On Saturday night, a small group of music lovers gathered for a concert – in Andy Redhead’s living room. They enjoyed a stunning performance from 16-year-old Cairns guitarist Jordan Brodie, and they may well have been part of a historic first.
Andy Redhead has been performing music and teaching guitar in Cairns since 1981. Like many FNQ musicians, he’s watched the local music scene rise and fall – when the economy takes a down-turn, paying gigs become harder to get, booking agents take a sometimes painful slice and musicians struggle to survive.
So Andy has come up with the idea of having live gigs at home. Guests bring drink and nibbles, and they kick in a few bucks each to pay the musician. The musician gets an opportunity to perform and interact with an audience on a more intimate scale, and learns something about running their musical career as a business.
The first “home show” was a great success – Andy says there will be more and he hopes the idea catches on with Cairns music lovers.