Local acts to be a highlight of event
From solo to duo, local musicians are set to be a toe-tapping addition to this year’s Newdegate Machinery Field Days entertainment line-up.
With performances from 11am to 1pm on both days of the event, at two locations, music co-ordinator Holly McDonald said both acts were extremely talented and just happened to hail from Lake Grace.
“Hayden McGlinn is such a gifted musician who is currently in the peak of his musical career, and we are lucky to have him, while Harry & Hunty have a great relationship when they are on stage,” she said.
“Being able to advertise and support these artists is an opportunity not to be missed.”
McGlinn, whose songs and music style reflect real-life experiences and heartfelt stories, is a solo performer who has graced the stages of live music venues across WA.
Songs in his repertoire include “Utes and Dogs”, which was nominated for West Australian Music’s Song of the Year in 2007, and his most recent work, “Black Dog Shadow”, set to feature on WAM’s “Demos from the Wheatbelt” compilation album.
Meanwhile, the duo behind Harry & Hunty — Alistair “Hunty” Hunt and Harry Slarke — is back by popular demand. Hunt, an auto electrician and Lindandrew truck driver by trade, and Slarke, who mucks in on the family farm just out of Lake Grace, are regulars on the field days circuit.
This will be their third appearance at Newdegate Field Days.
With only a few years separating them in age, the two have known one another since childhood, but it was not until 2015 that they decided to team up.
“Hunty has the hard job — he plays acoustic guitar, sings and has a kick-drum,” Slarke said. “I just play electric guitar.”
Over the years, gigs have taken them to Narrogin, Newdegate, Dumbleyung, Katanning and Kondinin, not to mention in their home town. Their performances include covers of songs by a range of artists, including those of US singer-songwriter John Mayer and 1960s-1970s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Their style was a matter that Slarke said was a bit hard to define, as each gig was unique, as is their name.
“We didn’t really come up with a name. We just went with Harry & Hunty for the time being, and it stayed that way,” he said.
Music aside, the Dyson Jones Wool & Technology Pavilion will this year host a new set of demonstrations, with Julie Harries from Emu Lane Cafe in Katanning set to cook up a storm.
With Indian lamb, tea-smoked chicken and Irish stew with soda bread on the menu, her presentations on both days are sure to be a mouth-watering addition to this year’s pavilion.
Another not-to-be missed attraction is the Whitfert Fireworks Spectacular on the Oval at 7pm on Wednesday, after which visitors are being invited to stay a while longer and journey into the universe alongside Astrotourism WA.
Special guest Mark Davies has been tasked with showcasing the wonders of the solar system, while helping amateur stargazers to learn how to use a telescope.
If clouds are masking the night sky, a special presentation inside will unveil the beauty of the solar system, Milky Way Galaxy and the universe.
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