I ran across Harry Hookey in the restaurant at the Fontanel in Oct 2011. Harry was a law student on holiday from Australia with a couple of songwriter friends who were touring America. We were talking before the show at a table while eating an early dinner at the farmhouse restaurant at the Fontanel. He was a really nice guy enjoying his American experience. Tonight was his night to eat Catfish. He was so looking forward to real southern Catfish and Hush puppies.
Later that night his buddy Lachlan Bryan an up an coming Australian songwriter was playing the Songwriter Stage and did quite well. Lachian played some great songs and put on a very entertaining show. Lachlan has gotten huge in Australia over the years. As it turned out that evening we had a songwriter not show up due to baby sitting problems. It happens from time to time. :)
Harry's buddies talked him into playing onstage that night. He played several songs he had written about Australia and about girls he had dated. Wonderful songs describing the outback woods and the beauty he sees there.He performed each song with a joy I rarely see in songwriters. He loved it! We all loved it as well.
Since then I have watched his rise in the music scene in Australia with several good songs. Each song has a good video to match.
I wonder if he ever finished his law degree??
Here is one really good video I ran across today.
and the original video set of the night Harry played a the Fontanel.(18 min)