Mo­men­tum builds for fi­nal fes­ti­val

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mo­men­tum is build­ing for the 12th and fi­nal Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

A com­mit­tee is pre­par­ing for a huge event, en­sur­ing the fi­nal fes­ti­val, from March 21 to 24, is the big­gest and best.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Lyall Wheaton said in­ter­est in the 2019 fes­ti­val was strong, with many long-term pa­trons dis­ap­pointed this would be the fi­nal event.

“Un­for­tu­nately age and health has caught up with quite a few mem­bers of the com­mit­tee and at­tempts to re­cruit new mem­bers have been un­suc­cess­ful,” he said.

Mr Wheaton said pa­trons at­tend­ing the fi­nal fes­ti­val would see the best artists who had per­formed at Hor­sham in the 11 years the fes­ti­val had been run­ning.

“The artist line up will com­prise Laura Down­ing and Kiara Ro­drigues from Queens­land, Dwayne Elix, Peter Coad and the Coad Sis­ters, Brian Let­ton and Jo­hanna He­mara from New South Wales, and Don Costa, Justin Stan­d­ley, Sandie Dodd, Trevor Keilar, Col Perkins and Lachie and Ge­or­gia Mc­gen­nisken from Vic­to­ria,” he said.

Mr Wheaton said de­spite the Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val fin­ish­ing af­ter this year’s event, the Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic com­mit­tee would con­tinue to run din­ner and show pack­ages and Morn­ing Melodies.

The Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic year starts on Fe­bru­ary 7 and 8 with a din­ner and show pack­age and Morn­ing Melodies, at Hor­sham RSL.

Bendigo-based Cameron Ma­son and Ve­nessa Warra from Hynes Re­serve will fea­ture.

Mr Wheaton said both Ma­son and Warra have per­formed for Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic, ei­ther at the fes­ti­val or RSL, on numer­ous oc­ca­sions.

“They are both well known and pop­u­lar artists,” he said.

Mr Wheaton said tick­ets are avail­able from Hor­sham RSL in Mclach­lan Street.

The din­ner and show pack­age costs $35 and Morn­ing Melodies, $15.

“The com­mit­tee has seven shows or­gan­ised for 2019, with artists in­clud­ing Wayne Hors­bor­ough, Brian Let­ton, Rod­ney Vin­cent, Joy Adams and Trevor Keilar,” Mr Wheaton said.

He said peo­ple want­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val could call the Hor­sham Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on 1800 633 218 or him­self, fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor, on 5381 1995.

HOR­SHAM BOUND: Coun­try mu­sic artist Cameron Ma­son will kick-off the Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic cal­en­dar of events with a show at Hor­sham RSL next month.

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