Picking up her brother Johnny's guitar to combat the boredom of summer holidays, Tatura’s Beth Caldow discovered a love for music she continues to pursue more than 10 years later.
Despite having had no lessons, Ms Caldow enrolled in year 10 music class at Notre Dame College to develop her skills with the help of her beloved teachers Mr Black and Mr ‘G'.
“I had never done any music classes at the school before, but Mr Black and Mr G took me under their wing,” she said.
Ms Caldow said “music kind of saved me a bit”, with her first track, Pat’s Song, written to help heal after the loss of her brother Pat.
From humble beginnings performing at school assemblies, Ms Caldow fondly remembers the opportunity to record more original music with the Kool Skools program, as well as playing live music at Shepparton's Lemon Tree Café.
“If you want to sing and perform, the way to go about it is to ‘just do it’,” she said.
Having worked and lived in Melbourne for the past few years, Ms Caldow made the decision to focus wholeheartedly on music in 2018, quitting her day job and focusing on gigs with her brother Johnny.
“It’s all really fallen into place and I love it,” she said.
“I love creating live music with others.”
Now working as a solo artist, Ms Caldow has made appearances at the Winter Sessions in Shepparton and will appear at the Secret Garden Gig Shindig this Saturday in Dookie.
Describing the upcoming event as her biggest gig yet, her performance will feature an "epic" collaborative song, combining her vocal strength with saxophone, drums and violin on her yet-to-be-released track Meredith City.
The gathering will also feature the incredible talents of DRMNGNOW with his famed light show, as well as Braden Pullen, Grim Fawkner and Briana Lee.
People can also get involved in the new Pay It Forward initiative, giving those less fortunate the chance to attend.
“Music should be enjoyed by everyone and no-one should be excluded from taking part,” Ms Caldow said.
Although alcohol cannot be brought into the event, there will be a bar and food vans on site.
Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and chairs on the night.
The Secret Garden Gig Shindig is on Saturday, December 7 from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Located in Dookie, the exact address will be sent to ticket holders today via email.
General admission tickets cost $60 per person and VIP tickets are $100.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit thesecretgardengigs.com/tickets/shindig
To Pay It Forward, visit trybooking.com/au/donate/thesecretgardengigs
To hear more from Beth visit her Facebook page.