To get to know NSW Southern Highlands singer-songwriter, Sara Berki a little better, we’ve asked what she loves about Bargo, NSW.
Regional towns are in our blood here at CountryTown! From Tamworth to Toowoomba, Ballarat to Noojee, 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 Sara Berki.
Bursting onto the Australian country music scene with her debut single Fallin’ Off The Heartline (which currently sits at #35 on the Countrytown Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart), the NSW Southern Highlands singer-songwriter has a way of combining her emotionally interpreted lyrics and storytelling with catchy guitar riffs that will make you want to sway.
Towards the end of 2021, Sara was announced as a Top 10 Finalist for a performance spot at Groundwater Country Music Festival in a competition supported by KIX Country. She is now on the verge of releasing her debut EP Heartline, due for release mid-2022.
To get to know Sara a little better, we’ve asked what she loves about Bargo, NSW.
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I grew up in a town called Bargo. There were 10 kids in our street, and we’d ride to each other’s houses every afternoon and were barely home or inside on weekends! The only time we’d come home is if we had a bunged-up knee or we wanted an ice block. We had tonnes of fun in the street!
I was always so amazed by music and musical instruments. My year 3 teacher had offered us kids to do lessons in our lunch and recesses break. I went to ask mum and dad for a guitar so I could start to learn and play. The first song I ever learnt how to play was Wipeout by The Beach Boys!
I feel completely privileged and so warmed to have attended a high school where people who had a passion for music were nurtured and recognised. I had the most amazing music teacher who saw my dedication, determination and believed in me. We would sing together at school presentations. He truly helped me to where I am today in my career.
The exact way I remember Bargo was my primary school fetes, my brother’s Saturday morning footy games, my ma (mum) helping at the school, catching yabbies in the creek, Sunday school with my best friend, horses, motor bikes, lots of properties. We really didn’t have interest in being inside my brother and I, we were just happy to be outside.
It warms my heart so much thinking about where I’m from. An area of such a close community of people! My roots are country, and I couldn’t be anything different if I tried. The town that I once called home for 17 years plays a massive role in my country music career. To everyone that believed in me, thank you!
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