Porongurup audience 'spellbound' by national concert tour

Published on Friday, 28 April 2023 at 3:22:47 PM

A national folk music tour that visited Porongurup this week as part of its Western Australia circuit has been hailed as a great success.

Produced by Woodfordia Inc, The Festival of Small Halls Australia visited Porongurup Hall on 26 April as part of the festival’s 34th instalment and return to WA after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Borne from the idea of reinvigorating tiny town halls in regional communities, the festival featured intimate performances by some of the best national and international folk and contemporary musicians.

More than 100 people packed into the Porongurup Hall to hear the soaring vocals of Aberdeenish folksinger Iona Fyfe and ‘Gypsy Scotsman’ singer-songwriter Colin Lillie, who relocated to Alice Springs in 2005.

Local support act Komorebi, comprised of two 16-year-olds from Albany, warmed up the stage before Fyfe and Lillie performed their individual styles of intimate storytelling and compelling songs.

Feedback from concertgoers included: “We went to this event with two friends from Rockingham and had the time of our lives."

“What a great night it was with very special entertainment of the highest quality, especially the two 16-year-old singers who held us spellbound.”

“Thanks to the support of the Shire of Plantagenet for this great event, we cannot wait for the next one.”

The event was proudly supported by the Shire of Plantagenet and the Porongurup Community Association. Special thanks to Kristel’s Country Kitchen and Market Grill, emcee Jason Jordan and Mark Colbung for the Welcome to Country.

Picture: The Festival of Small Halls in Porongurup draw a large crowd for an evening of community connection and world-class entertainment.

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