Off to the Tyalgum Music Festival – formerly the Tyalgum Classical Music Festival – in early September.
The Boxties were very excited to be on the road for the first time and to share a stage with some distinguished musicians from around the country, and share our music with a new audience.
First up, the Opening Gala in the Tyalgum Hall, ranked one of the best acoustic venues in Australia, so we’d heard.
Opening the show and kicking off the next three days of music, food and dance. we performed Bold Riley and our take on Astor Piazzolla’s Yo Soy Maria from his tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. We weren’t sure how the set would be received but the reaction was super-positive. We spent the rest of the night listening to the other acts and enjoying the food and drink.
Next day, we performed at Flutterbucks Café in Tyalgum’s main street.
This was definitely the highlight of the whole festival for me. The café was packed to the brim and it was our chance to share all the songs we’d been working on this year.
The feeling on stage was overwhelming and the audience was right there with us the whole way. The smiles were infectious during I’ll Tell Me Ma and McGilligan’s Daughter and there was no holding back the tears in Arlington.
The café proprietors treated us to pizza and drink, before we headed back over to the Hall to open a concert featuring Trichotomy and the Lunaire Ensemble.
The Family Concert on Sunday morning gave us the opportunity to perform alongside the Song Company, famous for their close harmony and celebrating 30 years as “Australia’s leading vocal ensemble”.
We were on first and performed some crowd favourites from the last few days including Colcannon, Pants and a Samoan song about dancing ants –Minoi Minoi. The Song Company generously led a standing ovation, which was a perfect ending to a very memorable three days.
Thank you for having us Tyalgum, it was a blast! Until next time...