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Beat a track to Bridgetown for great music to suit all ages
An eclectic line up of some of Australia's best musicians will entertain people of all ages at Bridgetown's 2019 Blackwood Rhapsody picnic concert on February 9.
Musicians as diverse as classical violinist Ashley Arbuckle to national indie rock band Caravana Sun will perform in the grounds of National Trust property Bridgedale on the banks of the picturesque Blackwood River.
The BYO picnic was held for the first time in 2018 as part of the celebration of the South West town's 150th anniversary but proved so popular organisers have decided to run it for a second year.
The 2018 Blackwood Rhapsody riverside picnic concert was so popular that it will be held again in 2019.
The line-up of musicians will feature strong links to Bridgetown's own and include singer-songwriter Tracey Barnett, musical duo Marisa and Mark, clarinettist Geoff Bourgault du Coudray and Friends, gospel choir The Jubilee Singers and Ashley Arbuckle and Friends.
Manjimup trio, Table 4 Two, featuring vocalist Helen Rose, saxophonist Jono Rose and drummer Russell Hogg, will be on stage with their easy listening jazz.
Renowned WA violin maestro Ashley Arbuckle will be on stage with harmonica player James Harwood and Bridgetown pianist David Bardsley.
Sydney based, four-piece band Caravana Sun, who will have just returned from an Australia wide springtime tour and before that a 22 date European Tour, will also perform.
Caravana Sun have played their high energy indie pop grooves to thousands and have released their single Come Back and their new EP, Silver Linings.
Tracey Barnett, winner of the WA Music Awards Best Regional Act, has also been performing her original blues and roots music to national festival audiences.
Tracey Barnett will perform her award-winning brand of blues and roots music.
Performing a mix of jazz, bossa, rock, blues and contemporary fusion, Mark and Marisa De Vattimo will combine sultry vocals and guitar to produce music to appeal to all.
They'll be joined for their upbeat performance by Warren Harvey on percussion and Tony Stanley on saxophone.
Many West Australians will be familiar with the name of renowned violinist Ashley Arbuckle, former WASO concertmaster and artistic director of the WA Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ashley, who also performed at the event last year, will be on stage with harmonica player James Harwood and Bridgetown pianist David Bardsley.
The charity picnic concert is held in the picturesque grounds of the National Trust's historic Bridgedale House.
Geoff Bourgault du Coudray will perform a variety of popular works on clarinet and will be joined by other talented instrumentalists. He is currently playing with the orchestra accompanying the WA Ballet Company's season of The Nutcracker in Perth.
The Jubilee Singers, who have been performing for 26 years, will present a range of songs from their repertoire under the direction of Linda Vowles and Rosie Wells.
Comedian and author Jon Doust will host the event.
Gates open on February 9 at 5pm for a 5.30pm start.
Tickets are $40 for 17 and over, $20 for young teens and free for under 12s.