Music muster raises $16,000 for charity

Midwest Times

Eight worthy Australian charities will benefit from $16,000 raised at this year’s Nambung Country Music Muster — more than double the figure raised at last year’s event.

Organisations that received donations included Lyme Disease Australia, Cancer Research WA, St John Ambulance Cervantes, Moora Hospital Auxiliary, Angel Flight Australia, Make A Wish Foundation Albany, Cervantes Country Woman’s Association and the Cervantes Historical Society.

This year’s muster drew nearly 1000 country music fans, who gathered at Nambung Station between October 26 and 29 to see performances by Tom Maxwell, Laura Downing, Evan Platschinda, Outback Paddy, Billy Higginson, Terry Bennetts and Ginger Cox of the Band of Mates and Connie Kis Andersen.

Local artists Kate Linke, Sarah Broome, Warwick Trant, Mark Donohue and Kevin Lansdell also performed.

Every artist who performed signed a guitar that was auctioned for $1020, which went towards the final $16,000 donated.

Undiscovered stars were also encouraged to take to the stage, with singer and guitarist Clive-Bill taking out the best talent award.

Other entertainment on offer included bootscooting and old-time dancing, bush poetry, and a huge finale that saw all the big names join together to play classics including Waltzing Matilda and Slim Dusty’s Lights on the Hill.

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