Musical sons return home

MARTY Worrall and Pete Williamson have advanced considerably in their musical careers since their school days rock band days.





They will be reunited in their old home town next month for one night only at the Kerang Memorial Hall.

Kerang Progress Association is staging the concert on Saturday, April 22.

Both have become accomplished musicians after humble beginnings in a Kerang rock band named Grendel.

Marty Worrall had the district behind him when he competed in the second season of Australian Idol in 2004. He was a top six finalist and has since gone on to release a number of independent singles.

He is a singer-songwriter and singing teacher who has been working full time in the music industry for the past 18 years, performing all over Australia and the South Pacific at various pubs, clubs, theatres, stages, entertainment centres and cruise ships.

In 2007 Marty was invited to perform his song "One Day" as part of the "Colourful Yunnan" Festival at the Sydney Opera House, a performance that was broadcast to China as well as a duet in traditional Mandarin with Chinese star Tan Can.

Marty has appeared in lead roles in The Cars That Ate Paris, Tick Tick Boom!, Rent and The Wild Party.

He now works as a session singer and vocalist in numerous bands in Newcastle and Sydney and is the current in-house backing vocalist for Channel 9's "The Voice".

After honing his guitar-playing skills in Grendel during his secondary school days, Pete Williamson had his first major break as a guitarist for Pete Murray. The experience touring the world gave him the skills to branch out into other musical projects.

After five years with Pete Murray, he was a founding member of the band Mammal, which toured nationally several times and was a crowd favourite at major festivals like Big Day Out.

The band's major highlights were supporting the rock band KISS and also receiving a 10/10 live review from the UK's Kerrang rock magazine for a sold-out London show.

Three budding local musicians will provide support for the returning musicians.

Maddie Makeham, Tayla Champion and Sarah Brown will get their chance on stage.

• Tickets are on sale at Ooh La La, Victoria Street, Kerang.

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