Tom makes sure he makes time in his hectic schedule to visit Nanango.
"It's a good, relaxed festival," he said.
"You have a chance to have a yarn with them (the crowd)."
Over the years he has been impressed with the organisation of the muster, an event which has continually grown, and its impressive artist line-up.
"There's a great line-up; Nanango always seems to have a good line-up," he said.
Having been on the road as a bush balladeer for more than 16 years, he fell into the role rather accidentally.
"It's funny how it all started. I never looked at being an entertainer," Tom said.
"I won some recording time at a talent contest."
Following his initial recording experience, he was hooked on the music industry.
His passion has grown into a successful career and Tom has released another 11 albums and been nominated for three Golden Guitars.
The muster is on this weekend at the Nanango Showgrounds.
Star performers at Nanango Country Music Muster