Music in the street on Saturday
The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival will be running for its 34th year from Wednesday January 15th until Monday, January 27th.
While the main focus of events will continue to be on the New England Highway, a special event is being planned to draw some of the crowds across the railway line and into Guyra’s main street.
A special Drought Relief concert will run in Bradley Street on Saturday, January 18th, aiming to provide entertainment and a degree of relief for those affected by drought and fire. The concert, which will commence at 9.30 am and run until 1.30 pm, is funded by Armidale Regional Council and is looking to attract Festival-goers and other visitors into the main street to support local businesses which are suffering greatly under present conditions.
Music coordinator for the Lamb and Potato Festival Committee Ian Russell said that there will be a varied line up of quality acts performing and is encouraging everyone to get behind the event.
“The opening act will be a stirring performance by the Glen Innes Pipe Band and will be followed by Lily Rose, one of the most outstanding performers in our region,” Ian said. “The Armidale City Brass Band will then play from 10.30 am until 11.15 am and then the newly formed band ‘The Pinch’ will take to the stage to entertain the crowd.”
“I’m sure many people will remember the fabulous show by ‘Belly Dance Earth and Sky’ at last year’s Festival who will take to the stage at 12 noon, and their return performance is sure to delight,” he said. “The high-quality entertainment will continue with a rousing hour of 60s rock and roll from Vinnie and the Cuban Missiles to close the event.”
“We hope to see a big crowd in Bradley Street enjoying the entertainment, having a relaxed morning tea or lunch, and browsing through our local businesses,” Ian said. “We thank Armidale Regional Council for their invaluable support for this event, which we hope will be a tremendous day for the community.”