The final Kidgeeridge ‘Not for Profit’ Music Festival to be held on Kidgeeridge farm beside Lake Conjola has attracted some of the biggest music names from across Australia to entertain the lucky 500 people who are the first to buy tickets.
The festival this year has attracted the cream of Australia’s musical talent across a wide range of styles – headed by the biggest name in Australian country music, Troy Cassar-Daley.
He is the winner of four ARIA awards, 25 Golden Guitars during the Tamworth country music festival, two APRA country song of the year awards, eight Deadly Awards handed out to be nation’s best indigenous entertainers and 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards.
Also on the bill is former Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock frontman Ross Wilson, who has also enjoyed tremendous success as a solo performer.
As if those two legends of Australian music are not enough, throw into the mix John Schumann, who is one of the few songwriters who have changed the way a nation thinks.
Best known for his leadership of the legendary folk-rock band Redgum, and his Vietnam veterans’ anthem, “I was only 19”, John Schumann first came to national attention in 1980 as Redgum’s lead singer-songwriter.
In the ensuing years John Schumann recorded nine albums and, with Redgum, toured the UK, Europe and Ireland where his songs are still played.
Then you have former Cold Chisel member Don Walker, who wrote many of Chisel’s greatest hits. He played piano and keyboard with Cold Chisel until the band broke up, and has since continued to record and perform as a solo artist, write songs and even write books.
Richard Clapton described Walker as, “the most Australian writer there has ever been. Don just digs being a sort of beat poet, who goes around observing, especially around the streets of Kings Cross. He soaks it up like a sponge and articulates it so well. Quite frankly, I think he’s better than the rest of us.”
The Kidgeeridge Music Festival always enjoys a hearty dose of blues, and this year is no exception with a performance by Australian blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes.
The internationally recognised and awarded recording and touring artist has been variously described by reviewers as a ‘musical anomaly’, ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’, or simply as ‘scaring the hell out of me’.
There is also Joe Louis Walker, who is among the greatest bluesmen of his generation.
The American is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerising guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist.
For something different there is folk-pop duo Busby Marou, rising Australian country act the Adam Eckersley Band, Texas ex-pat Doug Bruce with his band The Tailgaters, and much more.
There will even be a traditional welcome to the region performed by Aboriginal elder Noel Butler.
The Kidgeeridge Music Festival is taking place on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 2014, with tickets including plenty of music, most meals, beer, wine and soft drinks, and weekend camping.
Tickets costing $295 + bf are available by either visiting www.kidgeeridge.com.au or contacting 02 4455 7155.
All profits from the festival help local charities.