MAKING MUSIC: Geoff Walden makes sure his base guitar is in tune for the Wood N Music Festival which gets under way tomorrow while (rear) Deirdre Wilson strums an early 1900’s mandolin loaned by Ruth and Noel McDonough of Gympie.
MAKING MUSIC: Geoff Walden makes sure his base guitar is in tune for the Wood N Music Festival which gets under way tomorrow while (rear) Deirdre Wilson strums an early 1900’s mandolin loaned by Ruth and Noel McDonough of Gympie. Greg Miller

Wood and music in harmony together at festival tomorrow

WHAT goes together better than wood and music?

That's exactly what Deirdre Wilson thought when she came up with the idea for the inaugural Wood N Music Festival.

The event starts tomorrow afternoon at the Australian Institute of Country Music building in Channon St.

The Gympie and District Woodworkers Club has been running an exhibition called Cedarama about this time for the past two years but Deirdre's idea to get the AICM involved stems from the idea of wooden musical instruments.

"Both wood and music were strong influences in Gympie's past," she said.

"We wanted to celebrate the past and influence the future."

Co-organiser, Dr Geoff Walden of the AICM agrees.

"We'd like to make Gympie into a creative industry hub," he said

The festival will highlight the talent of the Woodworkers from the club and spotlight the highly creative energy of local musicians and songwriters.

Judging of the National Scroll Saw competition will be a closed event tomorrow morning, but doors will open in the afternoon with some informative workshops and fascinating demonstrations planned. The fun continues all day Saturday from 10am, with the highlight, a concert on Saturday evening.

Then on Sunday, some more workshops, with a presentation at 12.30pm to the winners of the competitions, culminating with a jam session from 1.30pm.

Entry is a gold coin donation and there will be food available for purchase with several sausage sizzles, and suppers planned and a coffee shop on site.

One of the workshops does attract a $25 fee, but that cost covers all the materials required to construct your own musical instrument.

Deirdre is excited about the festival and keen to promote the positives of this region. She also wanted to thank the RADF committee for the funds to make the festival possible, and the Gympie Regional Council.

"I'm passionate about Gympie," she said.

"I believe that Gympie has gold in its DNA."

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