Mosey on over

Devil Country Muster organiser Eric Marshall, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s Di Baldock and ‘Tassie’ the event mascot are looking forward to the annual event set to be held at Trawmanna, Mella Road next week. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Music. In amongst the gum trees, a true blue event will take place next weekend.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Smithton, the Devil Country Muster is back and this year has a change of venue.

The annual music festival is set to be held at Trawmanna, Mella Road from Thursday February 15 to Sunday February 18.

Now in its sixth year, artists will perform in the recently completed outdoor theatre, a project of the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation.

“The acoustics are amazing,” says Eric Marshall, Devil Country Muster organiser.

“And the atmosphere with the bush surrounding us will be very nice.”

A project completed by Stronach Constructions as well as volunteers, CHAC chief executive officer Di Baldock said she hoped the sound shell would be utilised by the wider community into the future.

“From conversations at the Walk Up (Muster) in past years, Eric planted the idea in my head and I thought, well why can’t we see if we can do something?”

Crowds of up to 1000 have enjoyed the entertainment of past events. This year more than 1500 people are expected to be drawn to the muster to watch as the twilight sky glistens golden through the surrounding bush and listen as local and visiting artists share their magic.

All the action will kick off on Thursday from 6.30pm. With free entry, mosey on out to Trawmanna for the Talent Quest before watching finalists take to the stage the following night, from 6.30pm, for the Walk Up Muster.

Pack a guitar or harmonica to play alongside homegrown artists or bring a camp chair or picnic rug and pillows to enjoy an evening of entertainment for just $10 per person, or free for children under 16.

Headline act Beccy Cole will be joined by fellow artists Camille, Stuie and Sonny French, Amber Joy Poulton, Shane Nicholson, Dale Duncan, Gina Timms, Debbie Parry, Libby O’Donovan, Dave Prior, Chris and Viv Boys and plenty more for the main event on Saturday February 17.

The following day, recover from a big weekend with a country gospel feature from 11am to 1pm.

For a gold coin donation, enjoy the smooth rhythms of gospel artists before packing up to venture on home.

“Hopefully it will be a full week of entertainment eventually, that’s the longterm goal,” says Eric.

“That’s what it’s all about, the whole show was built for the community.”

Camping will be available on site for $5 per night, allowing patrons to wander over to the muster as they please. Food and beverages will be available at the venue.

The Rotary Club of Smithton’s Devil Country Muster will be held next weekend from Thursday February 15 to Sunday February 18 at Trawmanna, Mella Road. Tickets for the main event are available online or at Lizzy’s This ’N’ That in Smithton or Kate’s Country Sounds in Somerset for $40 each. Entry is free for children under 16.

For more information go to www.devilcountrymuster.com or ‘Like’ the Devil Country Muster page on Facebook.

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