South Burnett's music scene has a French twist
SINCE the arrival of Alex Clero, Kingaroy's resident French singer, South Burnett's local music scene has been thriving.
Mr Clero has only been in Australia for three years, coming straight out of the suburbs of Paris where he performed alongside friends in a punk rock band.
"I was maybe 15 when I learned to play guitar, and it was a few years later when I had my first ever performance,” he said.
"I used to play in a punk rock band when I was in France, but since my buddies from France are not here with me, I enjoy playing acoustic and softer covers now.
"I like most genres and music, and especially stereophonics. Anything that I could turn into a good cover really, that makes people enjoy listening to me.
"There are a lot of style differences between French and Australian music ... People like a lot of oldies here, old rock and roll. People like things they can sing along to, and I think those songs are good too.”
Since moving to the South Burnett six months ago, Mr Clero can be found performing at events across the region, armed with his guitar and ukulele under the stage name Alex the Frenchman.
"The very first gig that I did by myself was at the Whipbird Cafe. Playing in a restaurant is really nice, because you can play some really soft songs ... I really enjoyed it as well,” he said.
Alex the Frenchman can be seen at Kingaroy's Commercial Hotel where he hosts his own Friday Chill jam session.
"I started playing there as a fill-in for Mr Q, another local act. I've been playing by myself there since about two weeks ago,” he said.
"It's going to be a great night this Friday. Last Saturday when I played, people really enjoyed their time listening to my songs, so I'm excited to show them more.”