The Arts industry is often tagged “resilient”. It’s also inspiring and exciting and this was all evidenced on 26 February this year when Daniel Champagne hit the Yackandandah Public Hall stage with another breathtaking performance of guitar wizardry and exceptional songwriting.
This particular gig was planned in early 2020 for an original date in June of that year. It was then deferred to September and eventually re-scheduled to late Feb 2021.
Along the way Champagne released his 5th studio album Trying To Hold The Setting Sun – surprisingly this album didn’t feature greatly in his live show as he now has a vast catalogue of originals and choice covers (eg Spoonful, Vincent) to draw on.
A track of special significance for local audiences is Champagne’s instrumental track Indigo which he played. Indigo was written when leaving Yackandandah on a previous visit in 2018 and has now racked up nearly 1.5 million plays on Spotify which is easily his most played track.
During the pandemic of the past year Champagne has undertaken just shy of 300 live streams to continue his work ethic and his determined commitment to his fans worldwide, many of whom live in the northern hemisphere and have faced the twin challenges of icy winters and zero live music performances.
For Indigo FM’s events team it was a success and just such a relief to again be able to bring audiences and musicians together for their own enjoyment all in the name of building our community of music enthusiasts.
We’re grateful to Daniel and to the Yackandandah Hall Committee as well as Indigo Shire Council and our own volunteers. We also acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we were able to gather for this event and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders, past, present and emerging.
To explore Daniel’s music head along to his website