Come to the Festival of Small Halls

For the second year in a row, local Brooke Bignell has secured one of the best tours to stop into Rainbow Beach.

The Festival of Small Halls will be here on Wednesday December 12, and tickets are limited.

Brooke invites, “The Community Hall doors will be opening at 5.30pm, with the show starting at 6pm. Come down early for a bite to eat, before the show.”

There will be a BBQ dinner and cash bar. Limited tickets will be available at the door, so be sure to bring cash.

Brooke has secured opening act, Maleny regular, Rob Longstaff, who is back on home soil after a European tour.

Followed by Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise, chosen not only because of their beautiful musicianship, but because they connect with people through storytelling, their ability to tell a joke, as well as real interest in visiting places a little off the beaten track, like Rainbow Beach!

“We would love to invite the Small Halls tour here again next year (and I’m sure they’d appreciate their days off in paradise again), and we can only do that with your support,” encourages Brooke. “Children under 13 are free, and we’ll have the games table set up again. Adult tickets are $20.”

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Festival of Small Halls - Lucy Wise (Australia)

Lucy Wise (Australia)

Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.

Lucy grew up with a lot of musical instruments around the house, performing at Australian folk festivals with the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. Having toured two albums and and two EPs in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past eight years, Lucy has developed a great reputation for her songwriting, which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences with a strong focus on storytelling. She has played to packed venues at Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD).

Lucy’s third album, Winter Sun (2018) draws upon Lucy’s experiences touring and meeting people from all over, as well as her times spent at home, walking the streets and creek paths of Melbourne. In her solo show, she explores themes of love, joy and sadness, friendships and the relationships people form with their environment.

Festival of Small Halls - Old Man Luedecke (Canada)

Old Man Luedecke (Canada)

A two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke’s songs are melodic gems blending old-time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour; he’s a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!

From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, a banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he’d studied poetry.