The Basin Music Festival variety music to their ears

Ready to rock: The Basin Music Festival committee members Anthony Osborne, John Mortimore and Ray Smith (aka Rusty Strings), are looking forward to the event this weekend. Picture: Lucy Di PaoloTHE Basin will come alive with the sound of music this weekend as the “musos’ festival” hits town.
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Festival president John Mortimer said more than 200 musicians would gather for the eighth annual The Basin Music Festival.

The fun begins on Friday evening with a swing dance at The Basin Progress Hall and concludes on the Sunday with a family fun day.

Cr Mortimore said while there would be music for everyone at the festival, there would also be woodworkers, stalls, displays, food and entertainment for the whole family on the final day.

Festival program director Ray Smith – known as eclectic country-jazz-folk singer Rusty Strings – has performed every year and believes it is the “best and friendliest festival in the world”.

“It’s also really affordable, so everyone can attend something. It’s a festival for musos by musos.”

Strings said The Basin Music Festival played a key part in raising the profile of local musicians. “It showcases how many talented acts we’ve got on our doorstep right across the hills.”

He will be performing at the Thai Square restaurant and promises the audience a “mixed bag of lollies” from his tongue-in-cheek repertoire at the show.

Performances throughout the weekend will take place at a variety of venues around The Basin, with free shows at the parks and paid gigs at cafes and restaurants.

Cr Mortimore said the event brought life to The Basin community. “It allows them to have a sense of identity and it brings the locals to the village, instead of driving elsewhere.”

It also brought out the generosity in people, with about the same number of volunteers as musicians.

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