Small hall of festival fame
DEGILBO Hall, which hosted its first show in 1896, featured at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
The hall’s “perfect” facade was recreated at Woodfordia to host quieter, more intimate music sessions, program director Chloe Goodyear said.
“We’ve tried a few versions of venues and the small hall has been the best,” Ms Goodyear said.
“It’s such a beautiful stand-alone hall – not too much shrubbery and it just pops out of the paddock the same that Woodford does.
“It’s the original school hall for us and the oldest one.”
Ms Goodyear said inspiration sprang from Degilbo’s inclusion in the annual Small Halls tour, which tours Australian and international musicians to small country towns from Mullumbimby to Townsville.
“The artists themselves, they love it as we send a production manager and tour manager on tour,” she said.
“When you play larger stages, you don’t get to connect with people so intimately.”
Ms Goodyear said the aim was to return each year to build audiences – as at Prince Edward Island, where the small halls concept began.
The next tour will run at the end of this year, ending at Woodfordia in the sheltering comfort of Degilbo’s small hall facade.
INTIMATE MUSIC: Degilbo Hall's "perfect" facade was recreated at the 2014 Woodford Folk Festival to front an intimate music venue.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE: A Festival of Small Halls concert is coming Degilbo way in December and attending a recent meeting to form a steering committee included from left, Jim Cunliffe, Cr Lofty Wendt, Winsome Wendt, Mayor Cr Faye Whelan, Belinda Hawes and Gary Dundas.