Three Who Found the Call of Music Irresistible

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A career in music brings both joy and uncertainty. Penang Monthly talks to a bassist, a songstress, and a percussionist who live for – and off – music.

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It was the 1970s and everyone was playing the guitar. Paul Augustin was no exception. The St. Xavier's Institution boy was in the thick of it; first, singing with his friends at the playground on weekends and eventually, forming a band.

Inevitably, everyone who could play the guitar wanted to play lead, so Augustin, now 56, took a different route and taught himself the bass guitar. After joining his first band Chapter One (or First Chapter, Augustin is hard-pressed to recall), Augustin was eventually recruited into a bigger band called Midday Revival which played professional gigs.


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