It’s folk time in Nerang, folks

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

FOLK and blue­grass mu­sic takes cen­tre stage at Coun­try Par­adise Park­lands this week­end when The Bushwack­ers head­line the in­au­gu­ral Nerang Folk and Blue­grass Fes­ti­val.

The Golden Gui­tar-win­ning vet­er­ans will pro­vide the sound­track for a bush dance on Satur­day at 6pm. They’ll be joined on the bill by acts in­clud­ing Round Moun­tain Girls (pic­tured), Brian Leg­gatt, Ebony Rose, Fret­fest and lo­cal band Balyana.

Fresh from shows at the Port Fair Folk Fes­ti­val, in Can­berra, and the By­ron Bay Blues­fest, Celta-punk-abilly roots folk rock favourites Round Moun­tain Girls will show off tunes from their re­cently re­leased third stu­dio al­bum, Get­ting There is Only Halfway Back at two shows on Satur­day at 2pm and 5pm.

Liv­ing national trea­sure Jack Thomp­son plays blues harp on two tracks on the al­bum – The Watch and Fall Hard – while Felic­ity Urquhart lends her vo­cals to the track Hurt­ing No One.

The first event of the month-long Coun­try to Coast ini­tia­tive, which ties in with the Broadbeach Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the National Rodeo ti­tles and the Mudgeer­aba Show, the Nerang Folk and Blue­grass Fes­ti­val will also fea­ture bush poet Frank Vjars and a camp oven cook-off. The fes­ti­val site, the 13.25ha Coun­try Par­adise Park­lands, on Nerang-Beaudesert Rd, is a coun­cil-owned com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity run by Coun­try Par­adise As­so­ci­a­tion Inc.

The Nerang Folk and Blue­grass Fes­ti­val plays Coun­try Par­adise Park­lands, Nerang, on Satur­day from 1pm to 8pm and Sun­day from 11am to 5pm. Tick­ets are $10 adults, with chil­dren un­der 12 free. Visit coun­try­par­adis­ep­a­rk­lands.com.

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