Just when you thought this year’s 35th Gympie Music Muster couldn’t get any better they announced a third artist line-up, revealing an illustrious selection of artists like Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and The McClymonts.
Held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland from 25 to 28 August, the Muster will feature over 120 stellar artists in more than 300 performances across multiple stages.
This year, the Muster is set to welcome Golden Guitar award magnet Sara Storer, renowned Aboriginal singer-songwriter Warren H. Williams (performing with Dani Young) and charming country songstress and winner of 2016 CMC New Oz Talent award Caitlyn Shadbolt.
Sara Storer says she feels privileged to be invited to the Muster stage.
“The Muster has always been my favourite festival and I feel privileged to be invited to perform in the year of its 35th anniversary. With so many great artists and featured shows it’s sure to be very special,” she says.
Sara Storer joins the Muster off the back of her sixth album Silos and just before she takes off to tour with Fanny Lumsden later in the year.
The highly acclaimed Australian performer and multiple Golden Guitar winner will grace the Muster stage with new songs written since moving from Darwin to Albury 18 months ago.
Having a rural upbringing on a wheat farm in Victoria and living close to the land ever since, her new songs resonate with a rich and emotive belonging to the Australian outback landscape and people, including her four sons who feature on the album.
The talented Warren H. Williams, often regarded as one of the best and most highly decorated indigenous artists will also perform, accompanied by Dani Young.
Warren is proud to share unique cultural stories in performance with honey-toned singer songstress Dani Young as they perform their latest release Desert Water which contains universal themes of love and loss, family, friendship and reconciliation.
Having performed with John Williamson, and being the first Black (Aboriginal) and White Australian duo to record an album in Nashville, the pair are captivating audiences and as they share Williams’ proud indigenous heritage through timeless country music ballads.
Charming country songstress and 2014 X-Factor finalist Caitlyn Shadbolt also returns this year, after a hugely successful year of accolades and awards.
The 20 year old Gympie girl already has a long list of accomplishments, with chart topping iTunes success from her single ‘Maps Out The Window’, #1 status for her ‘Shoot Out the Lights’ video on Airplay and CMC charts, and top 10 self-titled EP ARIA chart ranking.
Other stars to join the Muster this year include, Drew McAlister with songs from his highly acclaimed new album Black Sky, Pop Standen and Phil Emmanuel, Tim Wheatley and his band the Blue Skillet Rovers and the original voice of Wickety Wak, Greg Doolan.
To celebrate the event’s rich 35-year history Mike McClellan will feature with Greg Doolan and Jade Hurley in a special 35th anniversary tribute, Collaboraton, which will close the muster on Sunday 28th August.
This year, proceeds from the Muster will go to Mates4Mates, to help them continue their work with recovering Australian Defence Force personnel with mental and physical injuries as a result of their service.
The 35th Gympie Music Muster will run from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August and be held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest at the Sunshine Coast. For more information or for tickets visit www.muster.com.au