Taking the ‘man and his guitar’ act to a whole new level, Newcastle musician Kieran Wicks performed an alluring set full of classic folk rock covers, as well as some atmospheric originals befitting to his journeyman persona on Friday night.

Promoting his new album ‘Sticking to My Guns,’ Wicks treated the Family Hotel to some fine insights into his life as a travelling musician, as well as some classic tracks from artists such as Bob Seger, Neil Young and Johnny Diesel.

Being Wicks’ third gig in Bathurst, his dedication to consistent touring was proudly on show, and its always an absolute joy to see acts performing selections of their original music in pubs.

Wicks’ original songs were the clear highlights of his set, as there was a clear sense of pride and accomplishment in the way Wicks performed his own songs. His fascinating stories in tracks such as ‘Things Start Speeding Up’ and ‘One Town at a Time’ gave the audience a firm insight into Wicks’ mind and how he views the world.

It is this rich think tank that has inspired Wicks to use his travels as the basis of a documentary series for Patreon (an online business platform for creatives and artists) entitled ‘One Town at a Time’ (after the song of the same name), documenting his travels throughout Australia and how it has shaped his music.

The next leg of Wicks’ tour will see him trek through Queensland, covering around 5,000km and will see him venture as far north as Townsville.

With such a busy schedule and a deep dedication to touring, Bathurst was very lucky to be able to host Kieran Wicks, and if you’re after inspiration in terms of how to go about self-promoting yourself as a musician, give Kieran a like on Facebook and follow him on his adventures.

‘Sticking to My Guns’ is currently available to stream and download from http://kieranwicks.com/music/.

SAM’S PICKS
– One Town at a Time (Original)
– Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
– Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
– Cry Wolf (Original)
– Things Start Speeding Up (Original)