MUSICAL TREAT: Canada’s Rose Cousins entertains the crowd with her wit and beautiful voice.
MUSICAL TREAT: Canada’s Rose Cousins entertains the crowd with her wit and beautiful voice. Tom Gillespie

Small hall haul for St George

ST George has been one of the many small towns treated to the Festival of Small Halls, which featured at the Amphitheatre on Saturday night.

The festival, an initiative from the Woodford Folk Festival and first starting in Canada last year, makes its way through towns such as Mitchell, Cunnamulla, St George, Chinchilla and Charleville.

The talent for the tour included Australia's Jordie Lane, who entertained the 100-strong crowd with songs from his releases Not Built to Last and Sleeping Patterns.

Canadian folk musician Rose Cousins followed Jordie, showing the audience why she is a multi-award winning star.

For Jordie, who is the son of comedian and Winners and Losers star Denise Scott, the opportunity to perform in the Australian version was something he couldn't pass up.

"I was approached by Chloe Goodyear, who has worked with Woodford for many years, and I knew her personally from her attending all these Canadian folk conferences," he said.

"I think it's been amazingly successful.

"In a lot of the shows, Rose or I might shout out 'How many people from town are here tonight?' and they'd yell back 'we're all here!'"

For full story, see the Balonne Beacon on Thursday, page 7.



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