FAMILY AFFAIR: Dave and wife Sarah performed at the Jester Hill Wines Christmas in July function.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Dave and wife Sarah performed at the Jester Hill Wines Christmas in July function. DEIRDRE SMITH

Music man roars with Lions

AFTER moving from Brisbane in 2000 and 'talking about it for years', David Hume finally joined the Lions Club.

Even though he had a friend, Adrian Green, who was a member, it wasn't the easiest of introductions.

"They looked me up and down,” he said. "It was like 'what are you doing here'?”

With his cool-musician clothes, goatee beard and long red hair pulled back in a ponytail, he didn't exactly fit the image of a small town service club member.

But they were happy to have him, so much so that he became president last year and has only recently relinquished the role.

While initially nervous, 'I'd never done something like that before', he knew he had the support of the club, as many members had taken the role before and could point him in the right direction.

"I started out by just observing,” he said.

"I knew I wasn't alone.

"I knew it wasn't going to be problem proceeding.”

His wife Sarah is similarly engaged as a member of Zonta, the international services group for women.

The pair are both musicians and met in a music shop in Brisbane where Sarah worked.

Dave completed a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music at Lismore. He was playing in a band but when the members went on to other projects, he and Sarah decided 'to do something on their own'.

They started playing together in cafes and at weddings but Sarah's parents moved to Stanthorpe in 1999 and, visiting, they 'didn't want to go home' and so moved down the following year.

Initially, they were worried about finding enough work but things worked out and, with their music alone, they have become fixtures around the Granite Belt, playing at wineries, weddings and 'birthday parties from 18 to 80 years old'.

"We know people from lots of difference walks of life doing gigs,” he said.

Even after 20 years, they enjoy performing together and 'not having to rely on anybody else'.

"It's intimate, sharing that common thing,” Sarah said.

"You get something out from each other.”

Children, Zane, now in Year 12 and Shivanii followed and things have gone full circle from that early band, as Zane now plays drums in a band Dave has put together with a local winemaker and builder.

Dave's first local job was at the Border Post, driving to Warwick to pick up the colour inserts, but he has moved on to teaching guitar and working in special education while Sarah works full-time in special education.

And then there's work at home as well. The family has a 30 acre farm near Storm King Dam where they grow organic garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and seasonal vegetables.

Being organic, there's 'a lot of manual labour as we can't spray'.

Growing was a logical extension of Dave's love for gardening and it is organic because the pair 'weren't into chemicals'.

"It is better for eating but also for the environment,” Sarah said.

Dave said they had toyed with the idea of increasing farm production but 'it's not an old farm, we haven't got infrastructure and sheds'.

Dave has now handed over the presidency of Lions to Wayne Tait, who also took the role in 2013.

The club 'is really pushing new ideas at the moment,” he said. "I see it as being a great club but it is missing younger members.”