Country music sensation heads to the bush
EIDSVOLD will be the epicentre of a country music extravaganza on March 14, when a five-time Golden Guitar winner comes to town.
Australian country music sensation Catherine Britt is bringing her Bush Pubs tour to the North Burnett this month.
The gig will be held at the Star Hotel Eidsvold, and publican Kinta Gitsham hopes it will be an exciting event for the whole family to enjoy.
“A little while ago we were told by some friends about Catherine Britt doing a pub tour, similar to what Slim Dusty used to do,” Mrs Gitsham said.
“It’s always country towns who miss out on opportunities like this, which is why we put our hand up, and we were able to secure it.”
Catherine Britt has released seven albums, and of the seven, six were nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Country Album Release, a first for any Australian country artist.
She was also presented with the CMA Global Artist of the Year Award in 2010.
Now she’s decided to journey back to the bush, providing special one-off concerts in regional towns, including in Eidsvold.
For Catherine Britt, a bush pub is where the community and their families come together, to spend quality time.
“It’s a meeting place, a watering hole, and a shared home for the people in the bush,” she said.
Mrs Gitsham, who has gone to great lengths to make the Eidsvold gig possible, wants it to be an event not just for the town’s residents, but those in surrounding areas as well.
It will also be a fundraising effort for a charity close to the Gitsham family, the Burrumbuttock Hay Run Team.
“We’ve participated in a number of runs when we lived in Albury, up to Ilfracombe near Longreach, to deliver hay to struggling farmers,” Mrs Gitsham said.
“All profits from the gate takings will be going directly to them to provide free hay, and cover fuel costs for their runs.
“Our region has come through a massive drought, so everyone understands what that’s like.”
Esplanade St in Eidsvold will be closed down on the night to host the outside entertainment, which will hopefully include a jumping castle for children.
Community groups will be catering during the evening, and Eidsvold police will be on the beat.
Richard Waterson will be performing after Catherine Britt’s set, to conclude the night in style.
Tickets are $25 online, available here http://bit.ly/2vqoEDU, or $30 at the door, with kids under 16 years of age to be granted free entry.
Call Mrs Gitsham on 4165 1109 or 0406 495 001 for more information.
If you’d like to donate to the Burrumbuttock Hay Run head to their website.