Norlane resident Eric Cook has been sharing his passion for country music for almost 24 years, at the same time raising money for charity.

Eric said he’d always enjoyed listening to country music and discovered Geelong Country Music about 30 years ago. “I was raising my four boys on my own then, and as well as getting to enjoy country music, I got a lot of support from people in the group,” he said. “I found my community there.”

Initially, Eric wasn’t a performer but concentrated on helping the club stage shows for walk-up artists, giving them a chance to perform and enjoy the music. 

“I started singing and playing guitar about 20 years ago,” he said. “I thought I’d give it a go. Back in those days everyone was supportive, so I took that step.” 

For almost 24 years Eric has been running Pleasant Sunday Country events for walk-up performers. A house band supports anyone who wants to “come and have a go”.

“I never know where they are coming from,” he said. “They might come from Geelong, Melbourne, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat and anywhere in between. It’s just a fun day.”

Proceeds of the monthly shows are donated to charity and profits this year will be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Pleasant Sunday Country shows are held on the third Sunday of the month at The Sphinx in North Geelong. The show runs from 1pm until 5pm and also includes raffles and door prizes. Entry is $8. Doors open early and meals are available.

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