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Drummer Greg Sheehan upbeat over Mullum festival dedication

MUCH-loved local percussionist Greg Sheehan has experienced the highs and lows of the music industry over the past 43 years.

He has toured the world, been on the television show Playschool and performed with acts such as Cat Empire and Blue King Brown, but having this year's Mullum Music Festival dedicated to him is a first for the musician.

The dedication celebrates Mr Sheehan's contribution to the music industry over the past four decades.

Mullum Music Festival director Glenn Wright said he wanted to dedicate the festival to his friend while he was at the peak of his career, instead of the common tradition of dedications to musicians when they have completed their careers.

"We don't often acknowledge the really wonderful and talented artistic people in the community during the peak of their careers and I thought it would be a nice thing to say look at who we've got here [about Greg]," Mr Wright said.

"Greg works with high-level artists to the less-privileged and he is also one of those great musicians that other musicians grow up and learn from and we want to celebrate this."

Mr Sheehan said he found it "hard to put into words" the way he felt about having a festival in his hometown dedicated to him.

"This is my 60th year and I've been a professional for 43 years so I'm really honoured and I'm really looking forward to it," Mr Sheehan said.

And even though he is touring with the Black Arm Band and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mr Sheehan also found time to curate Sunday's Mullum Music Festival acts.

"Glenn [Wright] and I have created the whole day on Sunday at the Civic Centre and I'm doing a retrospective by getting people who I've played with on and off for years," Mr Sheehan said.

He said the highlight of the day would be improvising music to a photo exhibition as well as some hours of improvisation around the theme of his life.

"I'll be leading three hours of improvisation and I'm using different events in my life as the themes," Mr Sheehan said.

"It's the first time I've done something like this and I'm very excited."

The Mullum Music Festival is on until Sunday.

Tickets are available here.


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