Laura Country Music Festival 2017

Some of Australia’s best country music performers graced the Laura Civic Centre stage as the town hosted the Laura Country Music Festival.

The weekend was action-packed for the Mid North town as acts performed from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Australian country music royalty featured on Sunday’s entertainment line-up, with Anne Kirkpatrick drawing a huge crowd at the centre.

Anne is the daughter of the late country music legend Slim Dusty. 

Her son, Jim Arneman, also performed on the Sunday morning with his wife Flora Smith. 

He later joined his mother on the stage where, no doubt, they would have made their father and grandfather proud. 

Anne said she had heard that the region was a heartland for Dusty fans.

Speaking to Northern Argus before taking to the stage on the Sunday, she said she was looking forward to singing some of her father and mother’s songs to the crowd.

Saturday morning featured an abundance of future young stars as the festival’s workshop and talent quest was held throughout the day.

Thirty entries were received across all sections and the winners were presented in the evening. 

Tyler Paterson, of Port Pirie, and Ella Hebberman, of Jamestown, both featured prominently in the quest and picked up awards for their talents.

Member for Frome, and Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock, officially opened the festival on the Saturday night.

Mr Brock paid tribute to the event’s hard-working committee which consists of Ian White, Joyce Wode, Marie Johnson, Anne Cowin, Irene Scott and Allan Woolford.

After the official opening, Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters hit the stage.

The Coads are familiar with country South Australia, originally hailing from the Far North. Their family lived at Martins Well Station near Hawker. Peter recalled a previous visit to Laura where he performed at the North Laura Hotel.

Crowd numbers were strong across the event, from the Golden Oldies concert on the Friday afternoon through to Sunday’s star-studded line-up of entertainment.