The Maroochy River group in action at the country music festival at the town hall.
The Maroochy River group in action at the country music festival at the town hall.

Country music draws golden oldies

THE Gold City Girls didn’t come to Warwick to win any trophies at the Travelling Country Music Club Ultra Golden Oldies Festival; it was the social aspect that compelled them to drive more than four hours.

“We come for the social side and we like to sing,” group member Noella Dwyer said.

“During our performance, we had a lot of response from the audience.”

Margaret Bye said she had only missed one golden oldies festival in Warwick since she turned 50 and became eligible to compete.

“I missed the year two of my children were married,” Ms Bye said.

“We come to Warwick as we are only competing against the same age group.”

They were proud of their group name, with Ms Dwyer claiming it was the gold of Gympie that saved Queensland from going bankrupt in the 19th century.

The group practised weekly in the three months leading up to the Warwick event.

All three are members of the Gympie Country Music Club.

At the weekend, 17 residents from the Gympie area headed to Warwick for the festival.

Other clubs that competed included Bundaberg, Bunya (Kingaroy), Gympie, Twin Towns (Beenleigh), Maroochy River, Redlands Modern, Northern Suburbs (Brisbane), West Moreton, Dalby, Roma and many individuals.

Travelling Country Music Club president Jim Pierce said the 2010 festival was the best in its history.

“It was wonderful," he said. "We had a full house on Friday night and the large attendance kept up all weekend.”

The Friday night start was due to the large number of nominations, 290 from 60 musicians.

“We couldn’t accept all the entries,” Mr Pierce said.

For the first time, Rainbow FM had a broadcast van at the festival taking the show live from the stage for 12 hours.

They broadcast live coverage from the judge’s concert late yesterday which was held before the presentation of trophies.



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