THE Australian landscape will be brought to life through sound as Todd Cook takes to the stage in Ballarat this week.
The Main Bar will host the Australian performer who prepares to return to the city that became a large part of his youth.
"This gig is going to feel a bit like a homecoming to me. I studied at Ballarat Uni and played footy for North Ballarat and Sebastopol for a few years," he said.
"It was when I was injured that I wrote my first songs and played my first gigs. Since then, I've travelled the world with my music, getting some support from major festivals and radio stations around the globe."
Cook returns with his three latest releases and a selection of new material which he said he is looking forward to sharing with fans for the first time.
Speaking about his music, which is largely based around the Australian landscape and people, Cook said he believed the story of Australia was important to talk about.
"The first tracks I recorded were inspired by what I learnt from living in the Northern Territory," he said.
"I originally moved up to play football in the off season, but ended up falling in love with the place. I guess it wasn't just the natural environment that really got me, it was the stories of the people I crossed paths with.
"I just think we are so unique and think it's important to celebrate what makes us special without ignoring the things we can improve. It's important that people feel connected to the place they live, wherever that may be."
Cook will be performing with special guest James Ramsay on Saturday night.
WHAT: Todd Cook with support James Ramsay
WHEN: Saturday June 27, doors 7.30pm
WHERE: The Main Bar, 28 Main Road
BOOKINGS: Available from Open Pantry or by calling 5334 4007