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Mon. May 27th, 2024

Big music is coming to some of the smallest communities in the New England with a travelling festival headed to Hernani, Nullamanna and Deepwater.

Small community halls are of great historical and cultural importance to their local communities, representing a space to meet and engage as a community through generations of local families. The ‘Festival of Small Halls’ tour aims to bring world-class performers to the stage, while the community provides the spirit and vibrancy for a great night of entertainment. Each community is encouraged to host their event in a way which reflects their unique identity and warmest hospitality, allowing each community to have its own unique experience.

Renowned contemporary folk and acoustic artists travel the back roads of Australia to invigorate small community halls and communities. The 2023 ‘Resilience Tour’ of Northern NSW begins in Murwillumbah on May 18th and will perform at three New England small halls.

Hernani Hall will host the Tour on Wednesday May 31st. The evening will open with local act Digby & Co, followed by the feature acts. Hot soup and slow-cooked meats served with fresh bread rolls will be available at the Hall to help keep the winter chills away. Tickets are available online or from Tyringham Store – Adults $20, Children (Under 12, accompanied by an Adult) FREE. Doors open 5.30pm, show starts at 6.30pm.

The Tour will continue with a performance at the Nullamanna Public Hall on Thursday June 1st. This is a BYO alcohol event, catered by the Nullamanna Public Hall Committee. Hot food and a BBQ will be available from around 5.30pm. Tickets are available online or email: nullamannareserve@gmail.com to request a call back – Adults $25, Concession $20, Children (5 – 10years) $15, Under 5 FREE. Doors
open 6.00pm, show starts at 6.30pm.

Friday June 2nd will see the Tour roll into the Deepwater School of Arts Hall. The Deepwater community is making this an extra special evening with a three-course meal (BYO) included in the ticket price of $25 (Full Admission). Tickets can be purchased online. Doors open 6.30pm, show starts at 7.00pm.

The artists chosen for the ‘Festival of Small Halls’ tour each year include at least one Australian and one international act. These artists are outstanding performers who are able to connect with their audience through storytelling, larrikinism and genuine interest in visiting the people and places on the road less travelled. The artists for 2023 include one of Australia’s most dynamic Roots music duo’s Hat Fitz & Cara as well as English folk artist Lucy Farrell.

UK-based Lucy Farrell is an award-winning and well-renowned composer, vocalist and musician who prides herself on being an unconventional contemporary folk artist.

“I am so happy and excited to have the opportunity to explore a little bit of Australia and share my songs with you all,” Lucy said.

Home-grown husband and wife duo of Hat Fitz & Cara have a high-energy style is which well respected
in the Roots & Blues community, and they are no strangers to the ‘Festival of Small Halls’ experience.

“We are rapt, chuffed and tickled to be welcomed back into your communities and to share our new
songs and stories beneath the roofs of your beautiful small halls,” they said.

All events are community-focused and family-friendly. For more information and ticket sales:
https://festivalofsmallhalls.com/current-tours/resilience-tour-2023/

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