Week 24 interviews and performances from 

Patrick McMahon, Greg Champion, Ponch Hawkes and a viewer question for Swampy.

With a special introduction by our talented hosts Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid.

Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined - Week 24 welcome from our hosts

Week 24: Renewal

This week, the theme is renewal, inspired by the coming of Spring. We once again meet singer-songwriter Patrick McMahon, talk a lifetime of music and sport with member of the Coodabeen Champions, Greg Champion and Ponch Hawkes introduces some wonderful life adventures that she has had through her photography.


Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined Greg Champion

Week 24: Renewal

Greg Champion was a handy amateur football player, but it is his skill as a singer/songwriter both solo and with the Coodabeen Champions that has led to him kicking goals as part of pre-match entertainment for multiple AFL grand finals.

‘I say on stage, mockingly, that Collingwood bashing has almost paid off my house.’

Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined Patrick McMahon

Week 24: Renewal

Country music singer Patrick McMahon caught a glimpse of his future backing singer over a decade ago, when his then-four-year-old niece, Lauren Butler sat snuggled up against him on the couch, watching MTV.

‘Phil Collins was singing In the Air Tonight and I suddenly realised that Lauren was singing in perfect harmony and pitch with Phil. I was stunned. She only sang a fraction longer, because she's very shy, and we were all just flabbergasted.’

Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined Ponch Hawkes

Week 24: Renewal

Photographic artist Ponch Hawkes' career began when she found a broken camera in a cupboard. Decades on, she is still working on social significant commissions.

Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined, 'Ask Swampy'

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