Nymagee Outback Music Festival – A Day In The Dirt


The Nymagee festival is held either annually or bi-annually somewhere within the vicinity of the little rural village of Nymagee. Originally started by a group of enthusiastic locals, the festival now incoorporates a few community groups including the local CWA who conduct their flower show and market day in association with the festival.

The ‘Day in The Dirt’ involves a range of musical luminaries offereing their services sto play on a central stage throughout the day  – and we do mean ‘offering’…..the deal is that we share what we can raise and the rest is done on love…about 15 hours of official music before the ‘pass the guitar’ sessions start….its fun.

Acts for this year include Neil Murray, The Re-Mains, Den Hanrahan, The Junes, Jackie Marshall, Jeff Gibson, The Lonely Horse Band, Van Walker, Leah Flanaghan, Liz Stringer, Tonchi, Andrew Hull and more…..

“Its all about being involved” says Tonchi “This year we will have artists who appear on Television, have won ARIA awards, are regulars on Triple J and who tour internationally, but they still see the support they can offer Nymagee as important. In addition we are receiving wonderfully generous support form local business, Arts Councils, local volunteers and even government agencies. That’s a great thing for the bush and a fantastic reason to come along and support the festival”

In 2006 Nymagee was, immortalised in poetry and song by the Lonely Horse Band, who travelled to the town to write the local stories into songs and to update the ledger in the folk tradition for the area. The album ‘Pomegranates and Peppercorn trees was a festival favourite in 2006 and their performance is eagerly anticipated for this year. The Band have since toured the region several times and recently written an album about White Cliffs along with a series of radio documentaries that went to air in 2008 and a current project in Dorrigo for release prior to the festival.

Nymagee 09 – A Day in The Dirt is on Saturday 31st of October in Nymagee. Entry is free. Camping is available but facilities are few, so bring all that you need.

For further information contact Andrew Hull 0427 919 964 0r Tonchi McIntosh 0447 144 405

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