Regional Queensland towns are set to sizzle with top quality contemporary folk sounds this November-December, as Festival Of Small Halls returns for their summer soiree.
Featuring Canada’s two-time JUNO award-winner, Old Man Luedecke as well as Australian folk favourite, Lucy Wise, the Small Halls Summer Tour hopes to lift the spirits of many drought-affected Queensland towns by uniting people for a night of live music, storytelling and community bonding.
Presented by Woodfordia, aka the legends behind Woodford Folk Festival, Small Halls is dedicated to reviving what was once the epicentre of country life – the town hall.
The largest regional festival of it’s kind in Australia, the Summer Tour encompasses 21 dates, kicking off at Mullum Music Festival on 16 November before heading north of the border to regions ranging from Texas to Coranga North, Eudlo to Yeppoon, and many off-the-beaten-track towns in between. It’s the folk party equivalent of that I’ve Been Everywhere Man song, that culminates at Woodford Folk Festival 27 December – 1 January.
Small Halls Executive Producer, Eleanor Rigden, is thrilled the tour is able to bring entertainment to smaller regional towns that would usually have to head to a big city to get the same experience.
“From farmlands to flood lands, 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,” she said.
“We’ve spoken to communities all over the country, and they want access to wonderful music without the cost, challenges and inconveniences of packing up the family to get to a show in the city. We are very passionate about delivering that.”
Festival performer, Lucy Wise, shares the enthusiasm – both for the tour and its mission.
“It’s an absolute honour to share this tour with an artist as established and talented as Chris Luedecke. We both can’t wait to play in so many special places neither of us has been to before,” said Lucy.
“Special shows in special places with special people, that’s what Small Halls is all about.”
Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour takes place from 15 November to 16 December. Full tour dates below. Tickets on sale now at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com
FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS SUMMER TOUR DATES
15-18 Nov | Mullum Music Festival | Mullumbimby NSW
21 Nov | Kerry Hall| Kerry QLD
22 Nov | Westbrook Hall| Westbrook QLD
23 Nov | Texas Memorial Hall | Texas QLD
24 Nov | Coramba Community Hall | Coramba NSW
25 Nov | Valla Hall | Valla NSW
28 Nov | Mt Nimmel Hall | Austinville, Gold Coast QLD
29 Nov | Brookstead Hall | Brookstead QLD
30 Nov | Maryvale Hall | Maryvale QLD
1 Dec | Cooranga North Memorial Hall | Cooranga North QLD
2 Dec | Mothar Mountain Hall | Mothar Mountain, Gympie QLD
5 Dec | Koah Hall | Koah QLD
6 Dec | Forrest Beach Senior Citizens Centre | Forrest Beach QLD
7 Dec | Middlemount Community Hall | Middlemount QLD
8 Dec | Queen St Community Hall | Yeppoon QLD
9 Dec | Bucca Hall | Bucca QLD
12 Dec | Rainbow Beach Community Hall | Rainbow Beach QLD
13 Dec | Thornville Hall | Thornville QLD
14 Dec | Springbrook Community Hall | Springbrook QLD
15 Dec | Mt Nebo Community Hall | Mt Nebo QLD
16 Dec | Eudlo PublicHall | Eudlo QLD