Musos go for gold at festival
THE number may not be increasing but the standard definitely is - that is the word from head judge Lefty Fahey at the annual Ultra Golden Country Music Festival at the Warwick Town Hall.
The festival attracted more than 200 nominations, including an entertainer from Bundaberg who went home early due to a forecast of wet weather north of Brisbane.
"We have many of the same entertainers but the standard is improving," Mr Fahey said.
Jim Pierce is festival co-ordinator for the Warwick-based Ultra Golden Country Music Association, which was putting on its 12th annual festival.
The competition was restricted to musicians 50 years and over, but many younger people were in the crowd.
"We are the only ultra golden festival in Australia," he said.
The ultra golden club won one of 15 Certificates of Excellence in Music after last year's festival.
There were 85 nominations for the Music in the Community Awards which had the theme Ageing and Creativity.
Redlands musician Patricia Sailor is a previous overall winner and said she loved everything about the festival.
"I have been coming for seven years," she said.
During the lunch break yesterday, Lynette Gordon-Smith played a 100-year-old saxophone to entertain the crowd.
Redlands club member Des Boughen was one happy musician as he left the Warwick Town Hall yesterday after winning instrumental for the first time.
"I have been second and third in the past and it has been a bit of a struggle to win," he said.
"It is fantastic I am the winner this time."
The overall winner was Clarrie Weller, from Gympie.