With a guitar in tow, musician James Kershaw relocated to Shepparton last year to start a new life with his partner.
The talented guitarist is a member of instrumental band, Bear the Mammoth, which formed seven years ago playing ‘‘progressive post rock’’ music.
While the band performs regularly in Melbourne and cities across the country, Mr Kershaw is keen to share its music with the community.
‘‘Since living in Shepparton the band has been practicing around here and we always thought it would be good fun to play at a festival or event up here,’’ he said.
Mr Kershaw plays alongside three other band members — a guitarist, drummer and a bassist — with the band using effects pedals to create unique sounds with their individual instruments.
The group recently finished recording its second album and is planning to tour the country in September.
When Mr Kershaw is not in Melbourne with the band, he spends his time giving guitar lessons in Shepparton privately and for a music company, along with running school holiday children’s programs.
Having spoken to a number of students and musicians from the Goulburn Valley, he believes it would be great to establish a more significant live music scene in the area.
‘‘I’ve been to Ballarat and Bendigo a few times and I noticed they have a lot of venues where touring bands go,’’ Mr Kershaw said.
‘‘It would be great to see more bands coming up to Shepparton regularly.’’
With ideas in mind for gigs in Shepparton, Mr Kershaw said band members would keep working on their music hoping to perform there sometime in the future.
‘‘I talk to the people I teach guitar to and their parents say they have to travel to go to shows,’’ he said.
‘‘There is obviously people who want to see live music here.’’
For more details about Bear the Mammoth, visit www.bearthemammoth.com