When artists looking to perform their original music felt like they had nowhere to turn to get exposure –Wayne O’Malley was always there for them.
Mr O’Malley, who passed away in December 2016, was the head organiser of the Creating Original Music Every Time (COMET) concert, which gave local artists a chance to perform original music live.
The COMET committee recently came together to ensure that Mr O’Malley’s hard work in the community will not be forgotten.
A tribute show COMET: Rocking the Gumtrees was held at the Jessop White Park, and saw Mr O’Malley’s family and friends plant a Smooth Apple Gum Tree in his honour.
Committee secretary Vicki Matheson said the tree had special meaning for the O’Malley family.
“It was Kylie O’Malley’s idea, Wayne’s very first COMET event was held in Jessop White Park, and when she discovered that we were having Rocking the Gumtrees here she mentioned she would like something planted for the faimly’s sake,” she said.
The event featured performances from local acts the Steve Bartel Band and Twang Villa, who played original music in keeping with the idea behind the original COMET concert.
However Rocking the Gumtrees differed from a normal COMET event, as it also focused on providing a platform for young artists to perform their covers.
Ms Matheson said Rocking the Gumtrees was ‘phenomenal’, with between 200-300 people attending.
“We’ve had nothing but great feedback – people are already asking when we are going to have the next one,” she said.
Committee member Robert Golding said the concert had was held in a ‘great environment’.
“It was really good to rock this end of town,” he said.
“Wayne liked to inspire musicians to play original music, people like Steve Bartel grew up with this family and he helped inspire the whole COMET event.”
The original COMET concert is scheduled to continue, with the group hoping to host the event later this year.
The committee thanked McLeods Motor Company, Plaza Youth Centre, and Richard and Gloria Storr for contributing to a successful event.