Biscuit tin guitar man performs 'crocabilly'
CATCH the blues and swamp-country excitement of one of Ipswich's favourite musical sons, 8 Ball Aitken, on his Biscuit Tin Guitar Tour.
Aitken plays the Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, this Saturday from 12.30-3.30pm.
For the former Dinmore Primary School captain and ex-banana picker turned globe-trotting guitar-picker, this will be his only Ipswich show for the year and entry is free.
The Biscuit Tin Guitar Tour is so named because Aitken is travelling with a three-string homemade hillbilly guitar, fashioned from an old Arnott's biscuit tin.
He has recently returned from a tour in the USA and Canada, including performing at the prestigious Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.
8 Ball's 2012 album release, Alive In Tamworth, was recorded live in the country music capital of Australia last year.
Fans from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia will get to hear 8 Ball on this tour, with 47 dates planned before he heads back to Nashville for more North American gigs.
"I am particularly excited about playing my 13-minute 'crocodile-backpacker-attack' anthem for the people of Ipswich," Aitken said.
"After being inspired by my home country and the many stories about tourists not knowing where to swim, I have learnt more about crocodiles than I ever dreamed of.
"The song keeps getting longer as a result - and I have now invented a style of music called 'crocabilly'."
Aitken has also had his first shave in nine years, raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation - so far he's collected $4000 for the charity.
"I had a dear musician friend die of leukaemia last year, so I wanted to do something in his memory, and something to help future sufferers of the disease and research into a cure," he said.