Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Patrick McMahon - Week 24

Bec Reid

Hello, I'm Bec Reid, and it's great to have you with us here at the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, it's all about renewal and we couldn't think of a more apt artist to come back into the VSF family That's right. It's Patrick McMahon. Patrick, how are you?

Patrick McMahon

Good morning again, Bec, good morning.

Bec Reid

Back by popular demand, Patrick. It's so good to see you.

Patrick McMahon

I'm so honoured that you asked me to come back again for round two. Ding-ding!

Bec Reid

Patrick, we're exploring renewal and I wanted to ask you, artistically, what gives you energy? What renews you?

Patrick McMahon

Going home to Nannup in Western Australia, my hometown, and just tinkering on the farm, playing with old tractors and cars and utes and hanging with my peeps on the farm. That contributes to my musical renewal as well but, in addition to that, listening to - I listen to music all the time. I have the radio on, as you can see behind me, and I'm very retro when it comes that. I listen to the wireless [laughter. I love listening to the wireless and I listen to these retro DJs, who give tremendous backgrounds on who wrote a song and why they wrote it and everything else.

Bec Reid

Patrick, your repertoire is so rich and diverse. Is there a particular genre of music that also really energizes you?

Patrick McMahon

Definitely country and folk. There's something about it. I just really get empowered and energized by listening to them and inspired. That sort of music just really touches my soul on the deepest levels, lyrically and musically. It's fantastic. All genres of music feature in my listening every day. Classical, jazz, even punk rock, heavy metal rock. Love it. I love everything.

Bec Reid

Patrick, can you tell us about the current album that you're working on?

Patrick McMahon

It's an album of original material. I've been writing heaps and heaps of new stuff, obviously lots of time on my hands. It's just very country based. One of the many songs I've written for this next album is called Glendambo Hambo.

[Patrick singing]

When I was rolling on my way to Coober Pedy

Hungry as a hunter all the while

Fanging for the roadhouse that would feed me

Mile after mile

The midday sun was shining like a demon

I could not see the highway from the haze

I was weary, I was just daydreaming. And driving in a daze

Then all at once, I came across Glendambo

With a windmill and a pub and a general store

I asked the man to make me a hamburger

It was the biggest burger that I ever saw

Glendambo Hambo, you are my style

Glendambo Hambo my, my, my

And the story goes on [laughter]

Bec Reid

It really is a family affair for you, Patrick. Can you tell us about the importance of musical connections?

Bec Reid

Cherylanne's, my beautiful wife and her niece, Lauren - we were sitting on the couch in 1988 in Melbourne and here's this little four year old, Lauren, sitting on the couch next to me watching Phil Collins on MTV. Phil Collins was doing 'I can feel it comin' in the air tonight' and, suddenly, I'm aware of the fact that little Lauren snuggled in next to me on the couch. In my right lughole, is seeing the most perfect, perfect, beautiful in pitch in key harmonies and it stunned me. I was like, "what are you doing?" and, of course, we were all so stunned and thrilled to hear her doing that and that's how it began with that family connection with Lauren.

Patrick McMahon

And now Lauren has toured with you, Patrick.

Patrick McMahon

That's right. She does all my big shows, any big corporate shows, any big country music festivals on the big stage. She and Melissa Jane, Mel, not only do they sound like the Dixie Chicks together, they're just amazing with their wall of sound and harmonies but they are also great movers because everybody knows that I am such an awesome dancer. [laughter] So, they take the audience's focus off my incredible footwork and the audience watches them instead of me. That's fantastic. They really are brilliant. Great singers and dancers.

Bec Reid

Oh, it's so good to hear, Patrick, that it's truly a family team effort.

Patrick McMahon

Oh, totally.

[Patrick playing guitar and singing]

You can see your brothers standing by the road

With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed

And if you see your sister falling by the way

Just stop and say, you're going the wrong way

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets

 

Don't walk around the down and out

Lend a helping hand instead of doubt

And the kindness that you show every day

Will help someone along their way

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets

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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.’
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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Patrick McMahon - Week 24

Bec Reid

Hello, I'm Bec Reid, and it's great to have you with us here at the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. This week, it's all about renewal and we couldn't think of a more apt artist to come back into the VSF family That's right. It's Patrick McMahon. Patrick, how are you?

Patrick McMahon

Good morning again, Bec, good morning.

Bec Reid

Back by popular demand, Patrick. It's so good to see you.

Patrick McMahon

I'm so honoured that you asked me to come back again for round two. Ding-ding!

Bec Reid

Patrick, we're exploring renewal and I wanted to ask you, artistically, what gives you energy? What renews you?

Patrick McMahon

Going home to Nannup in Western Australia, my hometown, and just tinkering on the farm, playing with old tractors and cars and utes and hanging with my peeps on the farm. That contributes to my musical renewal as well but, in addition to that, listening to - I listen to music all the time. I have the radio on, as you can see behind me, and I'm very retro when it comes that. I listen to the wireless [laughter. I love listening to the wireless and I listen to these retro DJs, who give tremendous backgrounds on who wrote a song and why they wrote it and everything else.

Bec Reid

Patrick, your repertoire is so rich and diverse. Is there a particular genre of music that also really energizes you?

Patrick McMahon

Definitely country and folk. There's something about it. I just really get empowered and energized by listening to them and inspired. That sort of music just really touches my soul on the deepest levels, lyrically and musically. It's fantastic. All genres of music feature in my listening every day. Classical, jazz, even punk rock, heavy metal rock. Love it. I love everything.

Bec Reid

Patrick, can you tell us about the current album that you're working on?

Patrick McMahon

It's an album of original material. I've been writing heaps and heaps of new stuff, obviously lots of time on my hands. It's just very country based. One of the many songs I've written for this next album is called Glendambo Hambo.

[Patrick singing]

When I was rolling on my way to Coober Pedy

Hungry as a hunter all the while

Fanging for the roadhouse that would feed me

Mile after mile

The midday sun was shining like a demon

I could not see the highway from the haze

I was weary, I was just daydreaming. And driving in a daze

Then all at once, I came across Glendambo

With a windmill and a pub and a general store

I asked the man to make me a hamburger

It was the biggest burger that I ever saw

Glendambo Hambo, you are my style

Glendambo Hambo my, my, my

And the story goes on [laughter]

Bec Reid

It really is a family affair for you, Patrick. Can you tell us about the importance of musical connections?

Bec Reid

Cherylanne's, my beautiful wife and her niece, Lauren - we were sitting on the couch in 1988 in Melbourne and here's this little four year old, Lauren, sitting on the couch next to me watching Phil Collins on MTV. Phil Collins was doing 'I can feel it comin' in the air tonight' and, suddenly, I'm aware of the fact that little Lauren snuggled in next to me on the couch. In my right lughole, is seeing the most perfect, perfect, beautiful in pitch in key harmonies and it stunned me. I was like, "what are you doing?" and, of course, we were all so stunned and thrilled to hear her doing that and that's how it began with that family connection with Lauren.

Patrick McMahon

And now Lauren has toured with you, Patrick.

Patrick McMahon

That's right. She does all my big shows, any big corporate shows, any big country music festivals on the big stage. She and Melissa Jane, Mel, not only do they sound like the Dixie Chicks together, they're just amazing with their wall of sound and harmonies but they are also great movers because everybody knows that I am such an awesome dancer. [laughter] So, they take the audience's focus off my incredible footwork and the audience watches them instead of me. That's fantastic. They really are brilliant. Great singers and dancers.

Bec Reid

Oh, it's so good to hear, Patrick, that it's truly a family team effort.

Patrick McMahon

Oh, totally.

[Patrick playing guitar and singing]

You can see your brothers standing by the road

With a heavy load from the seeds he’s sowed

And if you see your sister falling by the way

Just stop and say, you're going the wrong way

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets

 

Don't walk around the down and out

Lend a helping hand instead of doubt

And the kindness that you show every day

Will help someone along their way

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets

 

You've got to try a little kindness

Just show a little kindness

And shed a light for everyone you meet

And if you try a little kindness

And you overlook the blindness

Of the narrowminded people

On the narrowminded streets