James Bennett was a Lismore Car Boot Market busker when he was just eight years old. Now he returns as an adult and professional solo artist.
James Bennett was a Lismore Car Boot Market busker when he was just eight years old. Now he returns as an adult and professional solo artist. Contributed

Solo artist returns to origins at Lismore Car Boot Market

A NEWCASTLE folk roots musician will relive some of his earliest memories performing for a crowd when he returns to his hometown on the Northern Rivers for an upcoming gig.

When he was eight, James Bennett played his guitar at the Lismore Car Boot Market while his mother tended a plant stall.

The family moved away from their Byron home when Mr Bennett was 14, and this will be his first time back since.

He said he was looking forward to playing at the markets again.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the town where I was born and raised," Mr Bennett said.

"I'll be up around Queensland, I have a gig in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, on the way up I'll pass through Lismore ... the tour starts on the third (of January) at the Market.

"Mum did about a year's worth of markets when I was only about eight, I wasn't very good ... I was just playing Bob Dylan songs, that's all I knew at that age.

"Just a silly little nylon string guitar, it was probably very annoying for everyone."

Lismore Car Boot Market manager Marny Bonner said she was "delighted to see professional entertainers who started out busking at the market come back to play as adults".

"It reinforces the valuable part the market plays in the Northern Rivers community for locals of all ages," she said.

Mr Bennett's first album will be available for purchase on iTunes later this month.

He will spend 2016 touring and promoting his self-titled album.

The folk roots, bluesy artist rounds out his solo sound with percussion instruments such as a stomp box, tambourine and harmonica.

He has played as a support act for Ian Moss from Cold Chisel, Jeff Lang, The Black Sorrows and Wendy Matthews.

Mr Bennett will be performing at the Lismore Car Boot Market on January 3 and the Tatts Hotel on January 15, before he continues his tour in Queensland.

For more information about gigs or to listen to his music, visit the website.



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