Freestone Hall
Freestone Hall

Night of nostalgia to return hub to heyday

THE Festival of Small Halls is bringing its nostalgic show to Freestone Community Hall.

Brought to town by the producers of Woodford Folk Festival, the gig on November 27 promises to take attendees down memory lane to the days when community halls were a hub of the local community.

Secretary of Freestone Community Hall Cathy Goddard organised the event.

“The purpose of this event is to celebrate the small hall as the hub of the local community with the aim of celebrating its heyday, when people went to halls to meet, listen to music and dance,” she said.

There will be a mix of national, local and international acts for only $15 a ticket thanks to council subsidies.

“We have to thank the Southern Downs Regional Council for their support of the event, which has enabled us to keep prices so low,” she said.

In recognition of current hard times, the Freestone Community hall wanted to bring a new cultural event to the area.

“We wanted to bring something different to the area and especially at this time when people are struggling a bit, music and cultural activities can really help people forget and enjoy themselves for a night,” Ms Goddard said.

Local duo the Fern Brothers will be opening, giving them an opportunity to showcase their folk sound to a wider audience.

Hatfitz and Cara will be the national act, followed by international artist Blair Dunlop.

“Hatfitz and Cara will be the one to get people on their feet while the other two are nice, easy listening which will appeal to a wide range of people,” Ms Goddard said.

They are keeping the event small at 150 people, with half of the tickets already gone.

There will be food and drink available for purchase and the local hall will be adorned in decorations courtesy of Woodfordia.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get together and experience something they’ve never seen before,” Ms Goddard said.

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