Some of Australia’s most talented musicians will descend on Barooga next month for the inaugural STRINGS Festival.
The festival has been several months in the planning and will be held from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24.
STRINGS Festival committee chairman Mick O’dwyer says the event is a real community effort.
‘‘This festival is a joint initiative of the Berrigan Shire, Barooga Sports Club and the Barooga community,’’ he said.
‘‘There has been lots of hard work going on during the planning stages of the festival, and we see the event as being a great boost to tourism and the local economy.’’
The STRINGS Festival is the brainchild of Barooga Sports Club assistant chief executive officer Greg Ferguson, himself a passionate musician.
The STRINGS Festival kicks off at the Barooga Sports Club on Friday, June 22 with performances by Dean & Carruthers, Ben Walker and Geoff Achison and The Souldiggers.
‘‘We’ve also got a Friday Forum planned, where punters will be enthralled by future national star John-luke Shelly,’’ Mr O’dwyer said.
The entertainment continues on Saturday with a food, wine and craft market at Lion’s Park, Barooga.
The market will feature a great range of stalls, as well as music from local and visiting buskers.
Mr O’dwyer said he is particularly excited about the Saturday trade show, where exhibitors including Jack Spira, Daniel Hoban, Music Man and Terry Dean Guitars will have stalls.
‘‘We’re also holding clinics and demos, and you can even come along and get your guitar valued,’’ he said.
The STRINGS Golf Tournament is another aspect of the festival, running on Saturday at the Cobram-barooga Golf Club.
The music continues on Saturday afternoon, with a special close up set from Bender at the Barooga Hotel.
With free entry and a fashion show from Cobram-born woolliwoolli designer Jo Nathan, the afternoon performance is designed to cater for everyone, including families with children.
‘‘Saturday night at the Ba- rooga Sports Club is going to be a big event,’’ Mr O’dwyer said.
‘‘Our live entertainment list includes Bender, Wayne Monger and Kevin Borich Express.
‘‘We’ve also secured the talents of Phil Emmanuel, undoubtedly one of the best guitarists in Australia today.’’
After a huge weekend of music, food, golf, art and more, festival goers are invited to the STRINGS Big Breakfast on Sunday, June 24 at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club.
Festival and draw tickets are on sale now at the Barooga Sports Club or at Music Man Megastore in Shepparton. For more information, contact Barooga Sports Club on 5873 4448.