A little bit of country at the Buy a Bale charity
COUNTRY music golden girl Sara Storer is this year's ambassador for the Gympie Music Muster's Buy a Bale Charity helping drought affected farmers.
The announcement follows Storer's impressive comeback at the Golden Guitar awards earlier this year, winning three awards including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, after a six-year hiatus to have a family and write and record her hit album, Lovegrass.
Now in its 33rd year, the Gympie Music Muster will be held from Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park.
Buy a Bale couldn't have picked a better ambassador than Storer who, having grown up in the Mallee region in rural Victoria - the same hometown as collaborator John Williamson - knows all too well the trials and tribulations of living on the land.
Her experience with the hardships of drought has inspired a number of songs, including the 2004 award-winning collaboration with Williamson, Raining on the Plains, and her most recent single, Come on Rain.
The Buy a Bale campaign is the recipient of this year's Farmer's Aid Appeal, a concept integrated into the Music Muster in 1993 to support farmers during the worst drought in Queensland's history.
That year also saw the launch of the first-ever Muster compilation CD, proceeds of which were donated to farmers in need.
The tradition has carried on for 21 years with a whole generation of artists giving generously to the community and those less fortunate.
Since January, Buy a Bale has distributed 80,000 high quality hay bales across Queensland and New South Wales, providing stock feed to about 700 farmers, benefiting both the recipients and the farmers who sell their hay to the charity.
Buy a Bale campaign co-ordinator Charles Alder said the Gympie Music Muster's contributions would be an incredible help for farmers facing tough times.
"We are so grateful for the support that the Muster gives Buy a Bale, both financially and in bringing awareness to the plight of farmers, and we will continue to support them in the great work they do," he said.