Festival Of Small Halls Autumn Tour in Dorrigo

Festival of Small Halls is coming to the JH Davis Memorial Pavilion at Dorrigo Showground with the music of Bobby Alu and This Way North on April 10th.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

This year our very own JH Davis Memorial Pavilion at the Dorrigo Showground has been selected as one of these small halls, which is set to come alive with the music of Bobby Alu (pictured above) and ‘This Way North’ on Saturday April 10th.

Festival of Small Halls is coming to the JH Davis Memorial Pavilion at Dorrigo Showground with the music of Bobby Alu and This Way North on April 10th.For over 70 years years the JH Davis Memorial Pavilion has been witness to prize plum puddings, jams, local produce and rural delights, to flowers and creative arts, fine embroidery and needlework. To exhibits from schoolchildren and community reflecting the changes of passing time.

When it rains at the Show, everyone heads for shelter there and many lasting friendships have been made. Markets, dances, balls and celebrations are held in the pavilion and for the last 19 years the pavilion has been the main concert hall for the annual Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Festival of Small Halls audiences can expect a beautiful night of original music, as well as a chance to catch up with their families and friends before the concert.

The Dorrigo Show Catering Committee will be providing a delicious menu for your enjoyment, you can book your meal when you purchase your ticket online and support your local volunteers. Dorrigo Youth Centre will also be serving chai and cake during the break.

Also welcoming as local support act singer songwriter Lottie.

J H Davis Memorial Hall stands on lands traditionally owned by the Gumbaynggirr people.

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Dorrigo on Saturday, 10 April 2021 with Bobby Alu and This Way North.

Bobby Alu

Move and be moved. Find your flow and go about each day with the rhythm of your own making. That’s the theme of Byron Bay singer, ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu.

Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Every now and then, one will pop up as a toetapping reminder to take it slow, enjoy the ride. It’s the curator of calm’s way – deliver island-time vibes with gentle optimism rather than forceful instruction, and encourage the type of reflection best achieved in a hammock. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.

Festival of Small Halls is coming to the JH Davis Memorial Pavilion at Dorrigo Showground with the music of Bobby Alu and This Way North on April 10th.

This Way North

This Way North

Taking out Best Outer Suburban Act 2018 at The Age Music Victoria Awards, Australian act This Way North are on a steady incline. It’s easy to forget they are just a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create explosive energy and expansive sound, that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage.

After spending years touring full time and living on the road, This Way North are currently taking their COVID forced grounding in the historic and arts centric tiny town of Yackandandandah in North Eastern Victoria.

Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets available online here

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