Community Acoustic Brew has Kangaroo Islander musicians singing

More than 50 locals gathered at Kangaroo Island Brewery for the 2021 Community Acoustic Brew on Sunday, January 17.

Musicians of all ages and skill levels joined together in songs led by local musicians Fidel and Sarah of Home Grown Tunes.

Guitars, banjos, mandolins and ukuleles accompanied community vocals led by Fidel Monk in an all-in singalong of upbeat alternative, country and blues tunes.

"We chose songs based on the skill level of each participating musician" Fidel said.

"Some players have years of experience, where others have only been playing for a couple of weeks. It's a trick to bring that together in an entertaining way, but it worked out really well."

The overwhelming consensus of the audience and participants was that the event was a roaring success.

Local attendee and musician Hamish Brown thrilled in seeing so many musicians getting together.

"It was a great opportunity for people to play in front of strangers without committing to a proper gig," Hamish said.

Tam Bailey, who attended as a guitar player along with her children enjoyed the day immensely. "I loved that it was inclusive of all skill levels. It was awesome for the kids to get gig experience."

The Community Acoustic Brew, the first event of its kind, was made possible by the federal government's Regional Arts Fund through Country Arts SA.

"We're already planning for future events" Fidel said. "The outcome of this project has created a stir in the local community. We want to provide more high quality music opportunities for locals to enjoy."

It's not just local musicians and attendees who benefit. Mike Holden, who provided the venue for the Acoustic Brew said the event was very successful from a business perspective.

"It was awesome to have a different variant of live music that brought in some crew we don't normally have. We would definitely do it again," Mike said.

"It's a great way to get local musicians out of their bedrooms and into the brewery. A super fun and casual way to promote Kangaroo Island music, instil confidence in artists and have a beer and pizza as well!"

Home Grown Tunes hopes to organise several music events for the local community in the future. Fidel says that further support will be crucial.

"It took eight weeks and the generosity of several volunteers and businesses to put this event together. We have so many more creative event ideas to bring to this community, but we'll need local help to make it happen."

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting future community music events on Kangaroo Island can get in contact with Fidel at info@fidelsmusicacademy.com