Karratha’s ‘bearded angel’ Clark Smith saves John Butler, Mama Kin after tour van mishap

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Karratha’s “bearded angel” has come to the rescue of West Australian music royalty John Butler after the Funky Tonight singer lost the keys to their tour van while in town.

Butler and Mama Kin’s Danielle Caruana are currently in Karratha as part of their North West tour, where they are due to play to a sold out Red Earth Arts Precinct crowd tonight.

Butler put the call out to his 700,000 Facebook followers on Sunday for help after losing the key to the 2008 van they drove up with.

“Right now we have a missing key for a Mitsubishi express van,” he said.

“There was only one key, we had no spare and it is gone.

“Meaning we cant move the car, we really need it.

“We need someone who knows how to change a barrel or get into this car and start it.”

Chiming in during Butler’s plea, Mama Kin provided something of a backing voice to Butler, repeating “one key”, “no spare” and “gone” after Butler.

On Monday afternoon Butler again took to his Facebook page to reveal North West Mechanical Solutions’ Clark Smith and Steve from All Doors Locksmiths had come to the rescue, describing them as a “f*****g legend”.

“Small town awesomeness,” Caruana can be heard yelling in the background.

Butler’s tour ends in Karratha, while Caruana is due to head up to Broome after the Pilbara gigs.

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