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February/March in Australia has become a wonderful time of the year for people to see some of the musical greats of the world perform.

By Sue Arney - 12th March 2003 - Back to News

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February/March in Australia has become a wonderful time of the year for people to see some of the musical greats of the world perform. There is The Port Fairy Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, WOMADelaide, The Perth Festival and many more. Sometimes it is difficult or otherwise impossible for people in South Gippsland to travel to these places where they can see and hear great musical artists.

Taking advantage of the touring schedule of some of these performers, the local Arts Councils have combined their resources and will present a day of fabulous music at Mossvale Park on Saturday 15th March.

The MossVale Park event has been organised by the volunteer members of the Prom Coast, Mirboo North and Lyrebird Arts Councils of South Gippsland. In 2002, after they had organised their first joint musical event (African artist, Toumani Diabate, at MossVale Park in February 2002), the councils submitted for funding from the South Gippsland Shire Council to aid them in presenting another concert. Their submission was successful and they have also received funding from Arts Victoria. With all work undertaken by volunteers, the Arts Councils wish to provide a day that will be enjoyed by the whole family, at a cost the whole family can afford. The setting is historical MossVale Park, situated on the Strezlecki Highway between Leongatha and Mirboo North. The park has a centrally located Sound Shell (stage), playground area, car-parking areas and is home to many mature historical trees. Drinking water will be available for sale on the day, as there is no water supply at the park, or bring your own.

Local wines, beer and food will also be available on the day.

BYO chair/picnic rug and get comfortable for a day of tantalising music!

Ticket prices will be $20 Adult. Concession and Art Council Members $15. People under 16 and over 70 FREE. Gates open at 12pm.

The musicians to perform on the day are:

HARRY MANX (Canada). A unique artist, Harry Manx has brought the sounds of India to the Blues. Combining lap-slide guitar and the blues with the Mohan Veena (a 20 string member of the guitar family) and his own distinctive vocals, Manx creates a new musical experience. This is an opportunity for people who missed Harry at his previous sold-out performance at Meeniyan (Dec.2001) to this time get in early and secure a ticket to see this superb musician.

FLOOK! (Ireland/U.K.) Their new album RUBAI has just been nominated for the BBC Radio2 Album of the Year, and was voted into the top 15 world roots albums in fRoots magazine. Hypnotic flute playing by Sarah Allen and Brian Finnegan, frenzied guitar from Ed Boyd and 'to say John Joe Kelly plays the bodhran is like saying Mount Everest is a bit of a climb'.

'Sally Dastey and the Sweet Sceptics' (Australia) You may know Sally as one-third of 'Tiddas' or you may just know her as 'the one with THAT voice'. Sally is venturing out on her own, with a new band, new material, new C.D. and a whole new zest for music and performing. The band 'The Sweet Sceptics' feature some of Australia's finest musicians with Stuart Speed on Bass, Ed Bates on Pedal Steel, Matt Earle on drums and Mark Wallace on Accordion.

Jodi Martin (Australia) Jodi is a dynamic young singer-songwriter from the coastal semi-desert region near Ceduna, South Australia. Jodi has been touring Australia and Europe and opened shows for people such as Ario Guthrie, Luka Bloom, Eric Bibb and Paul Brady.

As well as this selection of musical talent, four dynamic local bands will also feature on the day. They are 'Brass Razoo', musicians Brett Errey, Martin Box and Gerry Garwood on mandolin, guitar and accordion, who play a mixture of Traditional/Contemporary Celtic Folk. The Duo 'Harmony' comprising vocalists Fiona Curram and Janine Garvey who always beguile the audience with their exquisite, sweet voices. Meralyn Stewart, Sharon Monks and Rebecca Bone comprise the band known as 'When Valerie and Bob Digressed', and play their own style of Celtic/Gypsy music. As well as fine vocals they play flute, violin and guitar. Prior to their upcoming tour of Vietnam, 'Reggies Trio' will also play at MossVale Park. 'Reggies Trio' is Peda Chambers on guitar and vocals, Ruth Chambers, vocals and percussion and Dom Parsons on clarinet.


12.30 - 12.50 Brass Razoo

1.00 - 1.50 Sally Dastey and 'The Sweet Sceptics'

2.00 - 2.30 Harmony

2.40 - 3.40 Flook!

3.50 - 4.15 'When Valerie & Bob Digressed '

4.25 - 5.20 Jodi Martin

5.30 - 6.10 Reggies Trio

6.30 - 7.40 Harry Manx

Although the organisers have been assured of good weather on the day, Leongatha Memorial Hall has been booked and will be used if there were to be torrential rain on the day. As the seating capacity of Memorial Hall is limited, only 600 tickets will be available for pre-sale in case the event needs to be transferred to the Hall. Otherwise tickets will be available from the gate at MossVale Park (or Memorial Hall) on the day. Apart from securing a place at this great musical day, all pre-sold tickets will go into a raffle to win twenty (world music) CD's (value $600), which includes the CD's of all artists appearing at MossVale Park on the day.

Ticket outlets are:

Bair Music, Leongatha.

The Source Café, Foster.

Mirboo North Newsagency. Mirboo North.

All enquiries to 5664 9239.


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