IN TUNE: More than 60 residents attended the Small Halls Festival in Roma at the weekend.
IN TUNE: More than 60 residents attended the Small Halls Festival in Roma at the weekend.

A blend of folk, soul and blues comes to Roma

BASSETT Park, known for its country racing, was transformed into a folk music theatre at weekend bringing in artists from all over the world.

On Saturday night, in conjunction with Rotary Club of Roma, the Festival of Small Halls Spring tour came to town with $2 from every ticket sale given to Rural Aid to assist with drought relief in regional Queensland.

More than 60 residents watched local folk talent Ash Bell and Sara Tindley, as well as international act Jellyman’s Daughter from Scotland perform a blend of bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul music.

The Small Halls Festival at Bassett Park, November, Roma 2019.
The Small Halls Festival at Bassett Park, November, Roma 2019.

Producer Eleanor Rigden said the tour was to experience the double whammy of brilliant music and country hospitality.

“These towns are some of the friendliest, most welcoming places I have ever been to, especially Roma,” Ms Ridgen said.

“We’re inviting people to come away with us, plan a road trip and really experience something different.”

Hailing from Edinburgh, The Jellyman’s Daughter are one of Scotland’s most innovative new exports and have enjoyed the unique exposure of the tour.

Band member Graham Coe said it was great to experience the outback.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our first tour of Australia,” Mr Coe said.

“It is both of our first times over here and we’ve loved playing our music to a bunch of friendly Australian faces on the other side of the world, meeting some dangerous animals and finally getting to experience some real hot weather.

“We’ve also loved getting out of the cities and seeing the diversity in the communities – touring is really the best way to properly experience a country and we’re super grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to do that in Australia.”


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