Mitch’s Moment With Aussie Music Legend
BBC Boarder, Mitch Salisbury, is set to take the stage at the upcoming Paul Kelly and Friends Charity Concert in Dirranbandi, 600km south west of Brisbane, this June.
The concert will see Australian music legends, Paul Kelly and Ian Moss joined by Sydney-based band The Preatures, Mitch and other local QLD and Northern NSW artists and bands, as they perform in support of local youth in this rural community.
Funds raised from the event will help finance the Dirranbandi P-10 Agricultural Studies Program focused on providing young people with opportunities to study Agriculture and employ these skills in their daily lives on the land. The Agricultural Studies Program is essential to ensuring the longevity of rural communities and the future of rural industries.
Music has always been a part of Mitch’s life yet since arriving at BBC he has grown immensely as a songwriter and performer.
“I grew up in a small town called Monto, about two hours west from Bundaberg. Mum tells me I used to sing all the time when I was little and I learnt piano when I was in primary school, but after my teacher left town there was no one in the region to fill the gap, so one day I decided to pick up a guitar mum had lying around the house and I started to teach myself,” said Mitch.
“Looking back, I realise how much I’ve learned from first picking up that guitar, to taking lessons when I arrived at the College in 2016, to being involved in the BBC Rock program,” he said.
Last year, Mitch was highly commended in the College’s inaugural Darren Middleton Songwriting Competition - aptly named after the BBC Old Boy and Australian music great.
We wish Mitch the best of luck as he joins Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, The Preatures, Back’n’Business, Benny Nelson, West and Public Band and Little Town in Dirranbandi this June.