Gympie Stampede on again

Rod Williams, Australia’s “country music gentleman”, will be at the Gympie Stampede.
Rod Williams, Australia’s “country music gentleman”, will be at the Gympie Stampede. Renee Pilcher

THEY all love and appreciate Australia and they are all passionate about traditional Australian country music, ballads and bush poetry.

There might have been “movement at the station, for the word had passed around”, but at the Gympie showgrounds there’s traditional country music because the word has passed around.

Word of mouth has been spreading the good news that the Gympie Stampede is on again this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Stampede president Thelma Beauchamp said travellers had started to set up camp and numbers were on track for another successful event.

Organisers Baz and Joy Short said the program included a diverse range of performers, such as Reg Poole, Craig Giles, Laura Downing and some fabulous talent from the Gympie region.

The event kicks off at 3pm on Friday with walk-up artists performing in the showground arena and later in The Pavilion.

Friday evening will see Ken Sneddon, Ray Mackey, Wendy Coppo, the Gympie Stampede Country Singers, The Black Hats, and Lefty Faye and Crew.

This is the first time to the Stampede for Wendy Coppo.

The mother of five first showed off her voice as a five-year-old, singing the national anthem for family and friends. After being named a finalist in the Star Maker competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Coppo drew on the inspiration of her family and put together an album of country, folk and bush ballads, with a little bit of rock.

On Saturday, traditional country music artists perform all morning, with a Poet’s Lunch at noon, then more country music until 9.30pm. You’ll hear Anita Ree, Reg Poole, champion yodeller and all round entertainer Laura Downing, and lots more.

Sunday will feature an hour of uplifting Gospel music from 9.30am, followed by more country music performers and a finale at 9pm.

Baz said there were still campsites available but people should book for the weekend.

Tickets are $45 for the whole weekend (including Friday) or $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday.

Phone Baz on 0414 873178.

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