Legendary guitarist to Kick Off the Orange Festival

June 14, 2012

Matt Zarb is an innovative singer/songwriter/instrumentalist with a swag of stories, songs and a guitar style unique to himself.

The Roxy is proud to present Matt Zarb live on stage on Friday 29th June at 8pm. Joining him on stage will be special guest Benny Nelson from Warialda.

Matt Zarb needs no introduction to Bingara. His previous performances here have ensured that there is no doubting his extraordinary talent.

Matt’s unique style of guitar playing and songwriting has carried him to stages of all shapes and sizes all over the world and back. His amazing craft has landed him on stages with everyone from Tommy Emmanuel to Willie Nelson and many more.

Matt has spent time living in Kentucky in the United States. During that time he performed at numerous festivals and events across the country from Nashville to LA. Matt’s major achievement during his time in the States was performances on the now world renowned “Acoustic Guitar Masters” series of concerts in Kentucky. This concert series features the world’s finest acoustic guitarists from all over the world.

Collecting first prize at the “National Busking Championships” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2010 is just another in a long list of Matt’s attributes.

He’s not country he’s not blues he’s not classical; he’s bits and pieces of all of it.

Matt never performs with shoes and stomps on his ten-and-a-half year old home-made stomp box. A Matt Zarb performance is fly by the seat of your pants with no safety nets; always exciting and extremely entertaining. This concert is a must see and will be sure to send you home skipping a sideways Irish jig and singing an Aussie tune!

Joining Matt on stage will be Benny Nelson who is also no stranger to Bingara. Benny’s lead role in “Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat” presented by the North West Theatre Company and the Bingara Central School was nothing short of spectacular. Indeed following this show-stopping performance, Benny went on to appear as a Featured Artist in the Schools Spectacular 2010 and 2011.

Benny Nelson has been performing with singing and music since the age of nine. He is a contemporary singer/songwriter currently in the Talent Development Project in Sydney and was one of ten chosen from the 50 featured students to perform a show at the NSW International Youth Fest 2012.

Benny won the Moree Superstar Academy of Country Music scholarship in 2011, and performed in “SHINE” in the Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, presented by Carter and Carter at the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

Benny has performed alongside many big names such as Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Dayley, Amber Lawrence and Phil Emmanuel, just to name a few.

With both Matt and Benny burning up the stage, this is one night you won’t want to miss at The Roxy.

Bookings through Bingara Tourist Information Centre tel: 67 24 0066.