Hallam Country Music Wrap Up and review by Streety of the Prairie Oysters

.....And some great pics!

The day started with people setting up their merchandising tables and punters filing in through the main door.

Around 11.30am it poured, and we thought..oh dear, not a great day for a country music round-up for the RCH appeal.

However the skies cleared and the people kept coming.

The entertainment started with Jan Dandridge, with an original set, spiced with some great covers.

Then followed by Shane, John,Phil, and Luke, being The Blackhill Ramblers with a great dance set, with the punters all dancing immediately.

Nia Robertson.and The Hannafords followed with some stirring classics and some great sing along tunes.

Adam Toms other half was expecting their baby any minute, and we were quite concerned regarding having him called away urgently. but another great set was produced by Adam and he was out and off the hospital for the good news...on time.

The day was compared to perfection, by Gary Turner and ran like clock work, as we expected with such a high calibre of acts and professionals assisting us on the day. The Hallam Hotel staff provided great meals all day, whilst the country music kept'a'comin'.

Phoenix were the band followin were next up for a "in your face" set of foot stomping tunes.Phoenix were the band following Adam, and they provided a great dance set of country classics for all the dancers and foot tappers.

Aaron Daniels Band were next up for a "in your face" set of foot stomping tunes.

Ruckus followed with Mick's brand of Australian Country meets Charlie Daniels and mixed in with some twisted lyrics, like the Devil's Pub.

Another great set from all these professionals, and the day was motoring along at pace.

Sometimes I wonder why these great Melbourne acts sounding so good, are finding it hard to find work locally.

The Prairie Oysters followed Ruckus, and, I must say Acky and the boys running the PA and Lights did a fantastic job all day.

We had a great time during our set, and the crowd were terrific.

Last off the rank was the Doug Bruce Band and big thanks to Rusty for the use of the bass rig for the day.

Another professional set performed with gusto by Doug and the boys.

By this time, we were absolutely knackered, as the day was full of meeting great people, making sure the stage was right with the gear changeovers, and Dave and Jamie were terrific all day.

Tony and Sharlene did the Hallam Hotel, Melbourne Country Music proud this day, with all the promotional material and organising the full day of entertainment. A big thank you to Tammie, and Claudia for looking after our merchandising and taking great pics.

All in all, the day was full of very diverse, professionally presented Country Music, and it was a pleasure working with all who performed, and assisted throughout the day. We certainly made many new friends and you couldn't meet a nicer bunch of people, all working for the same cause.

All believed the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal was something we all wanted to contribute to, and were wrapt about the final amount we were able to help raise.

Thank you to all who attended, and hopefully see you all next year??

Watch this space...................


The Oysters.:D:D:D:D

The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is Western Australia’s premier Country Music Festival. Five big days of music, fun and laughter. The 2011 event will see Troy Cassar-Daley, Felicity Urquhart and Peter Denahy taking the stage amongst other artists.

This event is particularly important to Western Australia as it is the biggest and most successful country music festival.

The festival attracts all ages, providing a friendly atmosphere of entertainment and a great weekend away.

With public support the event has grown from a one day festival to a five day refreshingly authentic country music extravaganza. This brings the grass roots of country music to Boyup Brook, where followers can experience a blend of national artists and original artists from Western Australia in a friendly, country setting. Then, winding down on the Sunday with a traditional Bush Poets' Breakfast and great music.


Boyup Brook Ute & Truck Muster

The Boyup Ute & Truck Muster is a local event run and organised by local volunteers. 2011 will be the 8th Annual Ute & Truck Muster, which is run in conjunction with the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. This year will be the 26th consecutive festival.

The party atmosphere starts during the week with concerts and events around the town with many local businesses getting involved. Friday night is the start of the main show with live music and dancing down at the Music Park.

Saturday morning the utes and trucks come to town! The streets of Boyup Brook are turned into an entertainment mall with buskers, bands, dancing, art, craft, market stalls, art awards and exhibitions, bush poets, children’s activities and entertainment.

The Muster entrants meet on Railway Parade at 9.00am to line up for the parade through town. They make their way through the streets to the cheers of the crowd and finish up at Music Park for more music, games and entertainment while the judges take a closer look at the vehicles. Presentations take place Saturday afternoon with prizes awarded in the different States. 2010 States were: Best Street Ute, Most Feral Ute, Best Chick Ute, Best B&S Ute, Bundy Lover’s Ute, Best Local Ute, Pre 1960, Pre 1985, Best Rural Ute and Best 4x4 Street and Best 4x4 Off Road- and for the trucks: Best Vintage Truck, Best Working Truck - Pre 1980, Best European, Best American and Best Customised and a People’s Choice Award.

Excellent prizes of both cash and merchandise make this muster a premier Western Australian event for both the classic and feral ute and truck devotees.

Come Saturday evening it will be time to kick up your heels and party country style!

One very affordable ticket can admit you to a world of music and family entertainment for an evening, a day or a whole weekend.