Festival of Small Halls eyes QLD and NSW towns
There’s some good times ahead for the locations on this November/December’s Festival of Small Halls in Queensland and New South Wales, with the announcement of Canada-based Irish singer songwriter Irish Mythen and local lads Starboard Cannons as the touring artists on the run.
Though it’s not Irish’s first trip to Australia, it’s been a while between visits and she’s made some serious headway in her career since then. A month ago she opened for rock legend Rod Stewart at the Cavendish Music Festival in Prince Edward Island, and after Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, Irish Mythen is the most requested artist at Canada’s longest running folk festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival.
Starboard Cannons have already had a taste of what’s in store, having guested on last year’s Summer tour for three dates only.
“For a touring band, the Festival of Small Halls is pretty much the ultimate gig – truly one of the most positive developments in the Australian live music scene in recent times,’ says Starboard frontman Ashley Bell.
“Last year we got a glimpse into the magic of the Halls, we can’t wait to hit he road in November and make some memories! Gorgeous, historic and unique country halls serving the exact purpose for which they were built: the coming together of people. Gracious audiences, terrific atmosphere and the sharing of music.”
This is the fourth Queensland tour (5th overall) for Festival of Small Halls – a grass-roots tour that pairs a visiting international artist and a notable Australian folk group for shows in small towns and community halls. Producers Woodford Folk Festival consider this Summer tour ‘the original’, even though there are 4 new towns on this run.
‘If I had to describe the artists on this Summer’s tours in one word, I’d say Larrikins. This tour is going to be a lot of fun for the audiences,’ says tour producer Chloe Goodyear.
Modeled on this traditional Australian hall experience, the Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour concentrates on visiting towns where communities are strong, but may not have access to high quality musical acts due to their remote locations, or lack of a ‘traditional’ venue. Artists playing the Festival of Small Halls are chosen not only for the high calibre of their music, but for their enthusiasm and willingness to become part of the community for the brief time that they pass through – a perfect fit for the country halls that populate our country.
Tickets are on sale 15 September at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com and at select community outlets.
The Festival of Small Halls Queensland New South Wales is presented by the Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the Mullum Music Festival.
For more info and to purchase tickets head to the official website.
Fri Nov-13 Nymboida NSW Nymboida Community Hall
Sat Nov-14 Texas QLD Texas Memorial Hall
Sun Nov-15 Brookfield QLD Brookfield Hall
Sat Nov-21 Mullumbimby NSW Mullum Music Festival
Sun Nov-22 Mullumbimby NSW Mullum Music Festival
Fri Nov-27 Felton QLD Felton Hall
Sat Nov-28 St George QLD St George Amphitheatre
Sun Nov-29 Tambo QLD Tambo Shire Hall
Fri Dec-04 Springbrook QLD Springbrook Community Hall
Sat Dec-05 Mt Nebo QLD Mt Nebo Hall
Sun Dec-06 Eudlo QLD Eudlo Public Hall
Fri Dec-11 Caloundra QLD CCSA Hall
Sat Dec-12 Degilbo QLD Degilbo Hall
Sun Dec-13 Woodford QLD Woodford Hall
Thu Dec-17 Sandgate QLD Sandgate Hall (Irish Mythen & Tim Chaisson)
Fri Dec-18 Goomeri QLD Goomeri Hall of Memory
Sat Dec-19 Eumundi QLD Eumundi School of the Arts
Sun Dec-20 Mudgeeraba QLD Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall
Sun Dec-27 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival
Mon Dec-28 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival
Tue Dec-29 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival
Wed Dec-30 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival
Thu Dec-31 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival
Fri Jan-01 Woodford QLD Woodford Folk Festival