International music acts to return country hall to heyday
FREESTONE Hall is heading back to its glorious heyday with an internationally-acclaimed folk and acoustic music festival taking to the boards in November.
The Festival of Small Halls, produced by Woodfordia, seeks to celebrate the traditional heart of small country towns by bringing national and international acts to historical halls across the country.
Freestone Hall secretary Cathy Goddard said she was excited the national tour had chosen her home of just 217 people this year.
"I went to the event at Felton last year and it was just buzzing with energy,” Mrs Goddard said.
"The team are really keen to bring quality music to rural towns and provide a night that's nostalgic of a time when halls were the hub of a community.”
The 119-year-old hall is one of just three options for public get-togethers in the Freestone valley and Mrs Goddard says it's an essential part of bringing residents of the region together.
"We offer various different things, from workshops to concerts to celebrations,” she said.
"People here know their neighbours but not necessarily people from other parts of the valley.
"It gives a sense of connection and vibrancy to the area.”
But as much as the community hall members do their best, Mrs Goddard said it would be impossible for them to produce a music festival such as this.
"Woodford Festival organisers have connections to international and national artists and so they'll bring a very different, professional standard to the music we'd be able to access,” she said.
"I'm excited because I know it's such a great night and the way the team presents it is really professional.”
The family-friendly night will offer food, drinks, and discounted tickets courtesy of a community grant from the Southern Downs Regional Council.
The tour rolls in on Wednesday, November 27 with a 5.30pm start.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit festivalofsmallhalls.com