Festival of Small Halls is an exciting series of tours which take the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists from Australia's biggest music festivals and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over the country.
This summer, American folk raconteur Vance Gilbert and Australian singer-songwriter Liz Stringer are joining the 8th annual Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour, playing intimate concert events in 20 community halls across regional Queensland and New South Wales.
Festival of Small Halls is a unique opportunity for Aussie music-lovers to explore the small towns of our vast country and also enjoy high-quality live original music. Furthermore, as Festival producer Eleanor Rigden notes, the festival can also improve economic outlooks for small towns "This particular project goes even further and empowers communities to create their own space, giving them the skills to deliver similar projects independently."
The Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour will start in Wyreema, a tiny town in the Darling Downs region with a population of little more than 1,000 and will finish in Eudlo, a hinterland village on the Sunshine Coast. Both artists on this year's tour are seasoned performers looking forward to the intimacy of playing a regional tour.
Vance Gilbert has released twelve albums since bursting onto the New York singer/songwriter scene in the nineties. His work is an ongoing commitment to traditional folk storytelling, yet remains true to his jazz roots. He can count opening for soul legend Aretha Franklin among his many achievements.
Melbourne-based musician Liz Stringer is one of Australia's most respected songwriters and performers. She is fresh from a year-long tour of Australia, Canada and the United States, where she recorded her latest album in Portland, Oregon.
Tickets for the Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour are now on sale through festivalofsmallhalls.com and selected outlets. Prices start from $15. Limited tickets available at the door.
The Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2017 is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
For more information on the artists, concert dates and ticketing options, please visit festivalofsmallhalls.com