Muster a must

Devil Country Muster organiser Eric Marshall (right) with artists Peter Denahy and Amber Joy Poulton at this year’s event.

Entertainment. If this year’s show is anything to go by, the third Devil Country Muster is set to draw a crowd of more than 1000 music lovers to Smithton.

Country music fans can delight in knowing the event has expanded and will now run over two days in the new year: Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21.

While regulars to the event will remember watching live music under the stars, the 2015 event will see the night show move indoors where artists will entertain until 11pm.

On the Friday night, Trawmanna on Mella Road will be open to visitors from 6pm, with Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation putting on a barbecue. A low-key walk-up muster will be the night’s entertainment, providing anyone wanting a go behind the microphone the chance to take centre stage as mainland artists mingle with the crowd.

Trawmanna will be open to caravans and motorhomes from the start of the week, allowing intra and interstate visitors a spot to park.

The following day, the crowd will be drawn to the town’s centre, with live music at Smithton Recreation Ground from 10.25am.

As some festival-goers find a spot on their rugs and chairs for the day, others will no doubt pop on their dancing shoes and dance the hours away to the sounds of John O’Dae, Amber Joy Poulton and Stuie and Camille French, to name a few.

New acts to join this year include Jean Stafford and daughter Sherry Rand.

The winner of the 2015 North West Tasmanian Country Music Legend Award will also be revealed.

Organiser Eric Marshall said the festival, supported by Rotary Club of Smithton, is only getting bigger as the years go on.

“It’s a good family show and it’s great for the district. It just brings a lot of people to the area,” he said, encouraging locals to support the event and consider a ticket as a Christmas gift idea.

Organisers are asking for a gold coin donation for Friday night’s entertainment, while Saturday day tickets are $25, and day and night tickets are $35.

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What: Devil Country Muster music festival
When: Friday February 20 (6pm to late) and Saturday February 21 (10.25-11pm)
Where: Smithton Recreation Ground

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