Concert for a cause: Country music star Norma O’Hara Murphy.
Concert for a cause: Country music star Norma O’Hara Murphy.

Golden guitar winner sets scene

SHE has reached the dizzy heights of Australian country music stardom, but tomorrow Norma O’Hara Murphy will just be a storyteller doing what she does best in a little timber hall west of Allora.

The five-time Golden Guitar winner, who has also won Tamworth’s Songmaker of the Year award, has earned her place on the international stage.

But her heart remains firmly in the place her music inspiration started: the bush.

So tomorrow she’ll take her guitar and donate her time to the annual St Patrick’s Day fundraiser concert organised by the Victoria Hill branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association.

“It’s always been important to me to do what I can to support worthy organisations in my community,” Ms O’Hara Murphy said.

Out at Victoria Hill hall the 15-strong branch of the QCWA admitted being rather impressed by the performer’swillingness to support their major annual fundraiser.

Victoria Hill QCWA secretary Peggy Rowlands said the country music star was expected to prove a major drawcard at a concert which has traditionally drawn a 100-strong audience.

“We are thrilled Norma’s agreed to come and I am sure she’ll prove very popular,” Mrs Rowlands said.

“We’re expecting a good response; people’s spirits have really lifted with the recent rain.”

Funds raised during the celebrations will go to worthy causes like Youngcare.

Mrs Rowlands said the concert starts at 1.30pm and the $7 entry fee will buy you entertainment as well as a “very generous QCWA-style afternoon tea”.



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