HOW do you begin to applaud Lawrie Minson?
He might have been born to country music but the man has taken the joy he has in playing,
writing and performing, and for years and years encouraging others to find that joy for themselves but not by themselves.
His songwriters’ nights at the Hog’s Breath don’t just provide a regular venue for songwriters of all manner of abilities, experience and stage of development to take their creations for a walk. These evenings are also a chance for a generous man to keep dreams alive and embrace all-comers as family, regardless of their musical genre.
In this, Lawrie Minson is unique. Very few, perhaps none with his level of expertise and achievement, spend so much time involving themselves in the nurturing of others in an industry which thrives on ego and besting the next guy. Meanwhile, Lawrie not only builds them up but then lends his multi-skilled playing to their albums.
My son is just one who owes his musical chops to Lawrie and also Sally-Ann Whitten, another who understands the responsibility of lighting the next gen’s candle.
Lawrie often says in public how lucky Tamworth is to have such a rich and extensive vein of songwriting talent.
He’s right, but how much luckier Tamworth is to have Lawrie Minson.