It’s folk time in Nerang, folks
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.