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Big 10 for White Cliffs Music Festival

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

Royden Donohue will be performing in White Cliffs this weekend as part of the annual Music Festival. PICTURE: Facebook Royden Donohue will be performing in White Cliffs this weekend as part of the annual Music Festival. PICTURE: Facebook

By Emily McInerney

The White Cliffs Music Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend.

Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and entertainment in the outback from Friday to Sunday.

Organiser Anne Baker said the festival aims to provide a wide variety of musical genres and over the years had managed to engage a very broad range of artists, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers.

Among this year’s acts are Royden Donohue, The Jam Tarts Trio, Nick Charles, Pete Denahy, The Davidson Brothers and Leroy Johnson.

“It is a very talented line-up,” Anne said.

“It’s our tenth anniversary so it will be a very big one.”

She said interest was very high and a lot of accommodation had beeb booked out quickly.

“If you can, bring your camping gear unless you know someone who might lend you some floor,” she joked.

She said the whole town was looking forward to the festival.

“It brings the town to life. We get people attending from all over.

“It’s part of the grey nomad travelling circuit and we get a lot of grey nomads.”

Anne said the street party on Friday night will have a beanie stall which raises funds for the RFDS.

“Royden will also be doing his Elvis impersonation show,” she said.

As well as performances, there will be workshops throughout the day including guitar, comedy writing in songs, song writing and didgeridoo.

The organising committee is comprised of local volunteers plus many from further afield who join in meetings via phone link. 

When attending various music festivals, Anne is constantly on the lookout for  artists and useful ideas to improve the running of the festival.

The committee has a diversified range of skills, talents and experience to draw upon and as a consequence, the festival goes from strength to strength each year. 

It is held annually on the third weekend of May and has been nominated for two ‘Events of the Year’ in the local shire Australia Day awards. That was in 2010 and in 2016, and it won both.

The festival is sponsored by Foundation Broken Hill, ArtsNSW and Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

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