Big names coming for our Small Halls
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.
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.