Country hospitality for James Morrison

Judi Morrison and James Morrison enjoy the hospitality of Carol Seidl
Judi Morrison and James Morrison enjoy the hospitality of Carol Seidl

Office Manager at the Tumut Valley Motel Carol Seidl had the shock of her life when one of her favourite musicians, James Morrison, arrived to check in last week.

Australia’s leading jazz musician and educator was staying in Tumut on Sunday night, passing through on a tour of Australia’s capitals with honour students from his school, the James Morrison Academy of Music.

They stayed in the Tumut Valley, where Ms Seidl said she was delighted to discover the busload of guests was being driven by the musical legend.

“The bus was reversing, and we tapped on the window to tell him where to park, and we said ‘Jesus Christ, it’s James Morrison!’” she said. “He was such a genuine and down to earth guy, and all the kids were just beautiful – they were all really sweet.”

James’ wife, 1987 Miss Australia winner Judi Green, said the group was looking into playing in Tumut next year, as part of the Academy of Music Jazz Orchestra’s country tour.

“It depends where we’re booked,” she said. “If someone books us, we’re there!”

“It was the students’ favourite place to stay on this tour, Tumut. Great breakfast and wonderful hospitality, we’d love to come back.”

James Morrison is a world-renowned composer, performer and educator for a variety of instruments and ensemble sizes. He composed the theme for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and conducted the World’s Largest Orchestra in 2013.

The James Morrison Academy of Music is based in Mt Gambier, South Australia.