Where in the world is Manangatang?

From shearing sheep to hitting the stage, Managatang musician Jeff Gibson made his TV debut this week when he appeared on Channel Nine’s The Voice.

The performance has put the small Mallee town, home to a few hundred people, well and truly on the map.

“For those who don’t know where Managatang is, it’s near Chinkapook and Chillingollah,” he told the judges and live audience, much to their confusion.

Since Mr Gibson’s appearance on national TV, Mananatang has received a lot of attention, with an article even published on the 9Now website called “Where in the world is Manangatang?”.

“The response has been very overwhelming,” he said.

“It has been great because the Mallee is a very forgotten place in Australia.

“There is never much money put into it.”

Guitar in hand, Mr Gibson performed a cover of Paul Kelly’s Dumb Things, but unfortunately none of the four judges turned around.

Mr Gibson said he had anticipated the outcome.

“I watched the replay and thought it was a poor song choice,” Mr Gibson said.

“If I was them, I wouldn’t have turned around either; but then again, I’m very hard on myself.”

Performing and writing music for 25 years, Mr Gibson said he loved to play all types of music.

“Mainly I’m into folky Americana,” he said.

Last year, Mr Gibson won two major awards at the Australian Roots Music Awards, Best Album for Tin Dog Road and Best Song for It’s Good to Know.

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