Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
an outback
oasis...

Barry Skipsey returns to Glen Helen for 2014

Barry Skipsey, Alice Springs based singer, songwriter and photographer is no stranger to the stage at Glen Helen and is received with great enthusiasm on each and every visit. Kicking off his 2014 season Barry will be at Glen Helen from this Friday the 18th of April playing right through the Easter and Anzac day weekends.

Visitors are treated to a show of traditional Australian music along with displays of Barry’s photography from around Australia.



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Alice Springs based Singer / Songwriter Barry Skipsey speaks to those who live past the city limits. His songs reflect the aspirations and experiences of his life. From following his urge as a younger man to leave the city and discover life at the“ End of the Bitumen “ to the fun and frustration of his own parenthood. They are songs of a contented man, someone who has found their place after much searching.

In celebrating the timeless beauty, space, colour and the people of this vast continent, Skipsey reminds us that luck comes to those who take the risk of following their dreams. Barry primarily performs solo accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He is a deft instrumentalist, a powerful singer and equally engaging as a performer. His music sits in the idiom of contemporary country.

Barry’s second and current Solo Album, “ Let Your Spirit Fly” features 14 original songs including the Northern Territories unofficial Anthem, “You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”. Recorded in Melbourne and produced by Hugh MacDonald of Redgum fame, it features many outstanding players and a more than satisfying blend of instrumentation. Click here to purchase the album »

Country Music statesman, Slim Dusty recorded and released two of Barry’s songs,

Good Heavens Above and the End of the Bitumen. Plans were underway to run a third song past Slim before the sad loss of this Australian Country Music legend.

Skipsey’s first Solo Album “ NT Road ” was released through the Larrikin label back in 1985. The album which followed two Top Half Folk Festival song-writing awards, sold well. Barry later joined forces with the Alice Springs Bush Band Bloodwood contributing his original material. Following an approached by the NT Tourist Commission (NTTC) they were contracted, in a marketing capacity, to perform Internationally. For the next ten years, Bloodwood toured and performed in the UK, Asia, North America and Europe, including a two week stint at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The writer of the song “ You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”, Barry is no stranger to tourism promotion, on stage or around the campfire. His NTTC solo performances, nationally and internationally, covered the years up until the late 90’s.

1996 to 2001 saw Barry blending his two great passions, Photography and Music in the form of an Audio Visual performance. His weekly One Man ( slide ) show was entitled the “Red Centre Show“. Performed at a local Tourist Park, at the height of the tourist season, it attracted an average audience of 250 travellers enjoying the images that married with his songs.

Testimonial4

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the Ormiston Gorge Helicopter flight, just jaw droppingly beautiful – I think the pilot thought our microphones weren’t working, when in fact we were just speechless!

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

2015-05-22T10:50:57+00:00

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the View Full →

Testimonial1

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live music in the evening, a toy box in the reception area for children, old books and magazines and after days of eating over priced chewy pizzas the restaurant was like arriving in heaven! Proof that you can have nice food in a remote location – we were looking forward to dinner every night and enjoyed kangaroo, camel sausages and crocodile spring rolls matched with great Aussie wines. It was the one place we would have loved to have stayed longer – the images speak for themselves. Will be back for sure.

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

2015-05-12T10:06:47+00:00

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live View Full →

Testimonia2

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the rooms small and cozy, but very clean and the staff were really friendly and kind. The evening meal was superb, the music in the evening was very fitting and could be enjoyed outside on the patio as well. The sandwiches we got the next day to take with us were the best sandwiches we had all trip. All in all avery simple but very nice and authentic resort.

Authentic Outback

2015-05-12T10:07:21+00:00

Authentic Outback

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the View Full →

Testimonial3

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were amazed to find a terrific restaurant here and had a fabulous meal which would be worth driving out from Alice for, even if you weren’t staying over. Thoroughly recommended. PS Please ask the tour bus operators not to de-stone their dual wheels in front of the bowser!

A friendly oasis

2015-05-22T10:49:48+00:00

A friendly oasis

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were View Full →