Warwick man cooks to a different tune
CATERING might be his bread and butter, but Mark Bradford always dreamed of being a singer.
These days behind the counter at the Warwick Saleyards canteen, feeding hungry buyers and sellers, Mr Bradford was inspired by his grandfather, himself a cook with a passion for singing.
"It's been a love of mine ever since I was a kid,” he said.
"I guess it runs in the family, somewhere along the line.
"I wouldn't say I'm a really good singer but I love it anyway.”
More a fan of the country style, Mr Bradford loves the Aussie greats in the vein of Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan.
"I don't play any gigs or anything,” he said.
"But at parties, someone might say, "hey Mark, you're a singer, get up and sing us a tune', so I do.
"I don't mind karaoke but I'm not really up with the tempo, it's a fair bit different to singing along with Youtube at home.”
There were even a few lessons along the way.
"That was a long time ago now,” Mr Bradford said.
"They were with Evelyn Eastwell, up at Slade Hall where the Warwick Country Music Association meets.
"I guess if I had to pick a favourite song to sing, it would be Angel by Sarah McLachlan.”
As with many musicians across the world, life and the need to earn a living got in the way and Mr Bradford took off to Tafe to pick up a few worldly skills.
"I studied rural operations for two years, then started a catering course,” the Emu Vale resident said.
"I did five years of studies in that field, I did every course I could from barista to bar to pastry and cooking.
"I thought I should make the most of it and today it's my life.”