first ever Festival of Small Halls tour of NSW will bring Canadian musicians
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys plus Australian sister duo Siskin River to
the Bayldon Community Centre and Coramba Hall.
Festival of Small Halls is a grass-roots tour that pairs a visiting
international artist and a notable Australian folk group for shows in small
towns and community halls. It’s a concept borrowed from Canada and is designed
to show off the unique character of community halls.
is the first year it’s been run in NSW.
and Co’s live show has taken them all over the world, perhaps most notably to
WOMAD and Glastonbury in the UK, a rainforest festival in Malaysia and now to
regional and remote Victoria and NSW.
four-piece have a reputation for the antics of their lead man – while
simultaneously playing the fiddle and exhibiting an outright disregard for the
physics of a double bass, Gordie MacKeeman’s thrilling ‘Crazy Legs’ dance style
mixes with close-harmony bluegrass vocals, blistering guitar solos, and the
lively multi-instrumental talents of Peter Cann, Mark Geddes and Thomas Webb on
vocals, banjo, guitar, pedal steel guitar, double bass, percussion, mandolin
Siskin River is described as a compact duo with big
sound. Sisters Shalane and Tullara hail from Ramornie near Grafton and the pair
deliver an original style of folky blues, with a stomping groove factor,
delectable riffs, fast fingers and evocative lyrics. Regulars on the folk
festival circuit, they released their debut album last year.
bands will be taking to the stage at the Bayldon Community Centre, Toormina, on
March 31 and at Coramba Hall on April 1.
cost $22 for adults and $16 for students and other concession holders. Bookings
can be made via www.festivalofsmallhalls.com