Nanango busker is jamming for a good cause
THE life of a busker is not for the faint hearted, it takes a great love for music and in Jane Erkens's case, an even greater love for your town and your family.
For the long-term Nanango resident and business owner, there is a serious side to performing songs to passers-by.
"We are raising much needed funds for Nanango's proposed all-inclusive park,” she said.
The owner of The Shed, Nanango and Nanango Real Estate, Mrs Erkens said busking on the street was a very different experience compared to performing on stage.
"When you are busking you never know what sort of night you are going to have,” she said.
"I enjoy taking the music to the people as they walk past and seeing them enjoy the music.”
"It gives a festive atmosphere on the street.”
Mrs Erkens set up her microphone and guitar stand at this week's popular Kingaroy Christmas Fair.
"One of the highlights was a six-year-old boy in a push-chair, he was obviously disabled,” she said.
"He absolutely loved the music, he clapped along. It made my night.
"One guy wanted to sing with us, so we let him take the microphone and go for it.
"We normally have a spare guitar too, just in case someone comes along and wants to play.”
Mrs Erkens has strong family attachment to the proposed all-inclusive park in Butter Factory park, Nanango.
"I'm a long time Nanango local and I have a grandson who is autistic and has anaphylactic complications,” she said.
She said it's very easy for a parent of a child with a disability to become overwhelmed.
"My son said he meets other parents with children with disabilities and it makes you realise you are not alone,” Mrs Erkens said.
Nanango's all-inclusive park is being supported by many individuals, community groups and local businesses.
"Heritage Bank will put in $3 for every $1 we raise,” Mrs Erkens said.
"It'll be great once we have the park here in Nanango for all kids to play together.”
Mrs Perkens said nothing compared to a good live music performance.
"Live music is a wonderful thing,” she said.
"I think live music is on the rise.”
Mrs Erkens's next busking gig is at the popular Nanango markets on the first Saturday in January.
If you see her playing, make sure you say hello and donate what you can for a great cause.