Inspired by the Murray

Singer/songwriter Simon Marks will perform at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery this Sunday.

Singer/songwriter Simon Marks will perform at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery this Sunday.

With his unique twist on folk rock, singer and songwriter Simon Marks will bring his intimate style of performing to the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery this Sunday.

Originally from Western Australia, Mr Marks relocated to the small town of Barmah in Victoria a few years ago.

The move to the banks of the majestic Murray River inspired him to write his fifth album, Big Rivers Little Stories.

Mr Marks said he was a late bloomer when it came to his music career.

"I first started playing music after I moved back from Canada about 10 years ago," Mr Marks said.

"I moved back to Fremantle and didn't know a lot of people and found myself with a guitar in my hands. 

"I started to learn how to play, write and record and it went from there."

He began his career after receiving an invitation to perform at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival.

Since then, he has toured all around Australia and the world, performing at festivals and concerts.

He said Big Rivers Little Stories was inspired by his new found life by the Murray River.

"This album has been coming since we moved to Victoria a couple of years ago," he said.

"I was touring all over the place. 

"In breaks I would go down to the banks of the Murray and find myself a little spot to write by the river."

WHAT: Simon Marks regional tour (with supporting act Zoe Pinchen)

WHERE: Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

WHEN: Sunday, March 19 at 3pm

COST: $20 at the door or $15 at www.trybooking.com/NYIE

To read more about this story, grab a copy of Friday's Guardian (March 17).

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