Laura Downing on stage at the Bony Mountain Folk Festival.
Laura Downing on stage at the Bony Mountain Folk Festival. Gerard Walsh

National champions from Celtic festival at Bony Mountain

THERE was a lot of interest in the blacksmith shop at the annual Bony Mountain Folk Festival which went from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon.

Des Bosworth from the New England Highway at Spring Creek used his skills as a blacksmith in his shop at the festival and said a horseshoe with flower and leaf was his most popular item at $45.

Organiser Norma O'Hara Murphy said the festival was an amazing weekend.

"We had 1200 to 1500 people at the festival,” she said.

There are annual visitors from as far as Western Australia and South Australia who include Bony Mountain as part of their annual trip to music and folk festivals.

"I thank the 15 to 20 wonderful volunteers who step up each year,” she said.

"People keep coming year after year so we must be doing something right.”

Ms O'Hara Murphy will be seeking sponsorship and putting some of the proceeds of this year's festival to upgrade facilities and tracks at the festival site.

"This year, a family group String Loaded won the Australian Celtic Artists of the Year at Glen Innes and they played at Bony Mountain at the weekend,” she said.

"Numbers were down a little this year, that seems to be the case with most festivals when people are worried about fires and dust,” she said.

There were plenty of no fires signs around the complex.

John and Sue Griffin from the Sunshine Coast were at Bony Mountain for the first time.

"We are not too far away and plan to come again,” Mr Griffin said.