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It’s on at White Cliffs

Thursday, 17th May, 2018

The Hillbilly Goats perform ‘mountain music’ inspired by the music of Appalachia, and will be play on Saturday at the Festival The Hillbilly Goats perform ‘mountain music’ inspired by the music of Appalachia, and will be play on Saturday at the Festival

By Kara de Groot

White Cliffs will come to life this weekend as singers and tourists pour into the town for its ninth annual music festival.

The White Cliffs Music Festival is taking place from May 18 to 20, with a range of country, roots, and blues artists sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

More than half a dozen acts will play on the Friday and Saturday, including some return artists.

For a $5 entry fee, people can see country music artist Royden Donohue play at the Friday night street party along with returning folk duo Euripi, and ragtime, bluegrass, Celtic and more duo Sympatico.

Donohue will return to the stage for the Saturday night concert alongside country, roots and blues performers Nick Charles, Mountain Mama’s Jug Band, and Baylou, and the mountain sounds of Hillbilly Goats and Slim Dime, for $30 for adults and $5 for children under five.

“I’ve caught up with the Hillbilly Goats a number of times,” organiser Ann Baker said.

“What fabulous energy they have and fantastic performers to go with it,” she said.

“As always, the festival aims to provide a wide variety of musical genres and over the years has managed to engage a very broad range of artists from all walks of music, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers.”

The three-day festival also hosts a variety of workshops and social activities.

Flax weaving, washboard drumming and guitar lessons are all on the board for a gold coin donation on Saturday morning, along with the ‘Out of the Mountains’ workshop, which will see the Hillbilly Goats trio share the history of Appalachian mountain music.

For those willing to brave an early start on Sunday, White Cliffs Community Hall will be hosting a Poets’ Breakfast at 8.30am, which will feature a variety of tall tales hosted by Peter Chapman.

Tickets for the breakfast are $20 for adults and $5 for children, and it is held in memory of ‘bush larrikin’ Bluey Stuchbery.

A campfire jam session at the caravan park will wind things down on Sunday evening, which organiser Anne Baker said is sure to be a great time.

“Anybody and everybody, whether it’s performers or visitors, are welcome to bring along instruments and we’ll have a big jam session by the fire,” she said.

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