Finnian Johnson makes his break on the Tamworth Country Music Festival stage alongside Troy Cassar-Daley

Simon McCarthy
Updated October 25 2018 - 3:50pm, first published February 3 2018 - 9:00am
Photos: Simon McCarthy

When Finnian Johnson of Cessnock said he wanted to play the guitar, it was something his dad had heard before. His older brothers had either tried and lost interest or set the guitar aside altogether.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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