Gozzy boy does good

FREMANTLE musician Josh Johnstone didn’t hide his elation as we met for an interview.

“I’ve had good news!” he beamed as we found a table in a local cafe.

“One of my songs from the album has been added to the ABC network. They’ll play it every day for the next month.”

As well as being a seal of approval for the singer/songwriter’s talent, the decision means commercial stations are more likely to play him too.

• Josh Johnstone—gaining recognition. Photo supplied | Nils Vilnis

• Josh Johnstone—gaining recognition. Photo supplied | Nils Vilnis

Like many before him, Johnstone survived on 2-minute noodles while honing his craft: sheer determination and talent saw him make his mark around the venues of Melbourne and he linked up with bands touring the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

Back home for a while, he’s set to release his new album Call in Whispers.

A French music magazine described Johnstone’s voice as “sweet and slightly husky”, something the man himself puts down to a relentless workload.

“It’s not giving your voice a break…I have played 270 gigs and done a lot of regional tours and overseas shows.”

His first single from the EP Reckless was written and recorded in Italy with producer Fabio Tumini, “over a four-day wine-soaked burst of creativity”.

The former Gosnells senior high school student began his career aged 15 in a boy band, going on to study music at TAFE, encouraged by his parents, mosaic artist Jackie and Fremantle Men’s Shed co-founder Bill Johnstone.

“I wasn’t doing well at school. I was a bit of a brat,” Johnstone concedes.

The launch is on at The Oddfellows (Norfolk Hotel) Wednesday April 20 and at The Ellington in Perth Friday April 29. Tix $10 at the door.

by JENNY D’ANGER

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HERALDLAND-based musicians shone at the WAM Song of the Year awards last week. East Fremantle group Galloping Foxleys’ My Love Affair with Archer took out the folk category, while Beaconsfield songbird Katie J White earned the Blues/Roots gong for River. Fremantle’s Eastwinds’ Blame Lulu Peanuts won the world music award and Leeming’s Chaos Divine’s Badge of Honour took out the heavy metal category.

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