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Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival
17-21 October, 2018

A good selection of top Country Music acts has been booked for the Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival on October 20th 2018.

Country Music is part of the 5 day festival which will run from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st October
And this year will feature the return of some of the favourite artists from previous festivals plus a couple of faces new to the Ariah Park stage.

As a prelude to a great day's entertainment the crowd will be entertained on Friday evening by popular local group, lockstockbingle", a three piece band covering a wide range of musical styles and with an extensive repertoire.
Whether it's country hits or rock & roll from the 50's to today they love to play music that will bring back memories for patrons and and gets them up to dance.

At 8 oclock Saturday morning the early birds will be entertained by Forbes district bush poet, John Sears.
It is John's first visit to the Ariah Park festival and he comes highly recommended so sit back, buy a bacon & egg roll from the men's shed barbecue and enjoy a fun - filled couple of hours.

A great favourite in Ariah Park, Dale Duncan, will be returning for the third time. Dale's sincerity and passion for his music and his country guarantee his place as one of the premier entertainers in the Australian music Industry.
Dale has won many awards for his music and last year had the honour of being voted the National People's Choice winner of Male Vocalist of the Year.
His new album, "What Country's All About" is fast equalling the popularity of "Back to the Bush".-

Returning for the second time, Tom & Patsy Routledge are a husband and wife professional act who love entertaining and seeing people enjoying themselves.
They each had successful solo music careers before joining together as a duo in 2010.
Since then their toe - tapping style of music has made them very popular wherever they perform. Their performance consists of songs from the likes of Dolly Parton, Porter Wagner, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, George Jones etc.

Another welcome returnee is Charmaine Pout who this year is filling the dual roles of compere and entertainer.
Charmaine is a veteran of the country music industry who has won many awards during her career and is a regular at many of the festivals including Bungendore and Boondooma.

Multi award winning yodeller, comedienne and country music entertainer,Laura Downing, is always a firm favourite with the fans.
Laura writes her own songs, sings bush ballads, contempory country balladsand, of course, some of the many different styles and types of yodelling.
Her motto is to keep yodelling alive in country. With countless awards both nationally and internationally Laura takes great pride in being somewhat different to other female performers.
Not only can you expect to hear some of the older country favourites, you can also hear bush ballads and award winning yodelling all wrapped up with great comedy and good fun.

New to the Mary Gilmore stage, Gayle O'Neil, is no stranger to Ariah Park having made several very well received appearances at the local hotel.
Known as a vivacious, engaging entertainer Gayle is a popular entertainer who is building a large fan base as she and husband, David, continue to tour the eastern seaboard.
As her popularity grows she has met with increased success having won the 2018 ICMA "Most Popular Indie Australian Country Female Artist".

Ged & Trudy Hintz will be sure to be a welcome addition to this years program.
With several albums and an EP to their name and well earned success in numerous Bush Ballad and Songwriting Awards they have a huge following on the festival circuit and are popular performers in club and hotels across Australia.

A relative newcomer to the main stage, Darcy Gage, "The Singing Icecream Man" is guaranteed to delight listeners with his lively, upbeat style which soon has toes tapping and the more venturesome up dancing.




Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Festival Artist Line Up 2018

Wednesday 17th October
Ariah Park Showground

  • 6:30pm - Walk Up Artist Night & Sausage Sizzle - With Charmaine Pout

    Thursday 18th October
    Ariah Park Showground
  • 6:30pm - Walk Up Artist Night & Sausage Sizzle - With Charmaine Pout

    Friday 19th October
    Lock Stock & Bingle
  • 7-10pm Friday at Showground Pavilion - $5 entry or by wristband

    Saturday 20th October
    Ariah Park Showground
  • 8am - Poets Breakfast - with John Sears

  • Music festival 10:30am - 5.15pm - Entry $25
    Featuring:
  • Ged & Trudy Hintz
  • Dale Duncan
  • Charmaine Pout
  • Tom & Patsy Routledge
  • Darcy Gage - "The Singing Icecream Man"
  • Gayle O'Neil

  • 7pm - 9pm: Laura Downing

  • Art Show $2 entry at Hall Supper Room

    Sunday 21St October
    Sunday Markets - Ariah Park Main Street

    8.30am - 2pm
    Featuring:
  • "Tastes of Ariah Park"
  • Food Stalls
  • Craft stalls
  • Buskers
  • Carriage rides
  • Vintage cars
  • Kids entertainment
  • Country Gospel Service: 9.30am at The Peppers
  • 10am - 2pm - Art Show $2 entry at Hall Supper Room

  • 10am - 3pm - Teapot and Saw Display

    For more details go to www.ariahparkfestival.com
    or contact publicity officer, N. Judd on 0428 741 026