How two country lovers rekindled an old passion for swing
THE way Chris Boys smiles when he strums his guitar, you wouldn't believe that four years ago he couldn't bear to touch the instrument.
Before the horrific car crash that landed Mr Boys and his wife Viv in hospital for five months, music was the passion that brought the talented pair into each other's arms.
Their romance began when Mr Boys spotted his wife-to-be in an old-time dance band with her parents.
"Well, I fell in love with the young lady playing the piano and we married in 1969,” Mr Boys said.
Weekends spent touring around Tasmania and playing old-time dance music coloured the couple's early years.
But their shared passion was ripped away suddenly in 1985 when a land cruiser veered off the road and crashed head-on into their eight-seater people mover.
Mr and Mrs Boys were both severely injured.
It took them months to recover in hospital, but the emotional wounds took much longer to heal.
"We lost our confidence and I had a lot of memory loss,” Mr Boys said.
Trying to persist with his passion in the aftermath of the crash, Mr Boys remembers getting halfway through songs and forgetting the lyrics or what key he was in.
"What used to be something I enjoyed became stressful and pressure,” he said.
Putting the guitar and keyboard down, the two gave up on music completely until Mrs Boys saw an ad for the Nanango Country Music Muster, four years ago.
"I just suggested to Chris, why don't you go up and play,” she said.
Since then, the two have rekindled their passion for performing.
Now retired, Mr and Mrs Boys spend their days driving between festivals and brining smiles to crowds around Australia.
The musical duo are playing this weekend at the Goomburra Country Music Stampede at the Clifton Showgrounds.
The Stampede goes over three days from today until Sunday, with a range of talented country music acts.
For more information visit: http://www.goomburracountrystampede.com/