THERE’S a reason Jamie Agius is never short of gigs and that is because he is extremely good at what he does. So, it is no wonder the Exchange Hotel tasked him with welcoming in the New Year.
Agius has been a fixture on the local entertainment scene for more than a decade and has a reputation as a crowd pleaser.
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He began playing the guitar as a child and cut his teeth playing at family functions and parties with his father.
He always had a passion for music however it wasn’t until he was in his early 30s that he decided to pursue a career as a professional performer.
His younger brother Jacob was making a name for himself around the traps in Sydney and when his sibling asked him if he wanted to join him onstage he didn’t pass it up.
His first gig was a 50th birthday party and the pair soon began playing as a duo in pubs and clubs. But the partnership was to be short lived.
“I was living in Goulburn and he was in Sydney so we knew it was never going to be a permanent thing,” Agius said.
It wasn’t long until he teamed up with fellow locals Norm McMillan, Gary Stephenson and Andrew Bishop to form Southern Country, a country/rock’n roll covers band.
Three years later Agius made the decision to go it alone and has spent the last decade forging his identity as an artist.
He has recorded two studio albums, ‘Motorcycle Cowboy’ and ‘All I Have to Offer You is Me’, which were both received well by his peers and critics alike.
In fact, in 2010 he won the Australian Country Award for ‘Most Requested Song by Independent Australian Artist on Overseas Radio’ for the title track off his second album.
He is currently writing his third album but says he hasn’t set himself a firm deadline for the project. He hopes to release it at some point in the next two years.
Agius is also a regular at the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival. He has been playing both the festival and Hats Off, which is a mid-year precursor to the main event, for the past three years. This year, he will be doing nine shows in nine days at the Tudor Hotel.
He will play mostly covers tonight but will also throw in a few originals if the crowd wants them. He says the show will be high energy and promises patrons a good time.
The show starts at 8pm.