Australia's largest dedicated regional music tour, Festival of Small Halls, has announced its 2019 Summer Tour, which will make two stops to the Capricorn Coast from next weekend!
Featuring award-winning English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop and famed high-energy Queensland duo, Hat Fitz and Cara, the musicians will perform at Yeppoon’s Queen Street Community Hall on Saturday 30 November, hosted by Keppel Coast Arts, and Emu Park’s Community Hall on Saturday 7 December, hosted by Livingstone Shire Council.
With a dedication to getting off the beaten track, the not-for-profit music tour celebrates the time old tradition of gathering in the local small hall for a special night of live music, storytelling and community connection.
Producer Eleanor Rigden said she’s looking forward seeing fresh friendships blossom in small communities across the country.
"Blair Dunlop and Hat Fitz and Cara have been chosen not only because of their beautiful musicianship, but because they have the ability to really connect with people through storytelling, the ability to tell a joke, as well as a wonderful warmth and real interest in connecting with the audience,” Ms Rigden said.
“We also know that musicians desperately want to get out and play their music in these really special, intimate environments. So really, we’re like the connecting piece in the puzzle supporting both groups to get what they want!”
Teaming up for this year's Summer Tour, Blair Dunlop and Hat Fitz and Cara are raring to jump on the bus and get out into the Small Halls of Australia.
“Australia is such a special place to play; it's going to be very fun checking out some new spots,” Blair said.
Local legends Hat Fitz and Cara agree.
"It is communities like these that have supported us throughout our career and we are excited to have the opportunity to reconnect with them in these magnificent Small Halls," said Cara Robinson of Hat Fitz and Cara.
Libraries, Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood encouraged the community to get out and enjoy these fantastic artists, who play music of exceptional quality and heart.
“This is also a chance for our communities to show off their warmest welcome and most enthusiastic audiences as we welcome the national tour to our piece of paradise,” Cr Eastwood said.
The Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour tickets are on sale now at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com
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• Yeppoon: Saturday 30 November Yeppoon, Queen Street Community Hall at 6.30pm
• Emu Park: Saturday 7 December, Emu Park Community Hall at 6.30pm