Ged Carter has made it to the finals of the Senior Talent Quest.
Ged Carter has made it to the finals of the Senior Talent Quest. Luka Kauzlaric

Ged doing it his own way means he's made talent quest finals

GED Carter wooed the judges and the crowd at Gladstone's first heat for the Senior Talent Quest for over 55s on July 25.

The 61-year-olds rendition of an old favourite, My Way by Frank Sinatra booked him a spot in the finals.

"I was a little nervous but once I got into the song I soon relaxed.

"I thought I would just give it a go, it's a bit out of my comfort zone," Ged said.

Ged goes under the stage name of 'Simply Ged' during his gigs around town, the majority being at Gladstone and Boyne Island nursing homes.

Ged Carter in the first heat of the Senior Talent Star Quest.
Ged Carter in the first heat of the Senior Talent Star Quest. Brenda Strong

"I enjoy doing that because I can choose what I get to sing and the residents enjoy my singing."

He said they even get involved too when he passes the microphone round while the lyrics are shown on a screen.

I mainly got into singing through roles on stage and in choir groups.

When he was 39-years-old he said he built up the confidence to join a choir.

Prior to that, the shower was his stage.

The NRG Power Station unit controller said since then he has competed in eisteddfods and played parts in musicals.

He scored the role of Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof about 20-years ago and played Javert in two Gladstone productions of Les Miserables.

"I mainly got into singing through roles on stage and in choir groups."

Ged is a fan of a wide variety of music from Broadway musicals to hits from the 50s through to the 80s.

"I like a range of popular music from Rock n Roll to musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and a little bit of country."

Simply Ged can be booked for functions or parties on 0437 749 199.

Ged was one of three contestants who made it in to the grand finals from the first heat, along with Irene Wex and Timo Koivunen to be held on Friday, August 23 at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre Marquee.

Talent time

There are two heats left you can register for:

  • Wednesday August 14 at Boyne Island Community Centre 11am,
  • Friday, August 16 at Gladstone St Peter's Anglican Church.

To register, phone 4976 6948 or email darlenec@glastonerc.qld.gov.au.



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