Ceduna welcomes Eckersley and McClymont

Two ARIA chart topping artists said they have loved the welcome they received from the Ceduna community leading up to their concert at Ceduna Memorial Hall on Wednesday night.

Singer-songwriters Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont brought their ‘Highway Sky Tour’ to Ceduna as the pair celebrate their first album together, ‘Adam and Brooke’, topping the ARIA Country Album chart and making the top 20 in the ARIA All-Genre Album chart.

More than 130 people watch the duo perform songs from the album as well as a performance from 2018 Toyota Star Maker winner Brad Cox.

Concert organiser Shanna Pedler said there was a lot of interest for this concert from the local community.

“I put out 100 tickets and presold them within three hours on Saturday morning,” she said.

Ms Pedler said local businesses provided a lot of support to make the artists feel welcome, including Shelly Beach Caravan Park who provided a discounted villa and Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel who donated accommodation and meals on Wednesday evening.

The Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary provided catering for the concert, selling $15 food platters as a fundraising effort.

The artists also enjoyed some local seafood, including oysters provided by Jeff and Colleen Holmes at SA Premium Oysters.

Mr Eckersley said the welcome they have received from the community was “awesome” and loved the turnout for Wednesday night’s show.

Ms McClymont and Mr Eckersley also visited Ceduna Area School and Crossways Lutheran School to meet with some local music students.

“This is our first time this far west,” Eckersley said.

“The cool thing about about coming to some of these places you don’t get to often is the people treat you nicely.”

Ms Pedler was also happy with the turnout and enthusiasm from the Ceduna crowd, especially with many local farmers being in the audience.

“They’re all waiting for rain to go seeding and yet here they are, off the farms and have come out to enjoy country music,” she said.

The concert now moves to its Western Australia leg, playing at Boyup Brook on Saturday, Donnybrook on Sunday and Margaret River on Thursday.

Mr Eckersley said they would love to visit Ceduna again but another album would not be expected for at least a couple of years as they would devote time to their other projects.