5 March 2015 Festival of Small Halls

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The 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.

 

The 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.

 

This is the first year it’s been run in NSW.

 

Gordie 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.

 

The 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 and banjo.

 

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.

 

Both bands will be taking to the stage at the Bayldon Community Centre, Toormina, on March 31 and at Coramba Hall on April 1.

 

Tickets cost $22 for adults and $16 for students and other concession holders. Bookings can be made via www.festivalofsmallhalls.com