11 - 15 October 2017

The Mary Gilmore Festival is Ideally timed and situated to enable country music lovers to travel the circuit of Parkes, Bedgerebong, Ariah Park, Leeton, Cowra, and Temora.

A good selection of top Country Music acts has been booked for the 2017 Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Country Music Festival on Saturday, 14th October 2017. The Country Music is part of the 5 day festival which will run from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th October and this year will feature the return of some of the favourite artists from previous festivals plus a couple of new faces to the Ariah Park stage.

The ever popular BRIAN LETTON will be sure to receive a warm welcome on his return to Ariah Park for the third time.
Brian is a perennial favourite with country music lovers and his sincerity and passion for his music and his country guarantee his place as one of the premier entertainers in the Australian music industry.

Hailing from Tasmania, TERRY SIMPSON cemented his popularity with festival patrons on his last visit in 2014. He sings songs from popular musicians including Hank Williams, Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Slim Dusty as well as many of his own compositions. Terry caters well for his listeners, bringing them the kind of music they want to hear.

It's been 10 years since "funny man" RODNEY VINCENT last took part in the Mary Gilmore Festival. In that time his reputation as a genuine, all round entertainer has continued to swell as demonstrated by his huge following. A versatile artist, the world of comedy has added another string to his bow and his performances are always rollicking and fun filled.

New to the Ariah Park stage is Australia's Yodelling Queen, JOHANNA HEMARA. Johanna loves entertaining at music festivals and has earned a reputation as one of the finest and most versatile vocalists in the business. In Australian Country Music circles Johanna Hemara is really making her mark as an independent performer of note and, blessed with an amazing vocal range and a girl next door charm, Johanna impresses every time she walks onto the stage.

EMMA JENE is another Mary Gilmore Festival first timer. She has an amazing presence on stage with the ability to engage with her audience. Emma Jene is an experienced singer and has worked with some of Australia's top country artists. Her outstanding ability saw her placed 3rd in the open section of the World Championships of Performing Arts in America when competing against 56 other countries. Emma Jene promises to be a young star with a bright future.

For several years now DARCY GAGE, "The Singing Ice-cream Man" has been a gifted and popular participant in the walk-up component of the Mary Gilmore Festival and this year sees him make his first appearance on the main stage. With his lively, upbeat style Darcy is always well received and soon has his audience up dancing or toe-tapping to his music.

Bush Poets and yarn spinners, Melanie Hall and Susan Carcary are multi-award winning entertainers. These two pocket rockets will blast you with laughs, yarns, poetry and song. Melanie comes from a long line of western Queensland storytellers. She proudly continues her family tradition as she travels Oz as a full time professional performer. Susie has travelled the road for the last 8 years, "living the dream". She began reciting at the Camooweal Drovers Festival in 2006. She's an all round bull artist who took out Yarn Spinner of the Year at the National Folk Festival and has won a swag of bush poetry prizes. They travel in a bright blue and orange ex library bus from Japan they have named Konichiwow - "it's brilliant for festivals and it's also great for plain old camping". Mel and Susie are a great combo and bounce off each other superbly in their heart warming show.

The Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival will run from the 11th -15th October, and is part of the Southern NSW Country Music Circuit with music lovers travelling from Bedgerabong to Ariah Park, Rosewood, Leeton and Temora Country Music Festivals.

The Ariah Park Festival will start with two nights of Walk Ups and Sausage Sizzles on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 11th and 12th. Local historian, Bill Speirs, will conduct history walks around Ariah Park on Thursday and Friday.

On Friday 13th October, there will be Barefoot Bowls at the Bowling Club at 2.00p.m. while David Hudson will be in concert at the Ariah Park Hall at 7.30p.m.

The Poets Breakfast will be held on Saturday morning, 14th October at 8.00a.m. with comperes, Mel and Susie, at the Showground. The main Country Music Festival will start at 10.30a.m. and run to 6.00p.m., with an evening show at 7.00p.m.

Sunday, 15th, will feature the Sunday Markets underneath the Peppercorns and will include a variety of food stalls, craft stalls, farmers markets, trash and treasure, buskers, kids entertainment, carriage rides, vintage cars and the Rotary train.

There will be a Country Gospel Service at 9.30a.m. in the grounds of "The Peppers" featuring Brian and Matt Letton.

The Annual Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Patchwork and Quilt Show will be held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, in the Supper Room at the Ariah Park Hall.

Kevin and Siggy Colwill will again open their home and show off their extensive collections of Teapots and Wood Saws on both Friday and Sunday.

Unfortunately, the planned Open Country Garden on Sunday has had to be cancelled.

For further details, contact the Publicity Officer, N. Judd on 0428 741 026, or go to the website