Carols in the outdoors

Smithton Christmas Carols performers (from left) Karen Pyke, Jenny Poke, Annette Dawes, David Buchanan, Wayne Tuxworth, Elyse Poke and Leighton Poke with Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation general manager Tony Smart (fourth from right) are ready for the ‘bush carols’ to hit Trawmanna. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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Event. Dashing through Montagu in a rusty Holden ute, the Christmas Bush Carols are here – you beaut!

Beneath the setting sun and under the gum trees, this year’s Smithton Christmas Carols will be something a little different.

To be held on Sunday December 16 at Trawmanna on Mella Road, bring the family, roll out a picnic rug or bring your own camp chairs to share in the Christmas cheer.

Volunteer organisers are this year trialling a change of day and location to attract more people.

Supported by Circular Head Council, special guests will join the band on stage throughout the evening and there will be an appearance from the man in red himself.

In the band is David Buchanan on saxophone, Jenny Poke on keyboard, Sam Humphries on bass and tuba, Tania Brown on flute, Wayne Tuxworth on drums and Elyse Poke on guitar and vocals. Singers Annette Dawes, Leighton Poke, Karen Pyke, Dianne Ferguson and Lyn Nankervis will join them.

Forest Primary School’s Spice Kids and new local choir Voices of Circular Head will perform on the night.

Managed by Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Trawmanna has recently installed a stage where events such as the Where’s Your Head At? gig and Devil Country Muster festival have been held.

The area has plenty of space for the audience to stretch out on the lawn and a paddock’s worth of parking out the back.

The rising cost of hiring stages, equipment and toilet facilities has impacted the Smithton event in recent years while Trawmanna has amenities on site, keeping costs down.

A food and coffee van will also be parked for the night, to keep rumbling tummies at bay.

The surrounding bushland and still night air will add to the atmosphere of the evening, set to be a big night of music, dance and cheer.

The Smithton Christmas Carols will be held at Trawmanna on Mella Road on Sunday December 16 from 7.30pm until 9pm.

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