Rodney comes waltzing home

ENTERTAINER Rodney Vincent has seen more of this great brown land than most.

Constantly on the move and with a guitar strapped to his back, the Wodonga-based singer and funnyman travels 60,000 kilometres every year to share his Aussie bonhomie in pubs and clubs across the nation.

Tomorrow he’ll head a free show in Albury.

Vincent has led tours to South-East Asia, Britain, Europe, New Zealand and Norfolk Island and will host one to Turkey in June.

Support tours with US singing star Gene Pitney, comedian Col Elliott, The Delltones, The Platters and Freddie and the Dreamers have taken him to palatial capital city venues and rough and ready outback dives.

Wangaratta-born Vincent began playing guitar at 15 for Trewella’s Dance Band at the Bonegilla Hall (“the possums used to run around the ceiling peeing on people”).

He always loves returning to the Border which he says is home to some of the most beautiful country he has seen anywhere.

Fresh from a week performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Vincent arrived home yesterday in time to prepare for G’Day G’day, his all-Aussie Australia Day celebration at the Commercial Club.

Vincent says his true blue song list will feature favourites such as Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees, I Still Call Australia Home, Waltzing Matilda and, of course, G’day G’Day.

“I’ll also do a few comedy things like Don’t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga by Grant Luhrs, and I’m going to attempt I’ve Been Everywhere by Lucky Starr,” he says.

That 1962 chart-topping tongue twister packs 92 Australia place names into one two-minute ditty, as long as you don’t mess up the lyrics.

The show starts at 10.30am in the club’s Zodiac Lounge.

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