A SMALL hall in the Riverina is set to draw in big crowds as it plays host to a travelling music festival.
The Festival of Small Halls is bringing feel-good ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu and two-piece indie pop-rock band This Way North to the NSW countryside in the 21st edition of the tour, stopping in at Ganmain.
Advance Ganmain Committee member Bronwyn Hatty said the festival's glowing reputation shone an equally positive light on the small town.
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"These kinds of events really bring in support from the surrounding areas like Wagga and Junee, and that then gives us another market to tap into for future events knowing they've gotten a taste of what Ganmain has to offer," she said.
"It's fabulous that we get the opportunity to host musicians of this calibre in the country, it really helps us build up a profile and put Ganmain on the map."
Keeping the live entertainment scene alive following on from a difficult year, the Festival of Small Halls will visit Ganmain on April 23, as well as other destinations nearby like Gilmore Hall on April 18 and Paradise Palladium Theatre in Morundah on April 22.
Festival producer Eleanor Rigden said it was all about showcasing community spirit.
"Towards the end of 2020 when we got back on the road, hall committees and local groups really stepped up, realising it was more important than ever to support their communities to safely come together after a year of difficulty and isolation," she said.
It's been three years since Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy of This Way North traded their bricks-and-mortar homes for life on the road, and that spirit of adventure has taken up permanent residence in their music.
The duo are no strangers to the road, and Leahy said they are thrilled to be heading out again.
"We are beyond excited to resume life on the road with Festival of Small Halls, touring regionally is one of our favourite things to do, the places, the people, playing shows, the road, it's our happy place," she said.
For Bobby Alu, touring regional New South Wales is just like going home.
"I couldn't think of a more perfect way to get back to touring after the longest break I've had since hitting the road over a decade ago," he said.
"I'm really excited to visit, explore and perform in these regional towns."
For more information and to book, visit festivalofsmallhalls.com.
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