Hadspen is Jamie Lindsay's secret paradise - My CountryTown

13 October 2020 | 4:08 pm | Mallory Arbour

Get to know Jamie Lindsay through his hometown of Hadspen in My CoutnryTown. While you're at it, give his new single Start Againa spin.

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Regional towns are in our blood here at CountryTown! From Hadspen to Wadeye. We love the pubs, the people and the places that make Australia tick. But most of all, we love the amazing country musicians our regional centres produce, like Jamie Lindsay.

Raised in Hadspen, near Launceston, Jamie Lindsay has released his new single Sirius, off his latest self-produced album, ‘Eleven’. Written, produced and mixed by Lindsay, the song is about his dog who passed away a couple of years ago.

To get to know Jamie Lindsay a bit we’ve asked what he loves about his hometown, Hadspen!

1 - South Esk River

I grew up in a little town just outside of Launceston called Hadspen. A big river called South Esk River runs beside the town and I have some wonderful memories of it. So many summers were spent down by the river enjoying some great family BBQs. It was a real community thing to do so the river banks would always be busy with plenty of other kids. It wasn't always warm to swim so we would skim stones, fish or just play whatever games we could come up with.

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2 - Hagley Farm School

I was lucky enough to go to Hagley Farm Primary school. There, we would not only be educated like other schools, but we would also learn about agriculture. Hagley Farm was a fully functioning farm that would provide to the local community. The school was also set up with accommodation so that other school students could come and experience farm life from a young age. Looking back on it now, I think it was pretty cool to experience that.

3 - Hadspen

My little town where I grew up was a very safe little town and back in the 80's, we certainly didn't think about the kind of things we think about now. After breakfast, my sisters and I would be out that door quick as a flash and I remember my mum would always say, “be home for dinner” or “before the sun goes down.” We would either be at one of the neighbours' houses, riding motorbikes in the back paddocks, fishing down by the river or just riding push bikes around the street. Different times, indeed, and I'm glad that I got to experience that kind of upbringing.

4 - Prospect High School

By the time I got to high school, I was already an accomplished guitar player. This certainly made my transition from primary to high school a lot easier. It wasn't long before the older cool kids welcomed me into their circle and took me under their wing. There were two rock bands at the school at the time and I was in one of them. We would rehearse and practice in our lunch breaks and after school. We would play for school assembly's and school events. Being a part of that band really concreted what I wanted to do in life and that was to play music for a living. The teachers at Prospect High school really encouraged me to always follow my dreams.

5 - Barratts Music in Launceston

Once I started playing guitar at age 9, Barratts Music became my hang out after school and on the weekends. I used to dream my arse off there, staring at all the guitars I couldn't afford. All the local guitar heroes would shop there too, and I remember watching and learning so much from just being there. I was like a fly on the wall. All the staff were so cool and supportive.

I remember seeing Stuart French there when I was probably around 13 or 14 years old. He was doing an instore guitar clinic. Up to that point, I’d been really into metal bands and their style of fast guitar playing. It was the first time I'd heard or seen a guitarist like Stuart play that way and sound the way he did. He was amazing back then, as he still is now, and I’ve never forgotten it.

Follow Jamie on his Facebook page here, and give his latest single Start Again a spin below.

For more of our My CountryTown series, check out here.