SING ALONG: There was plenty of entertainment at the WoodNMusic Festival.
SING ALONG: There was plenty of entertainment at the WoodNMusic Festival.

Gympie’s Wood 'N' Music festival a huge hit

STRINGS DISPLAY: There was plenty to see at the WoodNMusic Festival.

THE last weekend of May brought the AICM building to life in a new way.

The Gympie and District Woodworking Club joined with the AICM to highlight how talented artists from different disciplines could form partnerships together.

Stan Ceglinski from Northern New South Wales shared his spectacular skill and showmanship to one and all.

WoodNMusic Festival spokeswoman Deirdre Wilson said many who did his workshops had discovered that it does not matter how old you are you can learn new skills.

"Stan was particularly impressed with a group of students from Victory College who came along and did a diddly bow workshop," Mrs Wilson said.

"I think the feeling was mutual." Many were spellbound by Brisbane luthier Luke Kallquist too.

"Luke demonstrated the hand-carving of a neck for a guitar using traditional tools, Mrs Wilson said.

"Everyone was transported back to another time.

"It is great to have someone show our local children that there are other occupations that you can take up that don't necessarily require tertiary education."

Over the weekend the AICM café was packed and Mrs Wilson thanked Robyn Hamilton and her team.

On Saturday afternoon local Mike Hayes chatted with guitar enthusiasts about his approach to playing.

"Mike enthralled everyone with his stories and his approach to music," Mrs Wilson said.

Following Mr Hayes was the ukulele group and guitar group with the audience joining in the sing-along.

On Friday and Saturday evenings the AICM building transformed was into a wonderland by a spectacular light show.

"Inside the building it was just as amazing with local music talent being showcased, followed by Stan and his band entertaining everyone," Mrs Wilson said.

"Saturday evening we were very privileged to have Mike McClellan play a few of his favourite songs - what a gentleman - followed by our own Mike Hayes with a couple of beautiful instrumentals."

She said the exhibition of wonderful woodwork and the songwriting workshops were highlights.

The winner of the songwriting competition was Jo Tempelman.

"For me the most significant thing was to see how Gympie came together in partnership for a wonderful weekend of festivities," Mrs Wilson said.

"Special thanks must go to our fabulous band of happy volunteers, the festival committee, the Regional Development Fund, Gympie Council and our wonderful business sponsors.

"Without these people the festival would not have happened.

"I believe that as Gympie continues to make partnerships within her community we will see many great things happening.

"Not bad for a small regional town."