Weather gods smile at Boyup Brook

Tari JeffersCountryman
The McClymonts were the headliners at this year's festival.
Camera IconThe McClymonts were the headliners at this year's festival. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival organisers are estimating about 12,000 people from across WA attended the four days of entertainment and activities from February 15-18.

As organisers finalise audience numbers and money raised, Country Music Club of Boyup Brook president Daly Winter said it was an “excellent event”.

“We’ve had a lot of good comments about the artists we have this year,” Mr Winter said.

“We got lucky that there were about seven Golden Guitar award wins between some of our visiting talent.”

Katelyn, 14, and Simone Lansdell, both of Popanyinning.
Camera IconKatelyn, 14, and Simone Lansdell, both of Popanyinning. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Cameron and Kylie Kett, both of Williams.
Camera IconCameron and Kylie Kett, both of Williams. Credit: Tari Jeffers

After the dismal weather leading up to last year’s event, Mr Winter said it was good to have such good weather this year.

“We’re well into the pack-up and in a few days, it’ll look like nothing went on here,” he said.

Highlights at this year’s Boyup Brook Country Music Festival were headline act, Australian country music sensations The McClymonts, Travis Collins, Benn Gunn and Simply Bushed.

Ahead of their performance on Saturday, Brooke McClymont said she and her sisters looked forward to playing all their music from the past 10 years since they last performed at the festival.

“It’s very familiar being back — I think there’s more tents and more people though,” she said.

Mollie McClymont said it was wonderful to get back to Boyup Brook because they did not get back to WA as often as they would like. “It’s nice to treat our fans and those who are fans of country music,” she said.

Last Friday night, the 2018 West Australian Country Music Awards were announced, with winners including emerging artist of the year WA singer-songwriter Jasmine Atkins and Perth musician Karin Page for independent single for music video clip and the inaugural people’s choice awards.

Ken and Pat Rowell, both of Geraldton.
Camera IconKen and Pat Rowell, both of Geraldton. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Musician Luke O'Shea, centre, with Debi Johnson, Tawana Taylor, Sonia Porter and Jayde Salomone, all of Manjimup.
Camera IconMusician Luke O'Shea, centre, with Debi Johnson, Tawana Taylor, Sonia Porter and Jayde Salomone, all of Manjimup. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times/Tari Jeffers
Benn Gunn entertains the crowd at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.
Camera IconBenn Gunn entertains the crowd at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. Credit: Tari Jeffers

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