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CESSNOCK FESTIVAL SURVEY 2007.
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: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
: HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE FESTIVAL?
: WHAT DID / DIDN’T YOU ENJOY ABOUT THE WEEKEND?
: WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE NEXT YEAR AT THE CESSNOCK FESTIVAL?
: HOW DO YOU RATE THE VENUE?
: WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO STAY ON FOR THE PORT STEPHENS FESTIVAL?
IF YES – WHY?
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Anna Rose Report
First ever Cessnock
Festival a huge success
Karl Broadie and Rhonda Astill. Photo: Anna Rose
Following a hugely successful weekend, the
inaugural O’Neills Tyres Cessnock City Country Music Festival is now
firmly established on the Australian country calendar. The event that was
the dream of Hunter Valley music enthusiast Rhonda Astill became a
sparkling reality over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-27, with
hundreds turning out to enjoy the quality music on offer. From Friday’s
official opening by the Cessnock mayor, Cr John Clarence, featuring the
award-winning Wolverines through to the first major concert that night –
it was quality all the way.
The delightful Victoria Baillie opened Friday night’s concert at the East
Cessnock Bowling Club to an audience of 300 happy punters, who stayed to
enjoy smoky-voiced troubadour Karl Broadie and dual 2007 Golden Guitar
winners, The McClymonts.
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photos of this concert
The McClymonts – Brooke, Mollie and Samantha. Photo: Anna Rose
They were back bright and early Saturday morning
for the free concerts, beginning at 10.30am with Hunter-based
singer-songwriter Rob Wilson backed by a fine band of musicians – Brad
Bergen (lead guitar), Peter Figures (drums), Simon Johnson (bass) and Chad
Plane on keyboards. Paxton entertainer Kellie Cain proved her worth on the
agenda, stepping up to the microphone, with her guitar and stompbox,
completing a six-song set, joined for her final two numbers by the band.
Father-daughter act Alby and Melody Pool were the next crowd-pleasers on
the program, then Melody was joined by fellow Camerata graduate Makaylie
Foodey, singing gorgeous harmonies. 2007 Toyota Star Maker Kirsty Lee
Akers was another fine example of Hunter-grown talent, proving that size
doesn’t matter one little bit when it comes to delivering the goods. 2006
Golden Saddle Award winner Amber Lawrence made lots of friends during her
action-packed performance and traditional bluegrass with Karen Lynne and
Acoustic Shock was a fitting finale to that day’s free entertainment
enjoyed by some 400 to 500 people. John Wilson set up in the bar to
entertain patrons from around 5.30 before that evening’s big show with The
Wolverines, which started at 8pm. Four hundred paying customers streamed
through the auditorium doors and didn’t stop rocking til the last note was
played by country’s favourite party band composed of Chris Doyle, Darcy
LeYear and John Clinton.
Sunday’s agenda of Lisa White, Makaylie Foodey, Sharnee Fenwick, Slim
Newton, Bruce McCumstie, Karen Lynne and Acoustic Shock and Camille Te
Nahu and Stuie French gave patrons a great dose of country. Event
organiser Rhonda Astill was absolutely delighted with the outcome of her
first festival, and said plans were already well underway for next year’s
event. “So many people there were talking about ‘next year’, I don’t think
there’s any way I will get out of putting another festival together,”
Rhonda said. “I’m just so thrilled with the support of the local business
houses, and in particular, our wonderful host venue, for their unstinting
support. They all had faith in the project and what it could do for
Cessnock and I believe that faith was well founded, with the results we
achieved this first time round.”
Marlene Hartog, from the East Cessnock Bowling Club, was also delighted
with the weekend of music, and is very keen to continue that association
in the years to come. “The club was buzzing with people all weekend and
they were a very happy crowd to have around,” Marlene said. “We would be
more than pleased to see them all back again next year – and they’re more
than welcome to bring plenty of their friends too.”
LOCAL FUND-RAISER SUPPORTS
NATION’S QUEST FOR CF CURE
Award-winning band The Wolverines will lend their support to the
official opening of the inaugural Cessnock Country Music Festival on
Friday at high noon. The Wolves, longtime supporters of Cystic Fibrosis
Australia, will be part of a fundraising launch for national CF day, where
the public is asked to purchase merchandise such as the Breathe Life
wristband, or 65 Roses Day ribbon.
There will be a fundraising sausage sizzle organised by LJ Hooker Cessnock
in Harold Sternbeck Park (opposite the LJ Hooker Cessnock office) from
noon to 3pm and all it will cost is a donation of $1. The day will be full
of fun for locals with the LJ Hooker Bear handing out balloons and there
will be face painting for the young ones. Locals will get a taste of
what’s to come for the weekend of music with The Wolverines performing
live. Cessnock mayor, Cr John Clarence, will officially launch the
festival during proceedings.
65 Roses Day raises national awareness of cystic fibrosis (CF), which
affects one child born every four days in Australia. “LJ Hooker has raised
over $1.7 million to date for CF research. The serious genetic condition
affects the ability to breathe and digest food, and seriously impairs life
expectancy; and as yet there is no cure,” real estate principal Todd
Fisher said. He explained that Cystic Fibrosis Australia adopted the ‘65
Roses Day’ name from a young boy’s inability to pronounce his sister’s
condition. “Ironically, he thought she had a gift of sixty-five roses.”
Visitors to Cessnock can call into the LJ Hooker office at 51 Vincent St
to buy your wrist band or lapel ribbon, and to buy Raising More Dough, a
funky celebrity cook book, and an eye-catching tote bag. If you’d like a
full rundown on what’s happening in Cessnock over the weekend, visit
www.tamworthragepage.com for the story and program.
25th -27th May
O’NEILLS TYRES - CESSNOCK CITY
COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cessnock City is proud to announce the birth of the latest addition
to its family of many great events and festivals. In the town of Mines,
Wines and people a dedicated group of Cessnock Business houses and Country
Music fans, including the Mayor John Clarence and well-known dedicated
country music fan Rhonda Astill, have put together the first exciting
line-up for what will now be an annual event on the Cessnock City
calendar. As always someone has to “foot the bill” and local businesses
who, without hesitation, have provided the financial support to make this
event happen are Cessnock City Council, East Cessnock Bowling Club,
O’Neills Tyres, Comfort Inn Cumberland, Commonwealth Bank Cessnock, Goanna
Print, LJ Hooker Cessnock, Reg Lindsay Rodeo Promotions, SSS BBQ Barns and
Secretary Manager of the East Cessnock Bowling Club, Marlene Hartog, has
committed great support for this initiative by providing the perfect venue
for the inaugural event. The festival will be held over three days Friday
25th May to Sunday 27th May and for this year will be held entirely in the
Auditorium of the East Cessnock Bowling Club. Each year the festival
committee will select a charity to support and this year it will be Cystic
Fibrosis NSW. It is planned for the festival to grow over the next few
years and for other venues in the City to join in the concept and help the
festival grow in strength every year.
The first line-up headlines 2007 Golden Guitar Winners The McClymonts
($15) on the Friday night 25th May and the ever popular Wolverines ($20)
on the Saturday night – tickets for these two great show are available
from the Club (02 4990 1444)
The FREE daytime entertainment will feature Karen Lynne and Acoustic Shock
and Camille TeNahu and Stuie French and 2006 Golden Saddle Award winner,
The festival has an emphasis on supporting local Country Music identities
and who more famous than the local and legendary Reg Lindsay. There will
be a special tribute to Reg and his music showcasing songs from the newly
released CD “The Secrets of Life”, a collection of Reg’s recordings -
available during the festival.
Other features on the list of FREE entertainment over the two days are
Bellbird resident Slim Newton, famous for his award winning song “Redback
on the Toilet Seat” and 2007 Starmaker Winner Kirsty Lee Akers. Other
local entertainers appearing are Bruce McCumstie, Alby Pool, Lisa White,
John Wilson and Rob Wilson.
All in all it makes a great lineup for the newest festival on the Country
Music Lovers Calendar – the committee is dedicated to ensuring the
longevity of the festival by “KEEPING IT COUNTRY”!
Enquiries Contact Rhonda Astill 02 4990 6861
Ticket Enquiries and Bookings East Cessnock Bowling Club 02 4990 1444
25th ..27th May 2007 -New Festival for
- Fri 25 to Sun 27th May
Special Guest Slim Newton With young
local talent........ Kirsty Lee Akers, Sharnee Fenwick, Makaylie Foodey and Melody Pool