A country welcome

Festival of Small Halls Spring tour will arrive in Queensland in October.

Festival of Small Halls is Australia’s largest folk and contemporary acoustic music tour of regional, rural and remote communities.

The tour, presented by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, will travel across the country from 25 October to 24 November 2019.

Starting with the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival in New South Wales from 25-27 October,  the musicians will convoy across western Queensland stopping at small regional towns to perform in community halls.

Pampas, Texas, Roma, Jackson, Theodore, Clermont, Rolleston, Muttaburra, Julia Creek, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Oak Park, Georgetown and Dimbulah are the small Queensland towns marked on the itinerary before the festival finishes with the Queenscliff Music Festival from 21- 24 November in Victoria.

Festival of Small Halls Producer Eleanor Rigden said Queenslanders should plan a road trip to really experience the music and great hospitality in the outback.

“These towns are some of the friendliest, most welcoming places I have ever visited,” Ms Rigden said.

“These halls are the living memories of these towns, having seen births, deaths marriages, balls, anniversaries and more.

“They have really been the place where people have grown through the community. 

“So, when you come to one of these shows, you are not only going see a really awesome music performance, you are going to get to meet the community and find out what holds them there.”

Ms Rigden said the festival was a chance for Queenslanders to get off the beaten track and was an “all in” event with no age restrictions.

Travelling from Edinburgh for the tour will be  Scottish duo Emily Kelly and Graham Coe from The Jellyman’s Daughter.

Graham said he and Emily were   excited to visit the land ‘down under’. 

“It will be our first time to Australia and we’re looking forward to playing our music to a bunch of friendly faces on the other side of the world, meeting some dangerous animals and finally getting to experience some (real) hot weather,” Mr Coe said.

Other talents on tour include two of Australia’s most-celebrated songwriters, Sara Tindley and Ash Bell, who will come together to perform timeless folk/roots music.


Tour dates

  • 25 – 27 Oct  Dorrigo, NSW  Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
  • 30 Oct   Mallanganee, NSW Performance
  • 31 Oct   Pampas, QLD   Performance
  • 1 Nov   Texas, QLD   Performance
  • 2 Nov   Roma, QLD   Performance
  • 3 Nov   Jackson, QLD   Performance
  • 6 Nov   Theodore, QLD   Performance
  • 7 Nov   Clermont, QLD   Performance
  • 8 Nov   Rolleston, QLD   Performance
  • 9 Nov   Muttaburra, QLD  Performance
  • 10 Nov   Julia Creek, QLD  Performance
  • 13 Nov   Hughenden, QLD  Performance
  • 14 Nov   Charters Towers, QLD  Performance
  • 15 Nov   Oak Park, QLD   Performance
  • 16 Nov   Georgetown, QLD  Performance
  • 17 Nov   Dimbulah, QLD   Performance
  • 21- 24 Nov   Queenscliff, VIC  Queenscliff Music Festival