Tribute to colourful mate

COLOURFUL FRIEND:  Recording a tribute song to Luke 'Reg' Alcock in Dave Sparks' Pirate Studios.

COLOURFUL FRIEND: Recording a tribute song to Luke 'Reg' Alcock in Dave Sparks' Pirate Studios.

A beautiful tribute song has been recorded by songwriter Luke Simpson for his friend Luke ‘Reg’ Alcock, who was killed in a horrific truck accident in February this year.

Reg as he was known to his friends and colleagues was travelling on Haydens Bog Road, Bendoc when the rigid truck left the road and struck a tree.

Mr Alcock ‘Reg’ was only 26 years old when he died, but during that time he had made a large contribution to his community and had many friends.

Friend, songwriter and work colleague Luke Simpson said that he’d known Reg all his life.

“About 12 years ago I started working with Reg at the Bombala Forestry and that was when we really became mates,” he said.

“I love my guitar and a few days after Reg had passed I wrote a tribute song for him called “Colourful Friend”.

“A few days later, after I had completed the song, I showed it to Reg’s parents Sonya and Warrick who said they liked the song so we recorded it,” Mr Simpson said.

The song was recorded in Dave Sparks, Pirate Studios near Merimbula with the help of musicians lead singer Brett Hodak, Mick Green on drums, Bomber on bass, Don Ryan on lead guitar, Luke Simpson on rhythm guitar and Shelley Simpson on backup vocals.

“I had the song written before we went into the studio, but ended up changing it a bit when it was recorded,” Mr Simpson said.

“We put the song up on Facebook and it wasn’t long before we had 2500 views.”

Mr Simpson is selling the CD for $10, five of which goes to the production of the CD and $5 goes to an organisation chosen by Reg’s parents Sonya and Warrick.

Mr and Mrs Alcock chose to give the money to the Mila Rural Fire Service where their son was an active member.

“Reg was a passionate member of the Mila RFS,” Mr Simpson said.

The song can be listened to on the Go Fund Me Website  at www.gofundme.com/colourful-friend.

”At this point in time we have sold about 70 CD’s so far – we’ve even had one sold in Tassie,” he said.

“People can purchase a CD for $10 with $5 going to the Mila RFS. 

“Don’t forget to leave your name and address so organisers can post it out to you.

“If you are local and you want to grab a copy of the CD you can order them at Champions Shoe Shop in Bombala.

“We have sold out but are taking orders for our next CD send out.

“This is a tune written for our mate so let’s all grab a copy to remind us how wonderful this colourful friend was. 

“Put it on your playlist to pop up every day,” Mr Simpson said.

“Hair of red and heart of gold,  Memories left untold.”