Music is in the air at Eumundi
EUMUNDI is likely to have sweet music in the air, the smell of freshly mown grass on the breeze and one fewer bottle of milk at the local store thanks to a couple of talented new arrivals.
Songstress Katie Noonan and her saxophonist husband Zac Hurren, originally from Brisbane, have relocated their young family from Mt Glorious to acreage near the Sunshine Coast hinterland town.
Zac said they needed somewhere handier and loved Eumundi.
"Mt Glorious was a beautiful place, but if you needed to get a bottle of milk it was an hour trip," he said.
"Eumundi is beautiful. We love it. There's trees everywhere. You get in the car and it's 15 minutes everywhere.
"The people are so nice. When they talk to you, they look you in the eye and really talk to you."
Zac, who was enjoying getting to know his first ride-on mower, said they could easily continue their musical careers from Eumundi.
It was an easy drive to the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane airports to fly to Sydney or Melbourne, where they mostly played these days, he said.
Katie became prominent in the band, George, while she and Zac collaborate periodically with Stephen Magnussen in another band, Elixir.
Katie and Zac juggle their music careers with caring for their two boys, aged seven and five.
Zac said he was busy writing new music and constantly working at playing beautiful music in a more "flexible" way.
He likes to play outdoors amid trees because "it makes your sound develop".
His hard work has been rewarded with a spot in the finals of the Freedman Jazz Fellowship 2012, judged over the weekend, and if he wins, he hopes to collaborate with a dream list of great Australian musicians.
Meanwhile, Noosa locals Band of Frequencies and born-again muso Peter Cullen from Noosa Longboards were in the running, but missed out, at the weekend for the QMusic Awards held at the Old Museum in Brisbane.
"Unfortunately we are nominated in the very same categories - Best Blues and Roots song and Best Regional Song category," Peter said last week.
"It shows that Noosa's original music scene is alive and well."