23 March, 2021
Tracks @ The Tree triumphant return!
After repeatedly being postponed in 2020, Tracks @ The Tree finally came to life early March, with headliner Felicity Urquhart, Brad Butcher, Daniel Thompson and local Brad Haling taking the stage.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie, and hosted by the Armatree Hotel, there were hundreds in attendance, with the event being a major success.
As the heritage train pulled into Armatree, the evening’s affairs got kick started by the much-loved, golden guitar winner and Rockhampton local, Brad Butcher. It’s events like this that make Mr Butcher reflect on why he chose to write and play music full time.
“I think these gigs are really vital just to give people a night off their worries, whatever’s going on,” Mr Butcher said.
Mr Butcher is no stranger to the Armatree Hotel either,
having played regular gigs throughout the years there, developing a strong
relationship with owners of the hotel, Ash and Lib Walker.
Headlining Tracks @ The Tree this year was six-time golden guitar winner and Tamworth local, Felicity Urquhart, who made the whole audience feel buzzed with good vibes. Ms Urquhart also joined in one of Brad Butcher’s songs, and her energy could be felt all around.
“I was sitting out behind the stage and one of the rotary blokes came up and said, ‘you loved that didn’t you’, because he obviously had his eyes on me, and because I dig music and the heart and passion and the effort they all put in, yes, it fizzes me, so I’m totally enjoying myself here.”
Ms Urquhart was grateful for the Walker’s support throughout COVID-19.
“The love that they gave, Mr Walker wanted to help us out through the lean period, saying here, let me put some money in your bank account, I want to make sure you know that this goes ahead. Just that, I get goosebumps, just that mateship and loyalty to friends, new friends.
“It tells you a lot about a person and a family, they are remarkable people,” she said.
After Ms Urquhart’s performance, the skies opened up and the next act was delayed as the rain was waited out.
This was no dampener to the mood though, as Daniel Thompson was finally able to play, and everybody was up and dancing to his Johnny Cash covers in no time.