Allan and Alicia Murray playing some of their inspiring songs at Hotel Corones in Charleville. Picture: Lachlan Berlin
Allan and Alicia Murray playing some of their inspiring songs at Hotel Corones in Charleville. Picture: Lachlan Berlin

Musos wandering the southwest spread message of hope

ALLAN Murray has been in and out of jail and his wife Alicia was once hooked on hard drugs, but now they’ve turned their life around by travelling the country, playing music.

Mr Murray, 51, served seven years behind bars and was released in 2016, and has since picked up a guitar and started travelling to country towns to play his music, including at Hotel Corones at Charleville on the night of August 27.

“While I was in jail I got into an altercation,” Mr Murray said.

“I was given some really bad advice from another inmate.”

Mr Murray became a Christian and set up a small business, then he sold the business to travel around playing music with his band 8ndure.

“I’ve been playing music for over 20 years, probably close to 30 years to be precise,” he said.

Mrs Murray, who has also since become a Christian, was addicted to hard drugs such as heroin as a teenager, as well as suffering trauma as a child.

“I battled fear and anxiety and I also suffered from eating disorders,” she said.

“I nearly died from anorexia.”

She has been singing with her husband for over two years, spreading messages of hope, happiness and forgiveness.

“We all want to be loved, we all want to be accepted, we all want to be wanted, to be chosen,” Mrs Murray said.

After finishing their gig at Charleville, they headed onto Tambo for their next performance.

But originally hailing from Hervey Bay, they have enjoyed travelling the country and meeting the locals at the towns they visit.

“Charleville’s a special place to us,” Mrs Murray said.

“We just love the people out here.

“They all have a heart of gold.

“They’re interested in your life, they have time for you - that’s special and unique to out here”

But throughout their travels, they have had a particular fondness for Dalby after a local let them borrow a car, and getting free gym membership from the PCYC.

“Dalby’s one of our favourite towns,” Mr Murray said.

“The people there are just so warm and embracing.”

Charleville Western Times

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