Folk music from the soul worth the trip

ON TOUR: New York based folk singer Vance Gilbert will perform alongside Liz Stringer at the Cooranga North Town Hall tonight.
ON TOUR: New York based folk singer Vance Gilbert will perform alongside Liz Stringer at the Cooranga North Town Hall tonight.

COORANGA North Hall will be moving and grooving tonight as esteemed musicians hit the venue as part of a state-wide tour.

The Festival of Small Halls began in mid November, and takes in little towns across Queensland including Texas, Surat, Koah and Degilbo.

Cooranga North is the 10th stop on the tour, which culminates at the Woodford Folk Festival in the new year.

Hall committee member Karen O'Connor said it was an exciting time to be a part of the Cooranga North community.

"It's phenomenal, I can't believe that someone from America is going to be playing at the Cooranga North Hall,” Ms O'Connor said.

"Hopefully everyone will support the event because it should be unique.”

The American singer to whom Ms O'Connor alluded is Vance Gilbert, who burst on to the folk scene in the early 1990s after receiving rave reviews for his open mic sessions in Boston.

Australian Liz Stringer will also perform at the event.

"Having Vance Gilbert come from America is just mind blowing. It will be a unique night out to the usual nights out in Dalby,” Ms O'Connor said.

"It's folk contemporary music so it's easy listening.”

Ms O'Connor said the committee members were stoked when they found out the hall had been chosen as a destination for the Festival of Small Halls tour, and were now looking to capitalise on it.

"We applied for it to come to Cooranga North and we were selected, so it's fantastic,” she said.

"All the money will go back to the Cooranga North Hall for works to keep it running, so it's a very important fundraiser.

"It's our only event this year and from now on hopefully we'll do a couple each year. So come and support a really beautiful little hall.

"We don't have a fundraising target, just as much as we can would be great.

"The CWA ladies will have a cake stall and there'll be a few other stalls there.”

A variety of food will be available for purchase on the night and a bar will operate.

Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased at www.festivalofsmall-

They are also available at Pips' n' Cherries Bell, Neslon's Family Meats Jandowae or Active Physio Dalby.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for high school children and $5 for primary school children.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm tonight.

Topics:  cooranga north cooranga north hall dalby festival of small halls liz stringer vance gilbert woodford folk festival

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