Condobolin Public School variety concert

Condobolin Public School talent at their Variety Night.

By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin Public School (CPS) students put on a concert extravaganza last Wednesday evening with a wide range of different performances delighting a capacity crowd in the school’s assembly hall.

Items presented included singing performances, dances, plays, poetry recitals and a slide show which depicted everyday life in the classroom.

All students at CPS took part in the concert, with each class presenting their own unique performance.

CPS Deputy Principal, Judy Wilson, said the students loved the chance to perform in front of their parents and grandparents.

“The students preformed really well,” she said.

“They were all incredibly excited and showcased the talent of the school.

“We had a full house and ran out of tickets”.

Judy said both the students and teachers had put a huge amount of effort into the concert in the lead up to last Wednesday.

“The children have been rehearsing last term as well as this term and then they had two big practises followed by a Matinée before the evening performance on Wednesday.” She said.

“The students from St Joseph’s also came over during the day and they seemed very excited about the performance.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback from the audience saying they really enjoyed it and how proud the parents and grandparents are of the kids and what the school has done.”

McAlister Kemp at Condobolin RSL

McAlister Kemp will perform at Condobolin RSL Club.This year’s Golden Guitar winner for ‘Best New Talent’, McAlister Kemp, will be bringing their explosive country rock show to the Condobolin RSL on Friday August 12.

The band is currently riding high from the release of their debut album ‘All Kinds of Tough’, which reached number eight on the ARIA Country Sales Chart.

One half of the country rock duo, Drew McAlister, said he and Troy Kemp would be looking to blow the Condobolin crowd away with a high energy performance.

“I want people to bring their dancing shoes,” Drew said.

“We haven’t played in Condobolin before, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’ll be doing stuff off the most recent album as well as a few covers, so I think people will enjoy the show.”

Drew said he wanted to show the Condobolin audience that contemporary Australian country music is evolving and changing.

“The things that make our songs country is the stories behind them, though we maintain a contemporary sound as well,” he said.

“We’ve both got that country background and that never leaves you; I’m from Moree and Troy is from Kempsey.”

Drew said the duo usually took it easy before going on stage on the night of the performance.

“We don’t have any real ritual, we just drink a lot of water and put together the set list,” he said.

“We have a new bass player for this tour though, so that will be interesting.”

Further details of the band’s upcoming tour can be viewed on mcalisterkemp.com.

Get on your Ghillies at this year’s September 15th Tattoo

Ghilles are worn in Irish, Scottish Country and Highland dancing. Sourced from Wikipedia.Ghillies are specially designed shoes used for several types of dance. They are soft shoes, similar to ballet shoes. They are used by women in Irish dance, by men in Scottish country dance, and by men and women in Highland dance.

Ghillies are also sometimes known by a variety of other names that include: light shoes, pomps, pumps, and soft shoes.They are almost always black, although they often feature coloured stitching and eyelets. Highland ghillies, for Highland dances, generally need to be a bit larger than the foot, due to being worn with thick socks or hose; for National dances they should fit snugly as they are worn with thin socks or stockings.

A feature of this year’s Condobolin RSL Tattoo will be a performance by dancers (wearing ghillies of course) of the Joy Reiher School of Scottish Dancing, based in Canberra. Joy has taught dancers who have won and been placed Australian Championships plus Champion of Champions Championships in Australia. Joy, herself won the Australian Championships three times, the Eastern Australian Championships twice, Victorian Championship, South Australian Championship. Joy won the ACT Highland Dancing championship nine times and a number of Queensland Championships. She is also a ABHD Adjudicator

Highland dancing, is a form of athletic solo dancing which developed the Gaelic Highlands of Scotland. Highland dance evolved into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events (namely Highland games), where it is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music.

Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands. For example, it has been heavily influenced by the patrons and judges of dance competitions since the nineteenth century.

Highland dance should not be confused with Scottish country dance.

According to the NSW State Committee of Highland dancing Inc website, Highland Dancing in New South Wales was being performed during the 1800’s and possibly prior to that period as our first settlers had emigrated from the United Kingdom to form a British colony. Later, Highland dancing competitions were held and were generally organised by Scottish Societies or Pipe Band Associations. Highland Games continued to flourished within the State through the period between and during World Wars One and Two.

Research and photograph from From Wikipedia.

Purchase your tickets now from the Condobolin RSL 68952113 or The White Picket Store – 68952565.

Adults – $30 and children under 16 – $10.

Sport, sumo suits and STORMCO at family support

WPRD and STORMCO conducted a sports day to entertain Condobolin youth over the holidays.By Dominic Geiger

Sumo suits were all the rage at last week’s Condobolin Family Support Services youth sports day.

Throughout the day, children had the opportunity to battle it out against one another sumo-a-sumo, jump on a jumping castle, join in games of volleyball and league tag as well as play a number of less physically strenuous games such as duck duck goose.

Children were also treated to free morning tea snacks and a sausage sizzle.

A combined initiative of Western Plains Regional Development and STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters), the sports day was set up to provide entertainment for children over the school holidays.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said he thought the kids had really enjoyed themselves throughout the day.

“It’s just been a lot of fun,” he said.

“We’ve estimated there were about 100 children with their families who showed up.”

Jesse said far from being a one off event, STORMCO would be back next school holidays to maintain a positive relationship with Condobolin children.

“Basically we want to put our name out there and offer a positive influence for the kids,” he said.

“We want to offer the children something to look forward to on the holidays.

“We plan to build on what we’ve done today over the coming years.”

Sports day participant, Andrew Towney, said he’d had a great day.

“I’ve been having heaps of fun wearing sumo suits and tackling people,” he said.

“The jumping castle was good too.”

Trundle Bush Tucker day

The annual Trundle Bush Tucker Day is once again gearing up to impress taste buds and provide the best in Australian bush cuisine.

With an incredible five band line-up, celebrity guest judges and of course all the bush tucker you could hope for, the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

Secretary for Trundle Bush Tucker Day, Lynda Horkings, said there would be something for everyone at this year’s event.

“We’ve got Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens,” she said.

“We also have Shane Howard from Goanna playing with his band as well as Tori Darke, Set in Motion, Rock Bottom and Coastal Boot Scooters.

“The entertainment will be going all day, weather permitting.”

Lynda said all the usual competitions would also be on over the course of the event.

“We’ll be having the best designed hat competition, the bushman’s relay, billy boil sprint, national damper throw, yard dog trial and the tug-o-war,” she said.

“We’ll also be having a bush Master Chef which is similar to the television version though the participants will have to work with bush ingredients.

“There will be lots of stalls and the bush cooking competition with $1000 cash prize which has been sponsored by AgnVet.”

Trundle Bush Tucker Day will be on Saturday September 3 and is a no BYO, glass free festival.

Tickets are $70 for families, $30 for adults, $5 for 12 to 17 years and free for under 12s.

Camping is included in the ticket price.

2011 Condo Winter B&S

Party-goers dressed to the Heroes and Villains theme at the Condobolin Winter B&S. DGThe Condobolin SRA grounds were the centre of B&S universe last Saturday night with approximately 700 people boot scooting the night away at the annual event.

Featuring a Heroes and Villains theme, the Condo Winter B&S attracted caped crusaders from as far away as western Queensland and Victoria.

Entertainment for the evening included Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters, Kris Cummins and 4play.

Despite lower than average numbers, Licensee Kathy Parnaby said she’d received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended.

“It was a good ball and the majority of the crowd were well behaved,” she said.

“Three different bands played from 3pm until 1am and that’s something we’ve never done before,” she said.

“We also had a bucking bull and a lot of people were riding that.”

Kathy said the night wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers who helped out.

“Our volunteers were excellent,” she said.

“Without them the event simply wouldn’t run.”

A Condobolin Police spokesperson said police were generally impressed with the crowd’s behaviour.

“There was the odd fight but it was much better than previous years,” the spokesperson said.

“The whole event seemed to go successfully.”

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Djembe jamming

Djembe teacher Mark Bennet with students Sharron Haase, Eliza Packham, Heather Blackley, Lanny MacKenzie and Bill Cunningham. DG

By Dominic Geiger

A small but enthusiastic group of rhythm aficionados gathered at the Condobolin Community Centre last Saturday for an explosive djembe drumming workshop.

Djembes are traditional African drums made from carved wood and goat skin.

Mark Bennett, of Rhythm Creature African Drumming, taught the students basic rhythms and breaks before using various recycled materials such as storm water pipes and tyre tubes to create homemade African drums or ‘Dun duns’.

Mark said the best part of drumming is that people don’t need to be particularly skilled to have a great time.

“There’s just such an amazing feeling when you’ve got everyone drumming together,” he said.

“Drumming has been such an important part of societies all around the world; I think it’s very important for people to come together and play music with each other.”

Mark said in addition to being a drumming teacher, he’d also made a number of djembes himself.

“The djembes are made from tree stumps with goat skin stretched across the top,” he said.

“There’s a rumour some people have tried to use kangaroo skin but it ends up being too bouncy.”

Project coordinator at Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD), Heather Blackley, said the plan was to set up a small drumming group involving students from the various Condobolin schools.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get both adults and young people involved with the aim of eventually performing at functions around town,” she said.

“We may even be able to involve the djembe drummers with the RSL Pipe Band.”

The workshop was run through NSW Artstart, Lachlan Arts Council and WPRD Youth Services.


The Maids tour

Sydney’s Q Theatre Company, one of Australia’s oldest theatre, companies will tour the provocative and internationally acclaimed play ‘The Maids’ to Tottenham, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo in early August 2011.

Kicking off a three-year cultural agreement between Lachlan Shire and Penrith (in western Sydney) the tour will also feature an exhibition of work by Aboriginal artist Brook Andrew and education program for secondary schools students from the Penrith Regional Gallery.

The Maids was the first play by French literary ‘bad boy’ Jean Genet and was loosely based on the true story of two French maids, the infamous Papin sisters, Lea and Christine, who brutally murdered their boss and her daughter in Le Mans, France, in 1933.

The play was an instant international sensation, and has become legendary.

While the mistress is away, the maids will play! Domestic servants Solange and Claire are plotting to murder their mistress – Madame. Each night they play out, in increasingly macabre ways, how they might ‘do the deed’. But who dies? Is it just playacting and fantasy…… or are they indeed determined to do away with Madame? As fantasy and reality blur, the games take a deadly twist in this 1947 classic of jealousy, tension and murder.

As in all of Genet’s plays, the central theme is the struggle between authority and its victims. In The Maids this is played out as theatrical ritual, that not only reveals the maids’ hatred of the Madame’s authority, but also their self-hatred.

The Q production of this psychological, stylised and symbolic thriller will feature for the first time an all-Aboriginal cast, with Kylie Coolwell and Sharni McDermott playing Solange and Claire respectively, and Elaine Crombie as The Madame.

Renowned contemporary Aboriginal artist Brook Andrew is creating the set and costume design for The Maids. Brook is a Wiradjuri man and has exhibited to great acclaim throughout Australia and internationally. His vision for The Maids is wild.

Macabre, poetic and over the top this is most definitely not “Murder She Wrote”.

The Maids is directed by Katrina Douglas and designed by Brook Andrew, with music and soundscape by Peter Kennard, and lighting by Andrew Kinch.

Condobolin Community Centre Cushion Concert

Condobolin's young talent was on display at the recent Cushion Concert.

An incredible selection of young musical talent was on display recently at the Condobolin Community Centre’s Cushion Concert.

With the majority of students performing with either a guitar or piano, the 50 plus audience were treated to songs ranging in classical rock numbers to lazy Louisiana blues and original compositions.

An initiative of the Lachlan Arts Council, Cushion Concerts have once again become a regular occurrence following an extended hiatus.

Project coordinator at Western Plains Regional Development, Heather Blackley, said the concerts were stopped due to a lack young people interested in learning about music.

“Children just weren’t picking up musical interests for some reason so we stopped the concerts for a few years,” she said.

“Now we’ve seen a resurgence with lots of children wanting to learn music so we decided to start the concerts up again.

“I think this is due to the increased popularity of new music technology like Youtube and iPhones.

Heather said most of the students who performed on Saturday had been learning for approximately twelve months prior to the concert. D. Geiger


Acca Dacca back in Condobolin

Acca Dacca came all the way from Coonabarabran late last Saturday afternoon to play at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday night.By Dominic Geiger

It’s a long way to Condobolin if you want to rock ‘n’ roll, but for the world’s premier ACDC cover band, Acca Dacca, it was well worth the journey.

Arriving from Coonabarabran late Saturday afternoon, the band showed the Condo crowd the true meaning of rock with an incredible three hour performance.

Beginning at 8:30 with ‘The Wright Stuff’, an Easy Beats cover show, the band reappeared half an hour later to bring down the house in what was an ACDC performance capable of bringing even Angus Young to his knees.

Playing an incredible set list ranging from hits from 1974’s ‘High Voltage’ to the recent ‘Black Ice’, the band got the 100+ crowd up and dancing with even the older members of the audience itching for a boogie.

Standout numbers included ‘Hells Bells’ and ‘Safe in New York City’.

Larry Attard, aka Bon Scott/Brian Johnson, said he thought the Condobolin crowd was incredible given the town’s small size.

“You never know what to expect with these sorts of shows,” he said.

“But we had a great time; you had the people who were here just for a good time and didn’t necessarily know all the songs, and you had the die-hards who sung along to every word.”

Acca Dacca’s next show will be in Brisbane before heading off to New Zealand for a round of performances.

Theatre under construction at WPRD

Condobolin will soon have access to a brand new community theatre.

To be built in the Western Plains Regional Development building, the theatre will show recent release films and will have matinees for school holidays.

The theatre room will also double as a display for art and Aboriginal Family History and Conference Centre.

Anne Coffey, Acting Executive Officer of Western Plains Regional Development, said the theatre would be operational in a number of months.

“We have to do a number of fire safety upgrades to the building  before we can operate the theatre,” she said.

“The Lachlan Shire and the Community Building Partnerships have put money into the upgrades and we are just waiting to get these completed.

“The Theatre has been a wonderful example of everyone working together to get a job done.

“Community Building Partnerships, The Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal, Barrick Gold and Lachlan Shire have all contributed so far.

“It’s been a great community project.”


For those in Condo about to rock

Acca Dacca will be playing at the Condobolin RSL.By Dominic Geiger

Acca Dacca, the next best thing to seeing ACDC live, will be playing at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday June 25.
Having just returned from a sell out tour in Indonesia, ACDC’s greatest tribute band will once again hit the road in Australia, performing hits from 1974’s ‘High Voltage’ to the recent ‘Black Ice’.
Larry Attard, aka Bon Scott/Brian Johnson, said the Condobolin crowd could expect to leave the show feeling like they’ve seen and heard the real deal.
“It’s a meat and potatoes ACDC show,” he said.
“We’ll have ‘Angus’ up there in a school boy uniform as well as a few surprises here and there.
“We were in Condobolin three to four years ago but since then ACDC have released a new album so we’ve got a lot more songs.”
Larry said two and a quarter hour Acca Dacca show would follow a 45 minute Easy Beats support show called ‘The Wright Stuff’.
“We’ll play Easy Beats songs to to warm up at 8:30, we have a half hour break, then we come back on as Acca Dacca,” he said.
“Angus Young said himself in a recent interview, if you can’t see ACDC, see Acca Dacca.”
Acca Dacca will play a free show at the Condobolin RSL Club on Saturday June 25.

Save the date for Condo’s big events

Mayoral Message:

The Lachlan Shire is a large and progressive area with a shire population of 7,000 incorporating the towns of Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo and the smaller centres of Tottenham, Tullibigeal, Burcher Derriwong, Fifield, and Albert. All towns offer friendly locals, country hospitality and unique experiences for the adventurous traveller to discover.
Festivals and events in the Heart of NSW showcase what the Lachlan Shire is all about. The Heart of NSW hosts a number of annual events for locals and tourists from all walks of life to experience and enjoy from the Garden Festival to the Condobolin Tattoo.
For the keen fisherman, try your luck at Fisherama held at Lake Cargelligo. A great weekend away fishing with friends and family with money raised from the event being put back into the Lake, restocking it with fishlings for future years of fishing to come.
If you are a thrill seeker then Condobolin’s Chutes and Utes Festival held on the October Long Weekend will provide an action packed weekend. Featuring the Central Hope Cutters competition, the Professional Bull Ride Challengers Series and the Ute Show, this weekend is sure to keep you on your toes.
For the horse race enthusiast, the Heart of NSW hosts three annual picnic race meetings. Condobolin Picnic Races kick off our local races in February followed by Tottenham in March closely followed by Tullibigeal. These picnic race meets are held in a warm and friendly time of year so a great reason to travel throughout the Shire and explore the other towns and villages while looking forward to the next race meet.
Also, not forgetting the motor cycle race enthusiasts, the Heart of NSW has two popular motor cycle events, Yellow Mountain Cross Country and the Condo 750 with the latter also catering for Auto competitors. Both weekends bring competitors, family and friends from far and wide into our region.
Whatever the reason for visiting the Heart of NSW, tourists are always welcome and encouraged to enjoy the friendly coffee shops, to wander in the number of gift wear shops and enjoy dining in one of the many places to eat across the Shire.
I welcome you to the Heart of NSW and wish you a safe, memorable and enjoyable visit with us and I hope you will consider visiting us again in the near future.
Cr. Des Manwaring
Mayor, Lachlan Shire Council

Condo Winter B&S

Dust off a pair of your best pair of budgie smugglers and tights because the Condo Winter B&S is featuring a ‘Heroes and Villains’ theme this year.
Held on Saturday July 9, the event will break from tradition and will this time include an incredible three band line up.
B&S treasurer, Catherine Marsh, said the event would be one to remember
“We have Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters, Kris Cummins and 4play all putting on performances,” she said.
Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters managed to pull off an incredible seven top four positions in the 2011 National and Victorian Country Music Awards.
“Tickets are $90 if pre purchased and $100 on the door.
“People wanting to buy tickets early can e-mail condowinterbns@hotmail.com for more information.”

Condobolin Tattoo

The sounds of bagpipes will fill the air on Saturday September 17 with the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band hosting the second Condobolin Tattoo.
The tattoo is a triennial event with the inaugural Condobolin Tattoo held in 2008 with overwhelming success.
Tattoo spokesperson, Belinda Neal, said this year’s event would feature local and interstate performers.
“The Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums, Dubbo and district Pipe Band, Yanco Agricultural High School Drum Corps, the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band, Dubbo and District Pipe Band, Dubbo District Concert Band, Condobolin Googar Dancers, plus Bandsmen from Albury, Wodonga, Leeton and Wagga Wagga Pipe bands have all confirmed they will be performing in the 2011 Condobolin Tattoo” Belinda said.
“With the variety and quality of such performers already confirmed, we are expecting the 2011 Condobolin Tattoo to be even bigger than the inaugural event.”
The Carlton Draft Beer Academy is also attending and will be a highlight with the VB Gold Carlton Clydesdales in the 2011 street parade.
Tickets are available now at $30 per adult and $10 per child 16 years and under.
Tickets are limited so be quick!

Chutes and Utes Festival

The Condo Chutes and Utes Festival is set to once again thrill Condobolinites of all ages this October long weekend, with the Central Hope cutting horse championships, a Professional Bull Ride, trade fair and a ute show.
Spokesperson for Chutes and Utes, Sue Henley, said the event will run from Friday to Sunday over the October long weekend.
“The cutting horse charity event will start on Friday and go till Sunday,” she said.
This year the rodeo committee is also organising a trade fair to be held on the Saturday, where businesses will have the opportunity to set up a stall or tent showcasing what their business is all about.
This the committee believes, is a way of promoting local businesses and getting the whole community involved.
Sue Henly said the main event, the Professional Bull Ride will be on Saturday evening.
This promises to be an adrenaline packed, hard hitting show of incredible athletisism and sheer grit determination as some of Australia’s best bull riders take on the rankest bulls in the country.
“This event is a qualifying event so the top riders will go on to compete in national and international competitions.
“Finally on Sunday we’ll have a ute show, featuring nine different categories including best street ute and feral ute.
“It’s a real family fun event with heaps of excitement, thrills and spills” Sue said.

Condobolin Show

The Condobolin PAH and I Show is set to once again display and provide the highest quality local produce on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 of August.
President of the Show, Bruce Patton, said he encouraged everyone to attend the show; there will be something for everyone.
“It’s a fantastic, cheap event with entertainment for the whole family,” he said.
“We’ll have the new chook pavilion available for the chook show, there’ll be shearing and there’ll be cattle and sheep judging.
“There’ll also be a wool display and we always have a pavilion choc a bloc with local produce including cakes, cookies, pickles, preservatives, sewing and knitting.
In addition to this there are always great rides down sideshow alley to keep the kids entertained.
The show ball will also be on and will be held a few weeks before the actual show on Saturday August 13.

Album review

The Dusty Yellow Sunbeams latest album 'The Present Day Blues'By Dominic Geiger

Parkes band, ‘Dusty Yellow Sunbeams’, has released a brand spanking new album called ‘The Present Day Blues’.
Featuring relaxed acoustic guitars and smooth melancholy vocals, the band has managed to create an easy listening album perfect for any lazy Sunday afternoon.
With an incredibly clean, crisp sound, the album features a number of standout tracks including ‘Home is the falling leaves’, ‘Captain on the bottom of the ocean floor’ and a djembe laden final track, ‘Little Red Leaf’.
Relatively new to the Central West music scene, singer Tom Orr said he and his brother Chris formed the band after Chris took a twelve month break from university studies.
“Chris is a music student at Lismore University,” Tom said.
“He came back home [for a while] and we’ve just been jamming and writing.”
Tom said the entire album was recorded in the brothers’ makeshift home studio.
“We called a few people [in the lead up to making the album] including a friend who studied sound engineering in Lismore,” Tom said.
“Then we recorded everything, with me and Chris swapping instruments.
“We both write songs, play guitar and sing and Tom plays a bit of bass as well.”
Tom said he and Chris had been playing music together for a while but had only recently moved from covers to composing their own original music.
“We’re always jamming together,” he said.
“The album came out officially three weeks ago and we’re really happy with it.”
To check out the band’s album for free, log on to www.myspace.com/dustyyellowsunbeams.
To order an album copy, send an e-mail to sunfielfrecords@gmail.com.

Cobar rodeo a huge success

Uralla cowboy Duncan Elks shows how it’s done on Nackadoo Rodeo Company’s ‘Deadly’. OMBy Olivia McInnes

Competitors and spectators flocked to the Cobar showgrounds last Saturday for an adrenaline filled day of non stop rodeo action.
Despite being the first rodeo for Cobar since 2002, the committee received an astonishing 276 entries.
Cobar rodeo committe president Cameron Cutting said the motion to hold rodeos again began when “someone said let’s have a rodeo meeting.
“I was elected president and the committee just pulled together and we got it happening,” he said.
“The community have paid for  [the rodeo] through their sponsorship, kindness and donations. If they couldn’t give us money, they donated their equipment and machinery to get the grounds in order.
“Today is really important for the community. It’s a great time for us to just get together in the bush.”
The rodeo consisted of a full day of events including the ever popular bull ride and saddle bronc which offered plenty of excitement for the eager crowd.
Other popular events included calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the inaugural Cobar Rodeo Princess competition.
“The day has been excellent,” Cameron said.
“ It has more than met everyone’s expectations and I just can’t thank everyone who has been involved in running it enough.
“We want to continue to run this event and make it  bigger and better in the years to come.”

Rock to country music

Country music royalty: Catherine Britt will perform at the Condobolin RSL. DG By Dominic Geiger

Golden Guitar winner for Female Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2010 CMA Global Artist of the Year, Catherine Britt, is gearing up to play a stellar show at the Condobolin RSL on June 18.
Currently touring nationally in support of her new self titled album, Catherine said Condobolin could expect a highly energetic performance.
“The show’s going to be awesome,” she said.
“(The band and I) have a really good time; I’ve never played Condobolin before so we’re going to give it 100%.”
Catherine said although the focus for the performance would be on her newest album, she would also be playing a range of older songs.
“I have four albums out now so we’ll just be having a lot of fun; I’m bringing the full band and they’re my best mates,” she said.
“It’ll be a four-piece including myself; there’s a bass, electric guitar and drums.
“We’ll also have (2011 two-time Golden Guitar winner) Luke Austen coming along to open the show.
“I played a recent show in Canberra with Luke that was really awesome so I can’t wait to perform with him again.”
As for preparing for her Condobolin performance, Catherine said she planned on approaching it in the same way to any show she might play in the city.
“I’ll probably just have dinner and a glass of wine to relax (before we go on stage),” she said.
“I try to get a good vibe with the band after sound check and have a good time so I can get up and make the most of it.”
Catherine Britt will play at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday June 18 and tickets are available through the venue.

Ram’s Shed renovations in final stages

Publican Greg Cooper outside the Rams Shed. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin Hotel Motel’s Ram’s Shed is nearing the final stages of completion following massive renovations and the purchase of a brand new carpet.
Hotel owner, Greg Cooper, said the primary purpose of the Ram’s Shed is to give the Condobolin rugby union team a home, though the facility would be available to anyone interested.
“We’re in the last stages of renovating the shed; all we need to do now is the carpet,” he said.
“We’ll be putting lots of rugby union paraphernalia inside; the official opening will be announced very soon.
“The cost has been just over $90,000; we’ve painted inside, put in new lighting and a smoking area and we’ve had a new outside sign painted.
“It’s all heated properly and (when events are on) we’ll have the street entrance open.”
Greg said he had already begun taking bookings for the Ram’s Shed for various upcoming functions.
“We’ve got a wedding booked in for September as well as a special party coming up,” he said.
“We’re also going to use the room for special functions, i.e. Quota and Lion’s Club meetings.
“The room will be open to everyone.”

Imperially groovy on a Sunday afternoon

Josh Gallagher and Kathrin Fuelscher at the Imperial Hotel last Sunday. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The rocking sounds of shredding acoustic guitars kept a small but attentive crowd entertained last Sunday afternoon at the monthly Imperial Hotel jam session in Condobolin.
A number of people, both die hard musicians and beginners, picked up a guitar and shared their musical talents with those around them.
Josh Gallagher, pictured, said the jam sessions offered people the chance to relax and to maybe pick up a few new tunes.
“I come along for the enjoyment (of playing music) and the laughs,” he said.
Owner of The Imperial Hotel, Madelon Goodworth, said the jam sessions are run in order to attract people from all ages and to expose musical talent in the town.
“There was no place to play music and really have an audience in town,” she said.
“So we started the jam sessions to encourage the younger ones to come along with a suitable guardian and mix with (other musicians).
“A lot of people are too scared to try singing or playing in front of an audience but if you encourage people to do it (the talent) really comes out.
“Playing in front of a crowd builds confidence so people can get to their peak because everyone’s got some sort of talent.
“It’s just a chilled out get together.”
Keep an eye out on the blackboard outside The Imperial Hotel on Bathurst Street for the date and times of the next jam session.
Madelon also asked for anyone interested in having a barbeque at the jam session to drop into The Imperial and let her know so numbers could be organised.

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