Art and music are combining for a special concert in the grounds of Langford at the Walcha Mountain Festival on Sunday, October 21.
Armidale raised singer-songwriter Hester Fraser (aka Goldheist), and visual artist James Needham will front up in Walcha straight off the back of a two-hour show at the New England Regional Art Museum the day before. It is not known if the whippet Matilda, who is touring with them, will be in attendance.
The concert event will be a collaborative performance featuring the latest Goldheist album REALM and combines storytelling, music and painting.
After a few drinks in early June last year, Needham claimed he could paint landscapes in under an hour, and stated that musicians were lucky they could perform in front of their audience as opposed to the boring life of a studio-bound artist. Ms Fraser called his bluff and Goldheist and Needham are now touring regional galleries until November.
After a few drinks Needham claimed he could paint a landscape in under an hour
Combining their respective artistic practices, Needham will paint landscape, as inspired by tour locations, whilst Goldheist provides the soundtrack, fusing her narrative songs with electro-acoustic soundscapes.
Goldheist performed at the Walcha Mountain Festival last year and then returned to the stage in Walcha again earlier this year at the Bobby Jack’s Festival (BJF).
Local musical collaboration – the Grimlings ( a combination of members from the Grim Brothers and The Foundlings) will also perform at the Walcha Mountain Festival. Given all these musicians jammed together as part of the BJF recovery in April – standby for another impromptu session.
Food and beverage vendors will be open throughout the day, and there will be plenty of free children’s activities and market stalls.
The classic car display is back at the festival, and this year it will also include motorbikes, engines and chainsaws. There will also be hourly guided tours of Langford House, and model boats from acclaimed scale model builder Russ French of Defence Models will be on display on the dam.
The fun starts on Saturday October 20, with the PKF Road Ride Challenge, the Walcha Farmers’ Markets in McHattan Park and the Billy Cart Challenge followed by live music at the Commercial Hotel. The popular Quilt Exhibition opens on Friday night in Langford’s Woolshed and will remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 4pm.