GCMA 2020 | Musician of the year finalist: Lindsay Waddington

Lindsay Waddington, or “Waddo”, as he’s affectionately known, has a list of career achievements as long as this current lockdown is feeling.

Compere, producer, songwriter and owner of Gold Coast’s Kross Kut Records recording studio, Waddo has done it all. But it’s his long career as a sought-after multi-instrumentalist, prolific session musician and award-winning recording artist that has seen him nab a finalist nod for Musician of the Year at the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards.

“I’m very proud and honoured to be named as a finalist this year,” says Lindsay of his acknowledgment.

“I’ve been fortunate to receive awards in Australia and Internationally but there’s something special to be recognised in your home town awards.

“I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world playing my brand of music but there is nothing like coming home – it’s a special place.”

It was actually a direct result of some of that early travel that the left-handed Waddo ended up with his distinctive upside-down guitar playing style.

“I left school at 15 and joined the Brian Young Show. It was a concert show band that travelled Australia wide 11 months of the year,” he explains.

“I was the drummer in that show and because of luggage restrictions I wasn’t allowed to take any other instruments, so I adapted playing right-handed instruments upside down instead.”

Waddo can be heard on hundreds of albums as a session musician playing many instruments including drums, guitar, mandolin and bass, but it’s the early years that hold the biggest spaces in his heart.

“Out of all the instruments I play, guitar and drums are my favourite and really depends on the song to what I’d probably sway to being preferred,” he concedes.

To date Lindsay has released 10 albums and won or received finalist nominations as an instrumentalist in many of Australia’s leading industry awards. In 2019 Lindsay was inducted into the prestige “Hands of Fame” in Tamworth NSW during Australia’s largest Country Music Festival and also won “Traditional Country Album of the Year” in Nebraska USA.

Waddo has also won many awards as a producer, including producer of “International Country Album of the Year” in Iowa, USA four times.

If that’s not enough, in 2019 he released his 10th Instrumental album, and launched his own YouTube channel featuring his music which has now had over 1.3 million views. This year already he has been announced as QLD Musician of the Year and winner of Traditional Country CD of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

You could forgive him for not having too many more musical bucket list items to tick off.

“Well, I would love to play the Grand ole Opry,” he laughs.

Tune into the Virtual Gold Coast Music Awards on 30 April to see if Lindsay manages to add Gold Coast Musician of the Year to his impressive list of accomplishments.

Learn more about the other Musician of the Year finalists at this year’s Gold Coast Music awards.

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