When Pixie Jenkins announced on social media that he was returning home to Tamworth, Richard Manning from Cattleman’s Steakhouse contacted got in touch.
He had an offer of a gig. And tonight (Friday), Jenkins will play his first concert back in Tamworth, at the steakhouse.
“It promises to be a great show,” Mr Manning said. “He hasn’t done a show like this for a while.”
The talented fiddler grew up here and for many years called the country music capital home.
But after years of touring as a musician, recording, playing his own live shows and picking up a couple of Golden Guitars along the way, he had a career-change, delving into radio as a broadcaster and producer.
About 18 months ago, Northern Daily Leader columnist Anna Rose, wrote about the journey Pixie had taken after he began working for Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Radio in Alice Springs.
It included the daunting task of tackling a four-year university course to get foot in the door of the radio industry, then embarking on a move to central Australia – which he called a ‘sand change’.
But after making the decision to leave, he loaded up his car, which a video on his Facebook page was quite an effort, and headed homeward.
Watch as Pixie Jenkins gets ready to depart Alice Springs:
“A couple of weeks ago he wrote on social media that he was on his way back,” Mr Manning told Talkin’ Country.
He contacted Jenkins, who had known for a longtime, and soon he had the fiddler booked to play a coming home concert when he arrived back in Tamworth.
“It was a spur of the moment thing really,” he said.
Jenkins will also be playing at Tamworth Country Music Festival next month, in a show called Campfire, with Ryan Sampson, where they will perform old songs in an intimate setting.
Tonight’s concert at the Cattleman’s starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost $10.