Fair to celebrate wine region’s history
The 50-year history of the Margaret River wine region will be celebrated at a community fair on Sunday.
Nature Conservation Margaret River has been earmarked for donations from the event, with a big cheque set to be handed over by the Margaret River Wine Association during festivities.
The day starts at 11am at the Margaret River Education Campus and runs until 6pm.
Activities include more than 150 wines for tasting, Dunk the Winemaker, wine by the glass, food stalls and live music.
Entry is $5 for adults and bus transfers run from Busselton, Dunsborough, Augusta and Karridale. Carus Thompson will play at The River at 3pm on Sunday, celebrating a year since the release of his album Island.
Touching on issues such as refugees and the ice epidemic, the Fremantle singer-songwriter makes bold statements about modern Australia.
The father of two has spent years living, writing and recording on the road, but his newest music was recorded in WA.
Thompson, who had worked with charitable organisations such as headspace, Canteen and The Australian Children’s Music Foundation, said he wanted his lyrics to help young people.
“On the road, every person you meet has a story, and you can learn something from everyone,” he said. “But you need to be open to hearing their story.”
Island is a lyrical representation of the engagement with the “real Australia”.
Worldwide, Thompson has sold more than 30,000 albums independently and supported musicians such John Butler, Xavier Rudd and The Waifs.
“I love playing Margaret River,” he said. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, full of friends and good vibes. The last gig at The River was absolutely packed out.”
Dizzy Gs’ Kiera Smirk, Peppa Lane, and Gary and Bryn Larkin.