Small hall of fes­ti­val fame

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­TI­MATE MU­SIC: Degilbo Hall's "per­fect" fa­cade was recre­ated at the 2014 Wood­ford Folk Fes­ti­val to front an in­ti­mate mu­sic venue.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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.

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