Mount Isa songstress Viv Edwards turns 50

WE ARE FAMILY: Celebrations at Studio 55 at the Barkley Hotel on Saturday night for Viv Edward's birthday.
WE ARE FAMILY: Celebrations at Studio 55 at the Barkley Hotel on Saturday night for Viv Edward's birthday.

Friends and family of Viv Edwards travelled from as far as Innisfail, Townsville and Ingham to celebrate her 50th birthday over the weekend at Studio 55.

Ms Edwards has been dazzling us with her vocal stylings for 19 years and said there was still many more to come.

She released her first album called Ship Out of the Desert at the Buffs Club in Mount Isa then the second album launched at the Barkley Hotel with the third album released at Townies League Club.

“I definitely have shared the love of music around the pubs and clubs of Mount Isa,” Ms Edwards said.

Writing songs is also a passion Ms Edwards loves and she is not afraid to write about the big issues affecting communities.

 She sent out a powerful message on domestic violence called “No Way” in 2010.

“Music is a universal tool where we plant the seeds of thought and hope people hear the message,” Ms Edward said.

“I have had many years of entertaining at celebrations like Robbie Katter’s birthday and Malouf’s wedding to name a couple, but tonight the tables have turned and I want people to celebrate with me for a change.”

Studio 55 was decorated in purple lanterns and balloons by Mob FM’s Trish Macnamara.

“It was amazing, the catering was for around sixty people but anyone who wanted to come along was welcome to,” Ms Edwards said.

Studio 55 is at the Barkley Hotel and Ms Edwards said she had some fond memories of singing at the Barkley before they had a stage.

“It’s such a wonderful place, I remember singing and the crowd would become so thick and I’m so short, I’d be lost in the crowd,” she said.

“All you could see was a tuft of hair bouncing every now and then but you could hear me.”