MAKING MUSIC: Geoff Walden makes sure his base guitar is in tune for the Wood N Music Festival which gets under way tomorrow while (rear) Deirdre Wilson strums an early 1900’s mandolin loaned by Ruth and Noel McDonough of Gympie.
MAKING MUSIC: Geoff Walden makes sure his base guitar is in tune for the Wood N Music Festival which gets under way tomorrow while (rear) Deirdre Wilson strums an early 1900’s mandolin loaned by Ruth and Noel McDonough of Gympie. Greg Miller

Letters: Gympie Wood and Music fest a big hit

Letters: THE first Wood and Music Festival was held in Gympie this weekend; three days of the most excellent workshops, music and displays and all for a gold coin donation.

I went down for a look each day and stayed for the music at night which was awesome. The ukulele and guitar groups from the Institute of Country Music showed that the oldies can learn new things and they were really good, so much enthusiasm and talent.

The younger ones were exceptional too, so much talent in one small town. The raffles were first class and the guitar made of a biscuit tin was demonstrated by the maker, Big Stan.

He was the best blues artist I have heard in years. I went back every night to hear him perform with local talent. Mike McClennan had the mellowest of country/folksy sounds and was beautiful to listen to as well. However the highlight for me was the instrumentals.

Mike Hayes and Big Stan and the ring-ins who had no practice time together really brought it home. The woodworkers had displays of work they have done and it was beautiful.

They also demonstrated their craft and were happy to answer questions.

I learnt a lot. There is so much talent in Gympie I am proud and very privileged to live here.

Well done to the organisers and thank you to all who participated and made it a great weekend.

I loved every minute of it.

Raewyn Jackson,

Gympie.