Local artist Daryl Craft with partner Heather McPhail got into the spirit of things.
Local artist Daryl Craft with partner Heather McPhail got into the spirit of things. Contributed

Musicians get toes tapping

FOLLOWING on from an extremely successful country music festival in February, the Ultra Golden Country Music Association had the feet tapping and the hands clapping at its first Country Showcase concert for 2014 in Allora on Sunday, March 23.

The featured artists were "Sidecar", the regular backing band for the Festival, and they were well supported with a quality range of local and area artists.

The loose theme for the day was Irish in honour of St Patrick's Day, as well as the UGCMA vice president who is Irish.

An audience in excess of 60 saw the afternoon kick off with local trio "Classic Kountry" who were followed by artists from Laidley, Warwick, Ipswich, Brisbane and Allora.

As a special treat local artist Daryl Craft really got into the spirit of things and turned up and performed in his kilt with all of the trappings.

To see someone who sings country (as well as Irish) music dressed up with kilt and sporran and having a guitar slung over his shoulder was surely a sight to behold - he was a hit.

The group Sidecar were from Country Roundup at Narangba and included Darren and Karoline Gunn on guitar and vocals, Mike Spence on drums and vocals and Geoff Cook on bass and vocals.

During the course of the afternoon the audience was thoroughly entertained by Sidecar as well as all the other artists.

In all a very successful Country Showcase was well received with all comments regarding the day being highly positive with the format and the music.

The next Showcase concert will be held in the Allora Community Hall on May 11.



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