Childs returns to the Blue Lake city

COMING BACK: Singer-songwriter Toni Childs will be returning to Mount Gambier to perform, while continuing on to other regional towns to prepare for her next upcoming tour. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tyler Redway

RENOWNED singer-songwriter Toni Childs is coming to the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre this Friday to share old classics of hers as well as songs from her upcoming albums.

Ms Childs said she had previously played another ‘Retrospective’ show at the Sir Robert Helpmann back in 2019 and had also made appearances between 2009 and 2010.

“In 2019, I did the Retrospective there, but now I’m coming back around and doing it again because people love it and they get to hear these old songs they’ve fallen in love with,” Ms Childs said.

She said although she was playing new music from her new albums set to release later this year, it was not the first time she was playing the songs live.

“For me, when I write music and as I’m in the recording process, I like to play it out loud before it’s recorded so I can get my feet underneath me,” Ms Childs said.

“Sometimes you write a song and then you go directly into the studio.

“When you do that you’re excited, but when you play it live in front of an audience, all of a sudden it expands and starts to unravel or become a little bit looser, maybe you might even find something you didn’t in the studio because of the presence of the audience.”

Ms Childs added that playing in regional towns was really important as those areas “don’t get the love” which other bigger regional areas and cities seem to receive from live music.

“I feel like people in regional towns kind of get left out of stuff and they can feel like people forget about them,” she said.

“I grew up in small desert farm towns in California and other states in the US and I think it’s really important to go out, create and devise shows for regional towns where people need the most love.”

Ms Childs will make an appearance for ‘Toni Childs In Concert: A Retrospective’ at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on September 23, kicking off at 7.30pm.

She will then continue to other regional towns’ venues such as the Middleback Theatre in Whyalla, the Northern Festival Centre in Port Pirie, the Murray Bridge Town Hall and the Nautilus Arts Centre in Port Lincoln.