Festival of Small Halls is a unique, beautiful and romantic musical touring concept that has captured the imagination of the Australian public.
Core producers, Woodford Folk Festival, are delighted to announce Queensland Spring tour partners Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) and Mullum Music Festival. These two fantastic events will act as the anchors for an Australian and international artist to tour across some twenty unique regional and remote Queensland communities.
‘Our partner festivals for the Spring tour attract enthusiastic, loyal, annual festival-goers,’ says Festival of Small Halls Coordinator, Tom Hauritz. ‘We’re delighted that our artists will receive such a warm send off and home-coming at Caloundra and Mullum. The opportunity to spend some time in the ocean before heading off beyond the Great Divide will also be pretty fantastic – especially for our international artists.
‘We saw Festival of Small Halls as a project that could give so much to countless communities, including ours. It’s also a way we can reach out to our local community and patrons and offer something groovy, unique and slightly different. We are excited to be a part of the project and what it has to offer festival-goers and locals alike.’ says Caloundra Music Festival representative, Sharna Kriiku.
Modeled on a traditional Australian hall experience, the tour concentrates on visiting towns where communities are strong, and Halls have either a past or present as significant gathering places for that community.
‘For a small town there is no more important establishment than the community hall. Its where the community gather. We are thrilled to be part of the 2014 small halls tour and to be partnering with Woodford and Caloundra as festival destinations for the tour.’ says Mullum Music Festival Director Glenn Wright.
While artists for the Spring tour have yet to be announced, Australian troubadour Jordie Lane is still singing the praises of the inaugural tour, which took place from Mullumbimby to Woodford in late 2013.
‘The Small Halls tour was not just another tour! To go into these small, sometimes tiny towns to set up and play shows for the people was truly satisfying. Many of the towns were still in the rebuilding stages from devastating floods, and the Small Halls tour in many cases was the first bit of live entertainment they’d had since then. I felt like my music was helping people. And I’d never really felt that like this before.’ says Lane.
Organisers are putting the finishing touches to the month-long touring adventure, and urge any Queensland towns who might be interested in acting as a host community to get in touch. The full tour including tour stops and artists, will be announced in mid-August.
For more information or tickets go to www.festivalofsmallhalls.com
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