Amber still in awe after fifth Muster

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Performing her fifth Deni Ute Muster, Amber Lawrence said she ‘‘absolutely loves it’’ and is keen to come back again.

She was last here in 2013, and returned this year with a busy schedule. Not only did she perform on Saturday, but was also Master of Ceremonies on Friday and hosted two children’s shows on the day stage over the weekend.

‘‘I’m getting a good dose of the Deni Ute Muster,’’ she said.

‘‘I love performing and especially the kids shows, making sure they have a good time.

‘‘This event is so different to others I’ve played which keeps bringing me back; there’s nothing like it.

‘‘I love that the crowd’s crazy and they’re wild, and the hospitality of everyone here. People really take care of you and it’s a lovely town.’’

Lawrence is not just a huge fan of the muster but also finds herself charmed by our local rural area, soaking in the country atmosphere on her four day stay.

‘‘I’ve spent a lot of time not just at the Ute Muster but I’ve performed school shows over the years. I actually bumped into some people today that remembered me from when I visited their school about four years ago.

‘‘I love the river and everything about this place. I live in Sydney so it’s a long trip but definitely worth it.’’

Despite growing up in the city, Lawrence found herself to be a natural country music singer.

‘‘It’s hard to hear country music on radio these days, but for me I just went to the country section of a CD store about 20 years ago where I stumbled upon a LeAnn Rimes album and loved it.

‘‘Just the voice, the stories and the vocals, singing with a bit more emotion is something I loved.

‘‘I started to sing and people said I sound country, so I thought I’d go to Tamworth and that’s where I started.’’

At this year’s Ute Muster Lawrence shared the stage with some of her ‘‘favourites’’, Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers, and said she was ‘‘stoked’’ at the chance to see Carrie Underwood again.

‘‘I love seeing everyone because they’re all absolutely fantastic. I also got to open the stage with the Honey Badger (Nick Cummins); he didn’t give me a rose though,’’ she laughed.