Local talent Timmy Andersen is playing regular gigs at Gladstone's Reef Hotel.
Local talent Timmy Andersen is playing regular gigs at Gladstone's Reef Hotel. Tom Huntley

Musician makes most of regular live gigs at Reef Hotel

"I REMEMBER telling people in primary school that I wanted to be a singer," local musician Timmy Andersen says.

The Gladstone resident is showing the region just how good local talent really is.

As a passionate soloist, Timmy has been performing gigs around the region for 10 years, and started playing at the Gladstone Reef Hotel two weeks ago.

"I do covers primarily," he said. "But I throw in a couple of originals here and there. Eventually I'd like to keep writing and producing this music."

The talented local plays guitar, drums and sings.

"I love performing, entertaining and playing music. It's great to do something I love and make a buck out of it.

"I love the energy of it all - I get quite into it," he said.

With influences like Pearl Jam and Ben Harper, Timmy said it would be hard to put a finger on his specific style of music.

"Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder," he said in relation to one of his greatest influences. "Also Ben Harper."

Timmy said watching Harper at the bluesfest had been incredible.

"I'd love to play at one of those one day."

Timmy has been strumming his stuff on the guitar since he was five.

"I have been singing since I can remember. Now it feels like a couple of doors are opening for me and it's good to know that hard work is being rewarded," he said..

"The Reef Hotel has really looked after me and it's the only place in Gladstone that offers live music Friday, Saturday and Sundays."

Timmy said the venue was the best place in town for such a gig.

"They are really promoting local people."

When asked whether an album may be on the horizon Timmy said he had a lot of songs ready to go.

"But I want to do it really well when I do it, not half-assed."

Timmy performs at the Gladstone Reef Hotel on Fridays from 8.30pm to close, Saturdays from 9am to 2am and Sundays from 3-6pm.