Fair to cel­e­brate wine re­gion’s his­tory

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out | Entertainment -

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.”

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Dizzy Gs’ Kiera Smirk, Peppa Lane, and Gary and Bryn Larkin.

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