Golden oldies to put on a top show
HUNDREDS of golden oldie music talents arrived in town yesterday and rookie Elizabeth Drake was keen to grace the stage for her first country music appearance.
The annual Ultra Golden Country Music Festival, which began last night, brings country music fanatics from across Australia to be a part of the over-50 competition.
Treasurer Mrs Drake was nervous yesterday as she prepared for her first debut on stage for the novice section after a long history in ballroom dancing.
“I have never sung anywhere before. Ballroom dancing was my first passion, I’ve got to start changing now,” she said.
Secretary and performer Carolyn Pierce said it going to be a great event as they were inundated with entries and had to turn people away.
“There are so many over 50s around the place who still love to sing and want to perform. We have people coming from all over the place and from quite a distance,” Mrs Pierce said.
The festival was the project and dream of a great country music fan the late Divina Howearth who created the event nine years ago and was involved with the festival for the first few years.
All sorts of country music will be performed over the festival with bush ballads, country rock, gospel, comedy, bush poetry and many more for country music fans out there to enjoy.
There will be 290 tunes played by about 65 competitors and the winners at the festival are able to compete at the next level at Champion of Champions in Brisbane.
While Mrs Pierce isn’t busy putting together the show or supporting performers on the base guitar she will be a part of the duet section, female vocal and gospel.
She just released her first CD called City Lights at Right Track Studios in Yangan, which will be on sale during the event for $15.
Major sponsor Rainbow FM will be broadcasting from their broadcast van on Sunday at the town hall from 6am until the end of the festival.
There will be live crosses throughout the day along with all the normal programs for a full day of great country music.
Today from 8am until late and tomorrow from 8am to 4pm.
Warwick Town Hall, Palmerin Street.
Today and tomorrow adults are $6, children and pensioners are $3 and a family is $15.