The Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering will take place in April | Herald of Naracoorte

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The first Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering will be held this month over three days in a family atmosphere.

The festival will take place at McCorquindale Park, Cameron St, Penola from Friday March 12 to Sunday March 14.

There will be 20 acts of acoustic music, with an emphasis on originality.

The main actor is Pete Denahy, a well-known songwriter and incredible musician.

A description of all performers and the program is on the website.

The weekend will have concerts, open microphones, workshops and a poetry competition.

On-site camping without electricity will be available with weekend passes starting Tuesday March 9.

On Friday morning, a school program for primary school students from all over Penola, including children from Naracoorte, will have the chance to spend the day learning about different aspects of the performing arts.

Among the activities there will be dance sessions, ukulele lessons, songwriting and art from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

These sessions were sponsored by the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

At the same time, there will also be a youth mentoring program aimed at people aged 14 to 25, where they can talk to experienced professional musicians abroad about the possibilities of music career choices.

It will include master classes, learning to perform in front of an audience. This is a self-selection process, just go to the website and fill out the form, it is free and sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

Friday night there will be a Welcome to Gathering BBQ, a two-stage concert followed by the famous Andrew Claremont Supper Club.

On Saturday morning there will be seven workshops including a drum, vocals, didgeridoo, songwriting workshops and a ukulele jam – beginners are welcome.

In the afternoon, there will be two concerts starting at 1 p.m.

The main stage is at the stadium and the other at Rymill Hall.

The football club rooms will hold open mic sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

That evening, there will be two more concerts, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday morning will bring gospel singing, involving the Reverend and Mrs. Rowdy and their whiskey fellowship.

In the afternoon, there will be another concert before the Jam Feature Performers in the evening.

Sunday markets will take place during the day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to have a stand on the market can register on the site.

Organizer Anne Miller explained how the festival will have a family and uplifting atmosphere.

“Music has an infectious effect of raising the morale of all who participate or listen.”


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