Musos to fine-tune songwriting with blues legend John McNamara

The magic of songwriting is set to be broken down note by note in Wagga by blues legend John McNamara. 

He will host a free two hour workshop on Saturday, February 24. 

“He’s a well traveled musician, the workshop will come from a generic view point, it won’t just be blues,” Bidgee Blues Club president Chris Nickel said.

“He’ll tell of his experiences and trace specific songs back in time to explore what underpinned the melody and lyrics.” 

John was recently awarded Song of the Year for Bad Reputation at The Australian Blues Music Awards in Goulburn. 

The workshop will run from 1.30pm at the Home Tavern with a free performance afterwards, which the public are welcome to attend. 

Singer and club member June Price will be heading along. 

“I’m hoping to get tips from a professional to make my songs better,” she said. 

Young prodigy Ben Gillard, 9, is keen to try a new genre. 

“I like blues, but I normally play a more picking style like Tommy Emmanuel,” he said. 

The free event kicks off the schedule for the Bidgee Blues Club, who are hoping attendees keep the momentum from the workshop going and enter their songwriting competition at the end of this year. 

The workshop is sponsored by Wagga City Council. 


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