Renowned entertainer Chad Morgan warms up before his concert on Saturday afternoon.
Renowned entertainer Chad Morgan warms up before his concert on Saturday afternoon.

Stars take a country stroll

DRESSED in his trademark bright colours, Chad Morgan was an immediate standout as soon as he rolled into the Bony Mountain music festival.

The entertaining icon was among dozens of performers to entertain crowds at the inaugural festival, which was organised and hosted by country singer Norma O'Hara Murphy.

Mr Morgan, who has been performing for decades, said he was impressed with the festival.

"I think it was ... and will be in the future ... great - there's a really nice atmosphere and it's only the first, so it will get bigger and better," he said. "The surroundings are beautiful."

Morgan said he didn't like to plan his repertoire for each concert, but did have one requirement.

"When I do shows at night, I always insist on having the lights on so I can see the audience," he said.

"It's about interaction with the crowd. Some artists have them out with just a spotlight on them, but that's no good to me."

The seasoned performer was joined by Tracy Coster, Jeff Brown, Graeme Rodger, Mrs O'Hara-Murphy and the Golden Oldies - entertaining the crowd, which reached more than 250 people on Saturday evening.

Mrs O'Hara-Murphy said it felt "surreal" to see the festival all come together so well.

"It's one thing to have a dream and a vision and something else for it to happen," she said.

"I've been overwhelmed from the local support from businesses and volunteers. A pastoral company helped improve the tracks, my neighbours have helped, Tracy Vellacott has been wonderful and so has my son Ben."

The country performer had put together music festivals and concerts but admitted it was a different ball game hosting it on her own property.



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