By Justin Flynn
With six albums under their belts, country music duo Patsy Toop and David Baird know what it takes to entertain a crowd.
Together they form The Long and Short of It, an award-winning country/folk/rock mix that just seems to work.
Patsy discovered David’s talents at a charity gig and was in awe.
“I was on the sausage sizzle outside and cooking sausages and I heard this amazing voice and guitar,” she says.
“I stood there and was gobsmacked.
“He had his eyes closed because he was so nervous and I just heard this most powerful and beautiful voice.”
David held back on ‘outing’ himself as a performer for years by playing guitar and singing by himself.
It took a visit to Williamstown vocal coach Steven Zammit to realise his potential.
The pair has now been have been writing and recording songs for a decade.
“We have this fusion of folk and country but with the energy of rock,” Patsy says.
“We have a good harmony and when we hit that sweet spot, there’s almost a ghost harmony.”
Patsy stands at around 180cm tall while David is a diminutive 150cm “with boots on”, says Patsy, hence the name The Long of Short of It.
Saturday night’s gig at Ocean Grove Piping Hot Chicken & Burger Grill is the band’s first at the venue.
“We’re really looking forward to it and we’ve heard it quite an iconic venue,” Patsy says.
Tickets at geelongtickets.com.au/event/9523.