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Music festival sounds like summer for local folk

A high quality folk and contemporary music concert is set to delight more families in the Isaac region as the Festival of Small Halls Summer 2018 tour hits the road and heads to Middlemount on Friday, December 7.

Produced by Woodfordia Inc., in partnership with Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, Festival of Small Halls is a locally driven music tour bringing high-quality, live, original music to small towns.

The tour is scheduled to play at 20 community halls across regional, rural and remote towns in New South Wales and Queensland in November and December.

Mayor Anne Baker said it was pleasing to see an increasing range of diverse arts and cultural events appearing on the region’s community calendars.

“This experience provides a unique opportunity for people in our smaller regional towns to enjoy quality, live festival-inspired music,” Mayor Baker said.

“A large number of residents in the Clermont, Nebo and Isaac Coast communities were recently delighted by the Festival of Small Hall Spring tour performances.

“The Ilbilbie show in particular attracted a capacity audience creating a great atmosphere within the Ilbilbie Community Centre.  Both that show and the popular Nebo show featured local talent Kate Lockyer opening the performances.

“On the back of the spring tour’s success in our region, it is wonderful to see another Isaac town included in the summer tour dates.

“For residents in Middlemount and surrounding areas, this is a great opportunity for families to spend a night out together being entertained by these remarkable national and international artists.”

The Summer Tour 2018 line up features Canada’s two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke and Australian folk festival favourite Lucy Wise.

Hailing from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, Old Man Luedecke performs his original songs accompanied by his beloved banjo, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. 

A highly accomplished and acclaimed songwriter and entertainer, Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of charismatic musician blending poetic and melodic tunes with humour and stories.

Australian musician Lucy Wise, a masterful storyteller with a soulful voice, has developed a great reputation in the last decade for her songwriting which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences.

A regular performer on the folk festival scene both nationally and internationally, Lucy Wise will delight audiences with her skilful ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.

Adding some local flavour to the summer Festival of Small Halls performance will be local singer Ellen Hussey who will open the concert.

“Council is pleased to sponsor this show thanks to a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF),” Mayor Baker said.

“If people have the opportunity to go and experience these incredibly talented artists, I would highly encourage them to take advantage of the free tickets available from Isaac libraries in Middlemount, Dysart or Clermont.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Isaac Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Festival of Small Halls performance is at the Middlemount Community Centre and doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  This is an alcohol-free event.

For details on all summer tour locations and dates visit

For more information on local events, visit, phone 1300 ISAACS
(1300 472 227) or visit an Isaac Regional Council office.


Images available via dropbox:

Image 1: Harry Jakamarra with brother Elwood Gray and Madison Violet duo Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac with Isaac local Kate Lockyer who opened performances in Nebo and Ilbilbie

Image 2: Brothers Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray joined forces with duo Madison Violet for an entertaining set

Image 3: Set for a great night of entertainment at the Festival of Small Halls spring tour performance at Ilbilbie

Image 4: Officially the smallest hall on the spring tour, the Ilbilbie Community Centre was near capacity for the performance on November 15

Image 5: Old Man Luedecke will perform in the Festival of Small Halls Summer 2018 tour

Image 6: Summer tour artist Lucy Wise



Isaac Regional Council - Manager Brand, Media and Communications           4846 3333

21 November 2018