INTIMATE MUSIC: Degilbo Hall will be used as a concert venue this Saturday. Photo Contributed
INTIMATE MUSIC: Degilbo Hall will be used as a concert venue this Saturday. Photo Contributed Contributed

Award-winning artists coming to Degilbo

CANADA-based Irish singer songwriter Irish Mythen and Aussie lads Starboard Cannons will showcase their talents at the upcoming Festival of Small Halls concert at Degilbo Hall.

Joining them for the Saturday December 12 concert will be Gayndah-born Cilla Slack, accompanied by Elizabeth Evans.

As Degilbo was the artists' absolute favourite place to perform last year, the Woodford Folk Festival committee built its own quaint and beautiful small hall modelled on the 110-year old hall for its annual festival.

There will be a barbecue and drinks available pre-show and at interval.

Doors open at 6.30pm and show will conclude about 9.30pm.

In the afternoon there will be a free singer/songwriting workshop with the visiting artists.

For the kids come along for a come and try circus workshop with Tyrone from 3pm.

Tickets

$25 adults

$15 concession

$5 under 13.

Available online at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com,

Your local council office and at the door.

Free on-site camping available

Duo to take audience on music history trip

COMING TO DEGILBO: Gayndah born, Cilla Slack is the opening act for the upcoming Festival of Small Halls concert at Degilbo on Saturday December 12. Photo Contributed
COMING TO DEGILBO: Gayndah born, Cilla Slack is the opening act for the upcoming Festival of Small Halls concert at Degilbo on Saturday December 12. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

CILLA Slack will be joined by fellow vocalist Elizabeth Evans as the opening act for the Festival of Small Halls concert at Degilbo Hall.

During their 25-minute segment they will take a journey back in time and perform some of the hit pop songs from the last 100 years.

The duo will swing through the 1920s, bop though the 1960s and twerk into the year 2000.

Cilla is taking a break from her latest project, a television program for pre-school children about a farm called Blue Gum Farm TV.

Born and bred on a cattle property at Gayndah, theatre has been Cilla's passion.

She went onto graduate with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from CQ Conservatorium and later a post-graduate study in voice from Queensland Conservatorium.

Since then Cilla has featured in many productions including the Australian Outback Spectacular to perform the female lead of Annie Johnson in Spirit of the Horse.

As a go-to anthem singer for international sporting events she has performed at cricket tests and soccer grand finals.

Irish Mythen a true storyteller

Irish Mythen Photo Contributed
Irish Mythen Photo Contributed Contributed

THINK back to a time in your life when you heard music that was so powerful and beautiful you were instantly engaged.

That very well could have been an Irish Mythen show, an experience in the joy of everything.

Born and raised in Wexford County, Ireland, her music is the root of small communities and the strength of a loyal fan base.

During her travels she has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Christy Moore, Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues.

Since her immigration to Canada in 2008 she has been honoured to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning.

As well Irish has shared the stage with Sylvia Tyson, Valdy, The Bros Landreth, and Emmylou Harris.

She has become an admired and respected artist on the Canadian scene.

Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows which highlight her various talents as the talented metaphorical performer-songwriter.

She is the storyteller who'll grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre. She will have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show.

Irish, set to perform at the Festival of Small Halls on December 12, said she has been blessed with the ability to see an image and translate it to a song.

"I have been further blessed that people enjoy them," she said.

Trio showcases larrikinism

Starboard Cannons. Photo Contributed
Starboard Cannons. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

HAILING from Northern New South Wales, Starboard Cannons cast off the rusty manacles of Australian folk music.

Moving across the realm of sparse and haunting folk, diving head first into full-blown, beer spilling, whiskey swilling, sea shanty territory, the gents craft string-based tales that sit somewhere between the Scottish Highlands and the Aussie bush.

With two albums under their belt, Starboard Cannons have appeared at a slew of major festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Fest, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass and The Gum Ball.

The trio features Ashley Bell on vocals, guitar and banjo, Matt Bone on upright bass and Jan Van Dijk on fiddle.


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