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Aunty T would be a familiar name to those part of Melbourne’s live music scene.

Affectionately called Aunty T, 55 year old Tracey from Koroit in Victoria’s west, has formed strong connections with local artists, one notably being Australian hip hop misfit, Joyride.

“When we met, the connection was immediate and stronger than the fan-artist dynamic,” Tracey said.

The connection was so strong, Joyride ended up writing a song about their encounter with music aficionado, Aunty T.

Tracey explains the aunty reference which is blazoned on a Black Tuxedo Custom Mix plate is a sign of respect.

“I have an indigenous background so calling someone ‘aunty’ is a sign of respect and also used to describe someone familiar to you,” Tracey said.

Living just outside Port Fairy in a small town of around 2,000 people, Tracey grew up listening to Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison and often got lost in the music. She travelled to Melbourne regularly for the weekend to see live gigs and catch up with the music community.

Well-known around her small community in Koroit, Tracey has her fair share of Melbourne connections too.

“Every time I visit Melbourne, I go to the same Cantonese restaurant in Little Burke Street where all the staff know me,” Tracey said.

“I definitely miss the live music scene during this time as dancing in your living room isn’t quite the same as the vibes you get at a gig.”

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Photo caption: A true local. Tracey outside the front of her house which features a reggae colour theme.