Beccy Cole loves the energy at the Muster and is honoured to be returning for 30th anniversary celebrations.
Beccy Cole loves the energy at the Muster and is honoured to be returning for 30th anniversary celebrations. Craig Warhurst

Beccy Cole is back for the Muster

THINK Beccy Cole and you think of an energetic, vibrant singer who radiates that much-loved Aussie characteristic of being down to earth and approachable – of being one of us.

The dynamic singer-songwriter with the captivating smile is heading our way for the 30th anniversary Muster.

“It’s an honour to get asked to come along,” she said.

“I absolutely love coming to Gympie.

“I have watched the Muster build – it was the biggest break I’ve ever had.”

Fresh from being named Starmaker of the Year in 1993, the Muster was one of Beccy’s first gigs as an artist and it holds a special place in her heart – a Saturday afternoon spot being part of her prize.

“It was the most amazing scene,” she said of being on stage looking out at the sea of people on the hill.

“Coming from Adelaide I had been in bands – the Dead Ringer Band with Kasey Chambers – this is the 20th anniversary of busking as the Dead Ringer Band.

“That feeling of being on stage solo – that adrenalin. At first I was so nervous – I did not know what to expect. I was too young to even pick up the hire car.

“All artists talk about what they are going to do for Gympie’s Muster.”

It’s not just the artists who have the Muster on their minds. Beccy said she had been in the far corner of Western Australia and met people who were on their way to the Amamoor State Forest which has been home to the music phenomena for 27 of its 30 year history – the first three were held on the Webb Brothers Widgee property Thornside.

Beccy has graced the Muster stage on at least 11 occasions that she can remember and in between times she has been kept busy putting together albums and being a mum.

I tell her my all-time favourite Beccy Cole CD is her 2005 Feel This Free and she assures me if I liked that one, I’ll love her new album due out in January 2012.

“It’s been so long since I’ve had an album of my own,” although she has done live albums and covers.

“The character of Beccy Coles has evolved. Little Beccy’s all grown up,” she says of her upcoming album which includes a duo with her good friend Kasey Chambers.

“It’s the most honest I’ve ever been – a lot of looking at the navel moments.”

Beccy has literally grown up before her country music fans and says one of the reasons she loves being a country artist is the longevity of the fans. “They don’t mind you are cracking on.”

But back to the new CD.

“Is it a blend of what’s in your heart – what you are feeling and what your fans want,” I ask her.

“I’d love to say that but essentially as a singer songwriter – it’s our point of view on the subjects we write about.”

Apart from “sculling a beer” as proof she is just like the people who come to hear her belt out their favourite songs from the big stage, Beccy’s “funny, bitter ex-wife” songs and stories resonate with the audience.

“Love and loss are universal and I’ve always been able to laugh at myself. I learnt that from Dolly Parton. She’s an amazingly strong person and businesswoman. She’s real, touchable, tangible.”

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