Oakdale songwriter ‘turns heads’ in Tumut

When Nick Leech wrote a little song about the town of Tumut, he had no idea it would cause such a stir.

The Oakdale musician visited the town in the state’s Riverina region – between Wagga Wagga and Canberra – in August this year and was stunned by its natural beauty and charm.

He was so inspired, he locked himself in the small car’s crammed backseat, grabbed some paper, and wrote a song.

That song – Bear – has since been the talk of Tumut.

The town’s mayor, James Hayes, has been sending a link to the song and its accompanying video – filmed by two of Mr Leech’s friends who live in Tumut – to everyone he can think of.

“It’s certainly turned heads around here,” he said.

“We’re going to push this song out as far and wide as we can.”

Grant Hardwick and Laura Jaynoy, Mr Leech’s friends, filmed all the sights in Tumut – the beautiful forest, the stunning lakes, the gorgeous sunsets – and put together a video that would impress locals.

“I can’t believe how it’s sky-rocketed,” Mr Leech told the Advertiser. “Nothing I’ve ever written before has received this response.”

The 18-year-old said he was shocked the song was making such a splash in the Riverina town.

“It’s been getting radio play down there and in the Snowy Mountains region,” the former Elizabeth Macarthur High School student said.

“A lot of the Tumut businesses have got behind it.

“It’s been crazy.”

Mr Leech also said representatives of Home and Away had reached out and expressed an interest in the track.

Destination NSW offshoot Destination Riverina Murray even made special mention of the song and its accompanying video in its December newsletter.

Mr Hayes said the town of Tumut was “truly blessed” with natural beauty and he was proud to see it so stunningly represented in the Bear film clip.

“These are young people straight out of school who have put this together,” he said.

“I love that people are watching this clip online, it’s such a positive thing for everyone to see.”

Mr Leech said visiting Tumut was unlike an experience he had had before.

“It was like I wasn’t even in Australia anymore,” he said.

“I could have been in Colorado or Canada.

“I’d never seen snow in my life and I was running around making snow angels with my girlfriend.”

Mr Leech said he liked to make all different types of music and didn’t want to limit himself to any particular genre. He said the inspiration of Tumut lent itself to the style of Bear.

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