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Waves Of Change For Musical Surfer

Waves Of Change For Musical Surfer

Who: Beau Young
Where: University - Bar on the Hill
When: Wednesday May 11, 2005

IT seems that surfing has become a pre-requisite hobby for many singer/ songwriters.

Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter and G.

Love are just a handful of the new wave of musicians who count surfing amongst their main passions.

Now Australian World Champion Longboard Surfer Beau Young has joined the ranks by releasing his debut album Waves of Change. Having won the title in 2000, Young was ranked by ASP at number one and World Longboard Champion for the second time in 2003.

He decided to take up music after being inspired by his good friend Ben Harper. ``For me, both surfing and music have always been intertwined,'' Young said.

``The rhythm of the ocean and the musical wave have many similarities; but for me, music gives me a voice that I have never been able to express through my surfing.'' Singing lead vocal and playing guitar and harmonica, Young recorded his album independently under the direction of Paul Di Giacomo at his studios in Manly.

It blends elements of folk, rock, reggae and African influences.

Former Midnight Oil member Rob Hirst was guest percussionist on Kaleidoscope while drummer Lee Moloney, who has previously played with Alex Lloyd and Diesel, lent his skills on the other tracks.

Young will perform at the Bar at the Hill on campus at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday, May 11.

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