This spring, small halls across the Toowoomba region will roll out the red carpet for international musicians as part of the Festival of Small Halls.
On Wednesday 24, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October, Rocky Creek Hall (Millmerran), Moonie Sports Club and Pergana Hall, in partnership with the Festival of Small Halls , will welcome Canadian folk duo Madison Violet and wild Kimberley Harry Jakamarra for two evenings of world-class entertainment. The tour will finish in Felton on 18 November.
These small halls are treasured by the community and dedicated volunteers are counting down the days before Australia’s largest regional music tour hits their doorstep. “We’re very much looking forward to hosting these incredible performers,” said organiser Alison Fearnley from Toowoomba Regional Council. “Rocky Creek Hall will have a bar and free barbecue, jumping castle, face painter, balloon artist and Velcro darts. Peranga will have a barbecue, bar, coffee and dessert van and free jumping castle and face painter as well.”
“The Ridgee Didge Bush Band will open the Felton Hall show,” said Alison. “There will also be a barbecue, bar, and free laser skirmish as well as jumping castle for young people starting at 4pm.” Canadian duo Madison Violet have been described as folk, pop, roots, indie and Americana. Their penetrating harmonies have garnered them a Juno nomination, Canadian Folk Music Award and Critic’s Choice award from Country Music People’s Magazine . Madison Violet were also on Germany’s WDR’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time.’
Harry Jakamarra is the newest folk sensation in Australia. At only 26 years of age, he already counts Australian greats such as Missy Higgins, John Butler and Blue King Brown amongst his fans. Harry’s music is inspired by Warumpi Band, Midnight Oil and Gillian Welch, then warped by studying Indian Classical on the banks of the Ganges River and narrowly escaping a Tuareg uprising in Timbuktu. “The Festival of Small Halls offers great live entertainment to our small community without us having to travel long distances,” said Moonie Sports Club organiser Brooke Nolan. “We are excited to experience a night off and unwind to music within our club.”
“The bar will be open at Moonie offering cold beverages and dinner will be available for purchase from 6pm,” said Brooke. “Our community is all about the people and we are lucky to live an area where everyone is supportive and gets in and has a go!”
Interested music lovers can purchase tickets online.
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