Colac musician performs for Aussie troops

Colac guitarist Marshall Edwards, centre,with Rod Brens, Kade Turner, Brett Nichols and Rob Farnham.

A COLAC musician says performing for Australian army troops in the Solomon Islands was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Marshall Edwards, who is lead guitarist for Rob Farnham, son of Australian music icon John Farnham, travelled to the Pacific nation to perform at the Guadalcanal Beach Resort, known as GBR.

The Australian Federal Police lease GBR, which is home to more than 150 Australian reservist troops who are on four-month service rotations.

Edwards said touring company Forces Entertainment contacted the band about the whirlwind tour, which involved two performances with other Australian bands and a comedian, throughout a weekend a fortnight ago.

“It was a great time, amazing, a great opportunity,” the 25-year-old said.

“It was really good to see, meet and mingle with all the army and police – they were pretty happy to see a few new faces there,” he said.

“They were very welcoming and the shows went really well.”

Edwards, who has played with the Melbourne-based eight-piece rock band since June, said Australian troops and police enjoyed the entertainment.

“We were received warmly – we got a pretty good crowd both nights and I think they were just pretty happy to have something different and some people to talk to,” Edwards said.

“We got to see how they live every day putting their lives on hold being reservists for four months over there serving the country,” he said.

“The Solomon Islands itself is a very nice environment, not hostile at all and hasn’t been for a long time.”

Edwards, who is a machine operator at Colac district dairying company Fonterra, said he was “stoked” with the memorable experience.

“I was excited about it – it made me feel pretty damn good to get that opportunity and I certainly wasn’t going to pass it up,” he said.

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