Tom Curtain to make Eyre Peninsula debut

MULTI-TASKING: Tom Curtain plays guitar while riding a horse - a part of the show that emerged as the result of a bet. Photo: Stephanie Coombes Creative
MULTI-TASKING: Tom Curtain plays guitar while riding a horse - a part of the show that emerged as the result of a bet. Photo: Stephanie Coombes Creative

Musician Tom Curtain is bringing his 'In The West' tour to Eyre Peninsula next week.

The Golden Guitar-winning singer-songwriter and renowned horse and dog trainer will be performing in Ceduna, Cummins and Cowell as part of the South Australian leg of the tour.

Mr Curtain will be joined by Western Australian singer-songwriter Chris Matthews for the shows, having hit the road over the summer touring his music and the Katherine Outback Experience horse and working dog show.

The evening includes a one-hour outback show of horse training and working dog demonstrations, including hands-on fun for the kids, and one-and-a-half hours of live music.

Mr Curtain hits the road with wife Annabel and one-year-old Harry for three months of the year during the Northern Territory's wet season.

He said the tour had been progressing well, although it had to overcome the recent COVID-19 lockdown in Western Australia.

It will be his first time performing on Eyre Peninsula.

"I've travelled through, but never played there," Mr Curtain said.

"There had been a lot of people on social media saying we should get there and put on a show and it will be awesome to play the shows."

Mr Curtain said it was not a "polished" show and given the nature of the performance with horse training and working dogs, it was a unique experience every night.

He said it would be a show the whole family could enjoy.

"It's not a polished show, and we get the dogs to jump on drums, we have parents and kids to help out from the audience," he said.

"It makes every show a bit different and it's a great challenge.

"It's great to get out to regional communities, to check in with people, and great that people can come out and say hello to each other."

FAMILY: Tom Curtain with his wife Annabel. Photo: World Puzzle Photography

FAMILY: Tom Curtain with his wife Annabel. Photo: World Puzzle Photography

Such is the unorthodox nature of the show, one segment includes Mr Curtain riding a horse around while playing guitar.

"That came after a silly bet in the Northern Territory over a carton of beer," he said.

Mr Curtain said his new release 'In The West' was an upbeat song trying to highlight why people live in rural areas, and aims to lift spirits and bring people together after some difficult years of bushfires, drought and now COVID.

He is also an ambassador for Dolly's Dream, an organisation established after the suicide of Dolly Everett in the Northern Territory due to online bullying.

Mr Curtain spreads the anti-bullying and resilience message of the organisation through his work.

"We know the family well, I was on tour at the time and wrote a song with words Dolly had used," he said.

Proceeds from the song and tours have gone to the organisation, with $23,000 raised in the three years since she passed away.

The Ceduna show will be at the Ceduna Racing Club on Friday, February 19, followed by a show at the Cummins Showground on Saturday, February 21 - both from 6pm - and then at the Cowell Community Sports Complex on Sunday, February 22, from 4pm.

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