Stemming from an unlikely friendship that formed out of a love of great songwriting, and have decided to hit the road together to perform in Parkes and Canowindra, NSW – two towns that were special to each of their songwriting journeys. They will be performing songs from each of their country releases, while sharing the stories behind the songs. Joining them will also be , multi-instrumentalist husband, who will perform alongside each artist.
Stemming from an unlikely friendship that formed out of a love of great songwriting, Colin Buchanan and Raechel Whitchurch have decided to hit the road together to perform in Parkes and Canowindra, NSW – two towns that were special to each of their songwriting journeys. They will be performing songs from each of their country releases, while sharing the stories behind the songs. Joining them will also be Ben Whitchurch, Raechel’s multi-instrumentalist husband, who will perform alongside each artist.
Colin Buchanan’s remarkable career embraces country music, children’s TV and song collaboration. He’s a winner of ARIA, APRA and Golden Guitar awards, Australia’s #1 kids Christian artist, beloved ABC TV Play School presenter and proud creator of the Bucko & Champs classic, “Aussie Jingle Bells”. As well as his own 3-decade career Colin has co-written hit songs with the cream of Australian country music, including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey. As one of Australia’s top-selling picture book authors, Colin has delighted children with a series of amusing and colourful musical tales, including “Santa Koala”, “When The Easter Bunny Went On Holiday” and “Deck The Shed With Bits Of Wattle”. His chart-topping kids Christian albums, full of classic catchy bible songs such as “10,9,8...God Is Great”, “Jesus Rocks The World” and “Remember The Lord”, have become a fixture in churches, schools and family car trips across the world for over 2 decades.
“Central Western NSW is where my music career started. It was after going to a gig at the Grenfell Bowlo in 1989 that I handed a homemade cassette of songs to John Kane, the man who would go on to produce my first two albums. Our life was small town, sheep and wheat, yellow box and kurrajong, empty railway lines and starlings around silos. The Central West is where the stories of my life turned to song. I worked a summer by the Belubulah River near Canowindra, where the Lucerne was the only green, hanging on by its fingertips. One day in 1989, I caught the Silver City comet out of Parkes to Broken Hill. The characters of my songs may, one by one, become musical ghosts, roaming the land and lanes where I met them. But they spring to life at concerts, they’re ready to conjour their memories, awakening like old friends and getting up to their familiar mischief. A song is a celebration, and I’ve spent just on 30 years celebrating Canowindra and Parkes and the towns and farms and families of Central Western NSW. These concerts with Raechel Whitchurch are like bringing the music back home. It’s been a long time. I hope you can be there to share the songs and stories together.” – Colin Buchanan
Raechel Whitchurch has spent her entire life immersed in Australia’s country music scene. Raised in Broken Hill and Parkes, as well as in a caravan, Whitchurch grew up playing mandolin, guitar, banjo, and keys - and was the primary songwriter - in her family’s travelling band The Lees. They released three albums, toured incessantly and appeared at many major festivals before Whitchurch decided to pursue a solo career. Her new single ‘My Father’, released in July 2020, appeared on four major Spotify playlists, gaining over 100,000 streams, and at time of writing is #9 on the Music Network Country Airplay chart. The music video was filmed on the family property and we see the song’s inspiration – Raechel’s father Steve Lee - stepping into the spotlight.
“I was born and raised in regional NSW and growing up we listened to all sorts of music, but a family favourite was anything by Colin Buchanan. He sang about people that we could pass on the street and places that we had camped at in our travels. He saw things in a way that only someone who truly loves the country would be able to see. My love of storytelling was shaped and grown by the songs Colin wrote. I started writing my own songs before I was even a teenager, and now as an adult with a family of my own, songs have become even more important to me. A story told in a song can change the way someone feels, it can move someone to action, or it can make someone feel like they aren’t alone in the world. Sometimes it can do all three. I’m excited to be sharing songs from my forthcoming album for the first time – and what better place to do it than my hometown.” – Raechel Whitchurch
Ticket are available now - Parkes and Canowindra
*** Tickets are extremely limited due to covid19 government restrictions. All events will be covid-safe.