Guitars out for Flash

ALL FOR FLASH: Currabubula Hotel publican Kathy Dodd, Kelly Crosby, Flash Sheedy, Jodie Crosby and Russ Bellette. Photo: Peter Hardin 161116PHC14THE country music industry are warming up their guitarsto help out one of their own.

There areindustry legends and then there is Peter ‘Flash’ Sheedy.

Those in the know say he is one of the greatest guitarists in the country.

He’s also a producer whorecordedBeautiful World,agolden guitar winning song by Rob Brown of the famousBrown family, andhelped kick start the careers of many.

A documentary was also made about him and his band.

But every good producer needs a workshop, and Flash lost his Currabubula studio, Angelwood Studios, to adverse weather and white ants some years ago while working away.

Due to illness,he couldn’trestore it himself, and hasn’t setfoot inthere since, saying it was too heartbreaking to see.

It wasn’t until old friends, brothers, Russ Belletteand Charlie Riverswent searching forold tapes whenthey saw how bad it really was.

Word got back to Country icons Jodie and Kelly Crosby whorallied their industry friends for a jam session fundraiser to help restore the studio.

With Flash’s house andstudio right night door to the Currabubula Hotel, publican Kathy Dodd offered up the venuefor the big event to be held on Sunday, December 4 from 2pm.

Apart fromentertainment, there’s raffles and plenty of prizes up for grabs including a guitar from industry stalwart, Lawrie Minson and weekend getaways.

Overwhelmed by the gesture, Flash was lost for words.

“I feel loved, and I love every one of them,” he said.

Jodie Crosby said the industry was honoured to help a man who had done so much for them.

“Everyone is so busy with their own lives and then something will make you stop,” she said.

“I just thought, we’ve got to help Flash. We knew that Flash had been ill,he is loved by everyone in the music industry, here and everywhere.

“I don’t know how much we’re going to raise but we’re hoping a significant amount so that Flash can go and do what he wants to do and restore the studio “

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