Colac's Connor Knight earns guest spot in Taste of Tamworth at COPACC

Published on 11 July 2018

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Trinity College student and Red Door performer Connor Knight has earned himself a guest appearance in COPACC’s upcoming country music spectacular Taste of Tamworth.

David Carter of the Golden Guitar winning duo Carter & Carter selected Connor from a field of talented local performers.

Connor will take to the stage on July 21 in the second half of Taste of Tamworth, performing the Fleetwood Mac hit Landslide, that was later also a success for the Dixie Chicks.

He’ll re-join the cast for the closing number of the show, along with the other Colac and district singers and musicians who vied for the guest spot.

A favourite song of his mum’s, the Colac 16-year-old said Landslide - a story of sadness, hope and change - also carried meaning for him.

“Life can be tough and sometimes one difficult thing can come after another,” he said.

“I wanted to learn it for mum, but also for me because I really like the song.”

Connor, a mainly self-taught guitarist, put his own unique spin on Landslide by taking his favourite touches from both Stevie Nicks’ and the Dixie Chicks’ versions.

“The guitar is based on the Fleetwood Mac version and the vocals are a mix of both.”

Connor said the guest spot in Taste of Tamworth was a great opportunity to perform alongside, and learn from, some of Australia’s best musicians and vocalists.

He will appear on stage with some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Carter & Carter, Felicity Urquhart, Travis Sinclair and Anthony Taylor.

Connor is no stranger to the COPACC stage, having performed in eight Red Door musicals, four of which he carried a lead role.

He’s currently gearing up for Trinity College’s upcoming musical Footloose in August, when he’ll play the conservative Reverend Shaw Moore.

Connor has also been a regular on the local weekend performing circuit, playing and singing at the Forrest Soup Fest, Miss Francesca’s, the St Mary’s Garden Expo, Gosling Creek Winery, Cornucopia Birregurra and Sunday markets at Kawarren.

“I just want to be able to play music and live off my music. The real dream would be to travel and play and sing – that would be the best,” Connor said.

“I’m just going to keep performing and getting better, and I’ll see what life throws at me.”

Taste of Tamworth is on at COPACC on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. Tickets start at $43 for adults, $38 for concession and $26 for under 30s. Groups of four get a 10 per cent discount.

Taste of Tamworth is proudly sponsored by The Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan and Colac Landscape Supplies.


Photo credit: Kat Featherstone Photography.