The Mallee Root Festival in Ouyen this month will showcase one of its own with country music man Chooka Williams performing on the day.
Chooka has a natural vibrato quality voice of strong country and has become very in demand around the Adelaide Country Music Circuit and beyond.
He’s a regular at the ‘Alcheringa Shindig’, Mildura & Barmera Country Music Festivals.
His willingness to always lend at hand at fundraisers right across the State has see him become a favourite and respected performer not only with audiences but also with his many associates in the Country Music Arena.
His first performance in 1964 was for the Ouyen District Hospital Fund Raising Concert, playing rhythm guitar and was lead singer with Owltones.
During the 70’s and 80’s he continued with “Martin, Barton & Fargo” band from the 80’s.
His list of CDs range from his first – ‘Sunset Country’, recorded with Star Productions in 1997, followed in 1999 with, ‘Mallee Country’.
‘Still Steady’ is his current CD, full of true country, which has been receiving good airplay, including on Flow FM.
Chooka has many credits to his name over his career including participating in the Olympic Torch song contest with local children (who wrote the lyrics) and Chooka co-wrote the music of the winning song and performed with the children in Mildura while the cauldron was lit.
In 2010 Chooka was inducted into the SA Country Music Hall of Fame at Barmera.
An Ouyen anthem has also been written for the event, and will be performed by Maurice Conway on the day.