ALT-country singer-songwriter Imogen Clark is a rising star, and a small audience at the Ararat Hotel were lucky enough to see her play live on Wednesday night.
At only 23-years-old, Ms Clark is already touring her second album, Collide, a complex and powerful coming-of-age story, released in April and produced by industry heavyweight Mark Lizotte – more commonly known by his stage-name Diesel.
“Altogether we’ve got about 23 shows across the country.
“This record … I see it as a coming of age record for me because as you grow up and move into adulthood you shed a bit of your naivety and see things for what they really are – clarity through experience.
Ms Clark said she had to make sure to include Ararat in her four month tour because she is consistently “blown away” by the town’s dedication to live music.
“I was told about this venue from a local who’s a family friend of ours … and they told us you should come and play this beautiful venue.
“When I got here I was just so blown away by the beautiful people who run these gigs but also just the lovely patrons,” she said.
About 45 people gathered to watch her and support act Darcy Fox – a name in her own right – play for a couple of hours.
Ms Clark said she loves Ararat and will undoubtedly return in the future.
“I love this place so much because I’ve always had a real thing for regional towns.
“People always seem to really appreciate the effort you’ve made to come out to their town and I love that,” she said.
The gig was staged in the hotel’s ‘Red Room’, a venue often used by organisers Ararat Live.
Ararat Live are a non-profit group whose main aim is to support original music and bring it to the regional town.
The group has previously organised performances by Australian blues artist Lloyd Spiegel, The Audreys, Alice Skye and will host Eric Bogle on November 21.
Upcoming events are available on the group’s Facebook page ‘Ararat Live’.