Queensland's Regional Small Halls Come Alive With Music This Summer / by Tomika Steele

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Australia's largest dedicated regional music tour, Festival of Small Halls, today announces its huge 2018 Summer Tour, featuring Canada’s two-time JUNO Award-winner, Old Man Luedecke and local folk festival favourite, Lucy Wise. 

Set to lift the spirits of many drought-stricken Queensland towns this summer, the not-for-profit tour rekindles the time-old tradition of gathering in the local small hall for a special night of live music, storytelling and community connection.

Launching in the rolling hills of the northern NSW at Mullum Music Festival on 16 November, the Small Halls Summer Tour will travel to 21 town halls, from the Darling and Western Downs areas up to the lush rainforests north of Cairns before wrapping up at Woodford Folk Festival, 27 December - 1 January. 

Executive Producer, Eleanor Rigden said running the Tour in partnership with Australia's leading folk festivals enables them to “bring in the best contemporary folk artists, who otherwise would not be able to afford touring these regions.”

“From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, the towns that are a bit off the beaten track tend to be left off big tours, which means regional folk are missing out.

“We've spoken to communities all over the country, and they want access to wonderful music without the cost, challenges and inconveniences of packing up the family to get to a show in the city.

“We are very passionate about doing just that. And so are the townspeople and our folk festival partners like Woodford and Mullum, who work with us to make it possible.”

Teaming up for this year's Summer Tour, Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise are equally excited to tour Australia's small halls.

"It's an absolute honour to share this tour with an artist as established and talented as Chris Luedecke. We both can't wait to play in so many special places neither of us has been to before," said Lucy.

Ms Rigden said the show is not to be missed as "Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise 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 visiting places a little off the beaten track."

"We just know these artists are going to bring something special to so many towns that are suffering right now. Having toured in tough times of bushfires and droughts before, Festival of Small Halls has proven many times to be the perfect reprieve the community needs."

"And that's what it's all about. Special shows in special places with special people."

The Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour starts 16 November at Mullum Music Festival. Tickets on sale now at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com

Proudly presented by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival.


Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival presents

FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS SUMMER TOUR 2018:
Mullum Music Festival to Woodford Folk Festival
Feat. Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise

15-18 Nov | Mullum Music Festival | Mullumbimby NSW
21 Nov | Kerry Hall| Kerry QLD
22 Nov | Westbrook Hall| Westbrook QLD
23 Nov | Texas Memorial Hall | Texas QLD
24 Nov | Coramba Community Hall | Coramba NSW
25 Nov | Valla Hall | Valla NSW
28 Nov | Mt Nimmel Hall | Austinville, Gold Coast QLD
29 Nov | Brookstead Hall | Brookstead QLD
30 Nov | Maryvale Hall | Maryvale QLD
1 Dec | Cooranga North Memorial Hall | Cooranga North QLD
2 Dec | Mothar Mountain Hall | Mothar Mountain, Gympie QLD
5 Dec | Koah Hall | Koah QLD
6 Dec | Forrest Beach Senior Citizens Centre | Forrest Beach QLD
7 Dec | Middlemount Community Hall | Middlemount QLD
8 Dec | Queen St Community Hall | Yeppoon QLD
9 Dec | Bucca Hall | Bucca QLD
12 Dec | Rainbow Beach Community Hall | Rainbow Beach QLD
13 Dec | Thornville Hall | Thornville QLD
14 Dec | Springbrook Community Hall | Springbrook QLD
15 Dec | Mt Nebo Community Hall | Mt Nebo QLD
16 Dec | Eudlo PublicHall | Eudlo QLD


APPROVED IMAGES, ARTIST BIOS & MUSIC FILES

  LUCY WISE (AUSTRALIA)   Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.  Lucy grew up with a lot of musical instruments around the house, performing at Australian folk festivals with the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. Having toured two albums and and two EPs in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past 8 years, Lucy has developed a great reputation for her songwriting, which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences with a strong focus on storytelling. She has played to packed venues at Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD).  Lucy’s third album, Winter Sun (2018) draws upon Lucy’s experiences touring and meeting people from all over, as well as her times spent at home, walking the streets and creek paths of Melbourne. In her solo show, she explores themes of love, joy and sadness, friendships and the relationships people form with their environment.   “A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.” - Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National    www.lucywise.com.au    facebook.com/lucywisemusic    youtube.com/user/LucyWiseMusic    instagram.com/lucyjoywise

LUCY WISE (AUSTRALIA)

Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.

Lucy grew up with a lot of musical instruments around the house, performing at Australian folk festivals with the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. Having toured two albums and and two EPs in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past 8 years, Lucy has developed a great reputation for her songwriting, which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences with a strong focus on storytelling. She has played to packed venues at Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD).

Lucy’s third album, Winter Sun (2018) draws upon Lucy’s experiences touring and meeting people from all over, as well as her times spent at home, walking the streets and creek paths of Melbourne. In her solo show, she explores themes of love, joy and sadness, friendships and the relationships people form with their environment.

“A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.” - Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National

www.lucywise.com.au

facebook.com/lucywisemusic

youtube.com/user/LucyWiseMusic

instagram.com/lucyjoywise

  OLD MAN LUEDECKE   (CANADA)   A two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke’s songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour; he’s a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!  From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, a banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he'd studied poetry.  His latest recording “Domestic Eccentric” is his seventh and is recorded with and produced by legendary old time and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien. The album is inspired and dedicated to his family, which is characterised by Chris as somewhat an “eccentric domestic” existence. The album has received heavy radio play and is the most successful of his seven album releases. Over his career he’s won two Juno awards (Canada’s acoustic music awards) and two further nominations.   “[Domestic Eccentric]...is the most organic and traditional-sounding record of the Nova Scotian’s career. Luedecke’s old-school singing and banjo picking combined with O’Brien’s Appalachian-style wizardry on fiddle, guitar and mandolin dovetail with songs that address matters of the heart, family affairs and the tribulations of camping.”  - The Australian    oldmanluedecke.ca    facebook.com/OldManLuedecke    twitter.com/OldManLuedecke    youtube.com/user/OldManLuedecke

OLD MAN LUEDECKE (CANADA)

A two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke’s songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour; he’s a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!

From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, a banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he'd studied poetry.

His latest recording “Domestic Eccentric” is his seventh and is recorded with and produced by legendary old time and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien. The album is inspired and dedicated to his family, which is characterised by Chris as somewhat an “eccentric domestic” existence. The album has received heavy radio play and is the most successful of his seven album releases. Over his career he’s won two Juno awards (Canada’s acoustic music awards) and two further nominations.

“[Domestic Eccentric]...is the most organic and traditional-sounding record of the Nova Scotian’s career. Luedecke’s old-school singing and banjo picking combined with O’Brien’s Appalachian-style wizardry on fiddle, guitar and mandolin dovetail with songs that address matters of the heart, family affairs and the tribulations of camping.”- The Australian

oldmanluedecke.ca

facebook.com/OldManLuedecke

twitter.com/OldManLuedecke

youtube.com/user/OldManLuedecke


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