Greg Champion’s musical and culinary hints for Tamworth

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Greg Champion

Welcome to my first Tamworth blog – I’ll do one each day leading up to that important Australian cultural pilgrimage – the annual road trip to the Tamworth Festival.

One of my good mates – country legend, funny man and Couldabeen Greg Champion shares his hints on surviving in Tamworth.

Greg, the writer of such classics as If You Want To Be In Country You Have To Do The Miles, I Coulda Been A Champion Batsman But I Kept On Getting Out and I Scored A 100 In The Backyard At Mums has such good memories from going to Tamworth that he put pen to paper and picked up his guitar over the Christmas break and wrote this song….

I’m packing my things and guitar strings

Brushing up songs that I want to sing

Making the music in Tamworth, Making the music in Tamworth

Renewing the friendships, laughter and late nights

Smiling faces and good times

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Who’s hanging out at The Loco

Checking the Good Companions too

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Doing the usual crawl along Peel Street

The hum of a hundred buskers

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Getting dressed up for Awards Night

Cheering the favourite you want to win

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Shorty & Smoky, Tracy & Leslie

Lindsay & Barry & Gina

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

They’re rumbling in on the Oxley

They’re rolling along on the New England

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

They’re towing their vans and they’re setting up camp

They’re coming to play and to listen

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Then when the party’s over

We’re off on the winding road again

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

We’re saying goodbye to the friends that we’ve made

We’re already planning for next year

Making the music in Tamworth, making the music in Tamworth

Greg Champions favorite eating places in Tamworth:

Deepka Indian Restaurant on Brisbane St next to the Regent Theatre is a winner.

New Jack Style Thai Restaurant, Fitzroy Street that overlooks the market stalls between Peel St & Bi-Centennial Pk.

Marigold Inn Chinese Restaurant, Bridge Street near the Family Hotel.

Greg’s must-see gig

Andy Baylor’s Cajun Combo, every day 4pm at Southgate Inn just to experience Sam Lemann’s guitar playing. “I want to have his babies,” says Greg.

Hear Greg sing Making The Music In Tamworth at his gigs at the Festival

Bucko & Champs

Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 2:00 PM Capitol Theatre

Champs, Col Buchanan & Pete Denahy play their wazoos off

Friday, 21 Jan 2011 2:00 PM City Bowling Club

Aussie Christmas Reunion Cavalcade Stampede Barbecue Jamboree Hoedown

Saturday, 22 Jan 2011 10:30 AM Services Club

* Check all gig times when you get to Tamworth

1 thought on “Greg Champion’s musical and culinary hints for Tamworth”

  1. Alas the Deepka has changed hands and is under new management. Some friends had dinner under the new regime and gave it a big thumbs down, describing the meal as curry soup with four lumps in it. So Champs may have to look elsewhere for a sub-continental thrill.

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