Andrew ‘The Wizard’ Farrell with the photograph of his Frankston Music Festival performance that’s now part of the city’s Life is Music exhibition.
As a boy, there was no keeping Andrew Farrell away from the pianola in the family house. A gift from his grandparents, the pianola kept Andrew entertained for hours. “I was fascinated by the sound and the pedals, just how it all came together.”
Andrew, who started performing at Frankston venues in his teens and went on to study classical piano, never looked back, and now a striking image of him taken at a performance for the Frankston Music Festival is on display as part of the Life is Music exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre. With the temporary closure of the FAC because of COVID lockdown restrictions, the exhibition was moved online.
Andrew fondly recalls performing in his early days at the Pier Hotel’s Monday Muso Nights. He went on to perform at other venues across the region before touring nationally and internationally. “I love performing for people and meeting new people. I’m excited every time I’m off to a gig. I can’t wait to get to the next gig.”
Dubbed ‘The Wizard’ because of his remarkable talent, Andrew describes performing as an “unconscious thing”, adding: “You let your hands go (on the piano). I am singing as well and it all comes out.”
Life is Music features images of performers taken at festival events from 2017 to 2019. Past festival director Robert Thurley said: “There are some iconic pictures and they draw the energy that was on display. There were memorable performances. We can enjoy the great moments of the festival in these photographs.”
You can take a look at the Life is Music exhibition online.