Big names com­ing for our Small Halls

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

GYMPIE’S Mothar Moun­tain Hall and the Rain­bow Beach Com­mu­nity Hall are on the Fes­ti­val of Small Halls 2018 Sum­mer Tour fea­tur­ing Canada’s two-time Juno award win­ner, Old Man Luedecke, and lo­cal folk fes­ti­val favourite Lucy Wise.

Set to lift the spir­its of many drought-stricken Queens­land towns this sum­mer, the not-for­profit tour rekin­dles the agesold tra­di­tion of gath­er­ing in the lo­cal small hall for a spe­cial night of live mu­sic, sto­ry­telling and com­mu­nity con­nec­tion.

Launch­ing in the rolling hills of North­ern NSW at Mul­lum Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Fri­day, the Small Halls Sum­mer Tour will travel to 21 town halls, from the Dar­ling and West­ern Downs areas up to the lush rain­forests north of Cairns be­fore wrap­ping up at Wood­ford Folk Fes­ti­val from De­cem­ber 27–Jan­uary 1.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Eleanor Rig­den said run­ning the tour in part­ner­ship with Aus­tralia’s lead­ing folk fes­ti­vals en­ables them to “bring in the best con­tem­po­rary folk artists, who oth­er­wise would not be able to af­ford tour­ing th­ese re­gions”.

“From our farm­lands to the flood lands, the rain­forests to the Out­back, the towns that are a bit off the beaten track tend to be left off big tours, which means re­gional folk are miss­ing out.”

Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise are equally ex­cited to tour Aus­tralia’s small halls.

Rig­den said the show is not to be missed as “Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise have been cho­sen not only be­cause of their beau­ti­ful mu­si­cian­ship, but be­cause they have the abil­ity to re­ally con­nect with peo­ple through sto­ry­telling, the abil­ity to tell a joke, as well as a won­der­ful warmth and real in­ter­est in vis­it­ing places a lit­tle off the beaten track.

“We just know th­ese artists are go­ing to bring some­thing spe­cial to so many towns that are suf­fer­ing right now. Hav­ing toured in tough times of bush­fires and droughts be­fore, Fes­ti­val of Small Halls has proven many times to be the per­fect re­prieve the com­mu­nity needs. And that’s what it’s all about. Spe­cial shows in spe­cial places with spe­cial peo­ple.”

The Fes­ti­val of Small Halls will be on De­cem­ber 2 at Mothar Moun­tain Hall and De­cem­ber 12 at Rain­bow Beach Com­mu­nity Hall.

Tick­ets are avail­able through bit.ly/2qBzVLu that will take you to the Small Halls Fes­ti­val web­site.

Pho­tos: Con­tributed

HEADLINERS: Third-gen­er­a­tion Aus­tralian singer/song­writer Lucy Wise and Canada's two-time Juno Award win­ner, Old Man Luedecke, will per­form in the Fes­ti­val of Small Halls at Mothar Moun­tain and Rain­bow Beach next month.

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