Phil Walley-Stack returns to school to perform at Southern River College


Phil Walley-Stack and music teacher Wallace-Gibb with students from the music class Picture: Robin Kornet d454185
Phil Walley-Stack and music teacher Wallace-Gibb with students from the music class Picture: Robin Kornet d454185

FORMER Southern River College student and international musician Phil Walley-Stack will be heading back to his old school to perform as well as hand in the homework he never did 20 years ago.

The college is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and as part of it they are holding a music night where Walley-Stack will perform some of his tracks with the college’s music students.

When the College first opened in 1976 it was known as Gosnells Senior High School, but changed its name in 2006 to Southern River College.

Walley-Stack attended the school for three years in the ‘90s before making a move north to do a painting trade.

He joked he was planning on brining his home in that he did not finish 20 years ago.

“As soon as me and my mates left they put that fence up, I don’t know whether it was to keep the students in or us out,” he said.

“Kids wear school uniform these days, back then we used to dress to impress.”

Walley-Stack left the school during Year 11 and begun his trade in Northam after his mentor Ernie Dingo told him he needed to have a fall back if his dreams of being a musician ever fell through.

He said the first time he ever played one of his own songs live was seven years ago and has since travelled to Los Angeles, New York and through parts of Asia performing.

“Music has always been part of my life as I have been performing and entertaining since I was a kid,” he said.

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