SMALL HALLS NIGHT: Festival of Small Halls in Kalpowar in 2019. Picture: Meagan Ellerton.
SMALL HALLS NIGHT: Festival of Small Halls in Kalpowar in 2019. Picture: Meagan Ellerton.

Small hall puts on big show in Kalpowar

KALPOWAR hosted a night to remember for their small community, bringing Australian and international musical acts to their town.

The Festival of Small Halls tour stopped at Kalpowar hall on November 29, entertaining and delighting over 140 attendees.

Kalpowar Hall’s public relations officer Meagan Ellerton said the night was well received by the community, with the town buzzing with visitors.

“One of the ladies who has a bed and breakfast was completely booked out,” Ms Ellerton said.

“Another place where there’s accommodation in Kalpowar was completely booked out as well.”

The night featured performances by Monto percussionist Jespar Delaney-O’Reilly, Australian folk, roots and gospel blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara, and British singer-songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop, partnered with fire twirling and food vans.

Festival of Small Halls in Kalpowar in 2019. Picture: Meagan Ellerton.
Festival of Small Halls in Kalpowar in 2019. Picture: Meagan Ellerton.

The positive value that it brought to this town was terrific according to Ms Ellerton, with Kalpowar benefiting greatly.

“For our community it got a real boost not just socially, but financially as well,” she said.

“Some people travelled over six hours just to attend the event, which is just great.”

Visitors from Hervey Bay, Ipswich and more all made the journey to see the huge event this small hall was holding.

Some memorable moments for the crowd was Monto percussionist Jespar Delaney-O’Reilly, dazzling the crowd with his prowess behind the drums.

Gospel blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara put on a raucous show, with Ms Ellerton claiming the lead singer “could’ve been a comedian” he was that funny.

Following this success, Ms Ellerton is optimistic about holding the event next year, pending their final calculation of ticket sales.


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