Pete strikes gold at Yack

SINGER-songwriter and funnyman Pete Denahy has put Yackandandah on the map with his song about the town winning him a second Golden Guitar.

Denahy, who lives at Yackandandah, attended the Tamworth Country Music Festival awards on Australia Day and said he was “gobsmacked” when his name was called.

“I’ve been nominated in this category about five times, so to win is great,” he said.

Denahy plays five instruments on the song — fiddle, guitar, bass guitar, banjo and the mandolin.

He had the bones of the song for about six years but refined it only in the past year.

He said the hardest part had been coming up with a name for his song.

“I thought about it and thought about it,” he said.

“Then I thought Yackandandah because it would be the first time the word has been said at the Tamworth awards.”

Yackandandah 1852 features on his album, Wishbone Road.

Denahy’s first Golden Guitar in 2011 was for his composition Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry, judged best bush ballad and sung by Luke Austen.

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