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Melodies dance beneath the trees
Summer Tunes is the initiative of the Toowoomba Regional Council to feature local artists of all ages, presenting free, live music in a variety of genres. It also promotes popular parks and community gatherings. Grab a hat, a picnic lunch and your dancing shoes.
The Triple Beat Band attracted a big audience at Picnic Point.
When the band isn't playing, the kookaburras fill in between sets. Picnic Point was packed out to hear the Triple Beat Band from Stanthorpe. Situated in the gazebo, this three piece dance band provided a full sound on drums, guitar and keyboard. Irish and dance hall music with dollops of 60s and 70s pop drew the dancers. Old time dances on the two dance floors included Carousel and Barkley Blues. Situated on Tourist Road; from 12-3pm.
Laurel Bank Park
Irish folk from four piece band Around the Corner featured classic Irish pieces, reels and jigs. Electric mandolin may be new to some, bodhran (Celtic drum), drums, guitars and piano accordion produced toe-tapping songs for a decent-sized audience. Plenty of space to sit under shading trees from 12-3pm; parking in Hill Street.
Around the Corner find the audience jigging along in Laurel Bank Park.
Presented by junior talents of the Garden City Country Music Club, the Queen's Park morning began with young soloists Kimmy and Jack. Kimmy accompanied her sweet bush ballads on acoustic guitar. She dedicated the song 'True Blue' to her grandfather in the audience. Jack possesses good power and pitch and played country rock. Best parking in Lindsay Street; 10am-12pm.
Kimmy of the Garden City Country Music Club.
Queensland State Rose Garden
Three piece group Kelly's Armour comprised of Steve, Pat and Declan, provided a laid back atmosphere. Two acoustic guitars with a didgeridoo providing bass for their own version of country folk, blues and gospel. By the trickling fountain in the breeze, it provided a chance to forget the worries of daily living. Best parking in Holberton Street or off road from Pottinger Street; 12-3pm.
For a list of future line-ups and the regional venues Oakey, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Goombungee and Pittsworth, see the Toowoomba Regional Council website.