Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Honky-Tonk Great Lives On

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Honky-Tonk Great Lives On

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Byline: Marnie Johnston marnie.johnston@northernstar.com.au

HONKY-tonk great and revolutionary musician Winifred Atwell died on February 28, 1993, but even at the 30th anniversary of her death, her spirit and music live on.

Jan Prestonas Life and Music of Winifred Atwell hits the stage at the Lismore Workers Club tomorrow for a very special performance, considering the iconic Trinidad-born British pianist and her husband are buried just out of town at the South Gundurimba Cemetery.

Jan Preston, the pianist and entertainer behind the production has performed the show throughout New Zealand and Australia to a great response.

Ms Preston said she feels a great connection to the fascinating icon and said she couldnat be more passionate about the show and its story if she tried.

aI love the music, but itas also a sort of responsibility I suppose. I like to think I approach the music and show with respect, admiration and general affection to her,a she said. …

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