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Whitchurch and Buchanan bring The Songs and Stories Tour to Parkes and Canowindra

ON TOUR: Colin Buchanan and Raechel Whitchurch are bringing The Songs and Stories Tour to Parkes and Canowindra next week. Photo: Submitted
ON TOUR: Colin Buchanan and Raechel Whitchurch are bringing The Songs and Stories Tour to Parkes and Canowindra next week. Photo: Submitted

Stemming from an unlikely friendship that formed out of a love of great songwriting, Colin Buchanan and Raechel Whitchurch have decided to hit the road together to perform.

And they've picked two towns that were special to each of their songwriting journeys, Parkes - Raechel's home town - and Canowindra.

Called The Songs and Stories Tour taking place on November 20 and 21, the duo will be performing songs from each of their country releases, while sharing the stories behind the songs.

Joining them will also be Raechel's multi-instrumentalist husband Ben Whitchurch, who will perform alongside each artist.

"It has been nearly four years since I've performed a show in Parkes and I'm so excited to be sharing songs from my unreleased new album for the first time ever," Raechel said.

"Parkes has played such a special part in my life, it is even where I met my husband, and I love coming back home and seeing so many familiar faces in the crowd."

Raechel has spent her entire life immersed in Australia's country music scene and said while growing up in regional NSW listening to music, a family favourite was anything by Colin Buchanan.

"He sang about people that we could pass on the street and places that we had camped at in our travels," she said.

"He saw things in a way that only someone who truly loves the country would be able to see.

"My love of storytelling was shaped and grown by the songs Colin wrote."

Colin is a winner of ARIA, APRA and Golden Guitar awards, is Australia's number one kids Christian artist, a picture book author, a beloved ABC TV Play School presenter and proud creator of the Bucko & Champs classic, "Aussie Jingle Bells".

As well as his own three-decade career Colin has co-written hit songs with the cream of Australian country music, includingLee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey.

"Central Western NSW is where my music career started. It was after going to a gig at the Grenfell Bowlo in 1989 that I handed a homemade cassette of songs to John Kane, the man who would go on to produce my first two albums," he said.

"The Central West is where the stories of my life turned to song.

"A song is a celebration, and I've spent just on 30 years celebrating Canowindra and Parkes and the towns and farms and families of Central Western NSW.

"These concerts with Raechel Whitchurch are like bringing the music back home."

Raechel was raised in Broken Hill and Parkes, as well as in a caravan, growing up playing the mandolin, guitar, banjo, and keys, and was the primary songwriter, in her family's travelling band The Lees.

Now pursuing a solo career, Raechel's new single 'My Father' was released in July and appeared on four major Spotify playlists, gaining over 100,000 streams, and hit number nine on the Music Network Country Airplay chart.

"I started writing my own songs before I was even a teenager, and now as an adult with a family of my own, songs have become even more important to me," she said.

Raechel and Colin will be performing at the Parkes Leagues Club on Friday, November 20 and at the Canowindra Services and Citizens Club on Saturday, November 21.

Tickets are available from www.colinbuchanan.com.au and www.raechelwhitchurch.com.

Tickets are extremely limited due to Covid-19 government restrictions and both events will be Covid-safe.