Sold out shows, wild animals and community support, pretty much sums up what Festival of Small Halls, Summer Tour 2019 looked like for Liam Gerner and Fru Skagerrak. A road trip like no other from Queensland down to Cygnet, Tasmania, back up to Bowenville and all in between.  Full of laughter, folk music and new friends. Whilst on the road Liam, documented snippets of his experience. Here is a tour through the eyes of Liam Gerner.

In a short space of time, Liam and the women of Fru Skagerrak had performed at Woodford Folk Festival and were on their way to begin the Festival of Small Halls tour. What better place to start then the ‘edge of the world’ in Stanley, Tasmania.

Tonight show 2 Wynyard Tasmania at Wynyard Hall Wynyard Wharf Hotel. Show 2 of Festival of Small Halls Australia. With Fru Skagerrak Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Woodford Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Friday, 4 January 2019

Great first show in Stanley, thanks heaps Liam and Fru Skagerrak and the FoSH’s team! – Wayne Tuxworth

Next stop, was Wynyard the home to the Table Cape lookout and the largest Australian fossil of a marsupial. A great performance from the girls as well as the audience.

Show 3. Tonight we play beautiful Sulphur Creek in their Memorial Hall, Jan 6 . Tomorow Rowella Fru Skagerrak Festival of Small Halls Australia Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Woodford Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Saturday, 5 January 2019

 

Sulphur Creek, the place were an abundance of tea was consumed, cookies were inhaled and lots of happy faces crowded around together.

It’s a SOLD OUT show Tonight in Rowella with Fru Skagerrak and I Festival of Small Halls Australia . Tomorrow Nunamura Hall, tues 8 Jan. Thankyou for a great show last night Sulphur Creek … Woodford Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Sunday, 6 January 2019

 

Rowella was the first of it’s kind, sold out! The community really got behind the initiative of small halls which is to celebrate the artistry of folk music whilst supporting the local community and their businesses.

Tonight we play Nunamara Memorial Hall Jan 8. Thanks Rowella for the amazing sold out gig last night. Tomorrow we play Longford Hall Tasmania. Fru Skagerrak Festival of Small Halls Australia Woodford Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Monday, 7 January 2019

Thanks Rowella for the amazing sold out gig last night

Nunamara was home to beautiful sunsets and a beautiful community that loved playing apart in the growth of their towns hall.

Tonight we play Longford Hall Tasmania, Weds Jan 9. Thanks Nunamara for the great gig last night. Tomorrow we play Meander Tasmania.. Woodford Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Festival of small Halls

Posted by Liam Gerner on Tuesday, 8 January 2019

 

There’s no escaping the fact that Longford was an incredible show. There was also the incredible experience of broadcasting the show through a local radio interview.

Tonight SOLD OUT Meander Town Hall, Tasmania. Thankyou Longford Hall for last nights fantastic show. Tomorrow we play the amazing Cygnet Folk Festival … Festival of Small Halls Australia Illawarra Folk Festival Woodford Folk Festival Fru Skagerrak

Posted by Liam Gerner on Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Longford gig was fantastic, bring on Cygnet. -Stephen Foster

Meander put out all the stops from pick up trucks to bunya pines and to top it off a delicious barbecue. 

This weekend I play Cygnet folk Festival – Sat 1pm St James Church. Sunday 12pm st marks hall for small halls showcase with Fru Skagerrak . Thankyou Meander Tasmania for the sold out show . Next we play Triabanna, Forcett and Southport in Tasmania then to NSW Cygnet Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Festival of Small Halls Australia Woodford Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Friday, 11 January 2019

 

Cygnet Folk Festival was a good breather for all to appreciate the community and its talent as well as providing the opportunity to perform.

Tonight I play in Triabunna – Tues 15 Jan with Fru Skagerrak . Thankyou Cygnet Folk Festival Tasmania for an unforgettable weekend, I had fun doing the debate (thanks Spotify for paying off the judges) and thanks for all the shows they rocked thanks also to Lucky Oceans and Josh Bennett for playing with me. Next we play Forcett 16/1 and Southport 17/1 in Tasmania then to NSW for Illawarra Folk Festival Festival of Small Halls Australia … Woodford Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Monday, 14 January 2019

 

East Tasmania’s second largest township and one of the last show for Tasmania was Triabunna.

Tonight I play in Forcett Hall near Hobart Tasmania – Weds 16 Jan with Fru Skagerrak . Thankyou Triabunna for 1 seat away from Sold out show last night. Tomorrow we play Southport 17/1 in Tasmania then to NSW for Illawarra Folk Festival Festival of Small Halls Australia … Woodford Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Tuesday, 15 January 2019

 

Final tour stops for Tasmania were Southport and Forcett and were successful, playing outdoors to a larger crowd of the community.

Today we take the small halls show to the Illawarra Folk Festival we have 3 shows over the weekend. Thankyou to all the amazing towns and halls folk in Tasmania who have hosted our concerts. Truly unforgettable Big special thanks to Cygnet Folk Festival. Festival of Small Halls Australia Woodford Folk Festival Fru Skagerrak

Posted by Liam Gerner on Thursday, 17 January 2019

 

With Tasmania all done and dusted it was time to head up to New South Wales for the last leg of the tour. Kicking it off with Shellharbour.

Tonight I play Thur Jan-24 Goulburn NSW, St Saviours cathedral Hall with Fru SkagerrakTomorrowJan-25 Nangus Hall…Jan-27 Orange Bloomfield HallJan-30 Clarence Town Clarence Town School of Arts HallJan-31 Frederickton Frederickton HallFeb-01 Toormina – Toormina Community CentreFeb-02 Eureka – Eureka HallFeb-03 Bowenville – Bowenville HallFestival of Small Halls Australia Woodford Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

 

Exploring the town of Goulburn meant exploring the architectural pleasures of the church. As well as the stark contrasts the land had to offer.

Tonight I play Nangus fri Jan-25 NSW, with Fru Skagerrak .. it’s a cool 46 here. Goulburn was a wonderful show last night Next shows..Jan-27 Orange Bloomfield HallJan-30 Clarence Town Clarence Town School of Arts HallJan-31 Frederickton Frederickton HallFeb-01 Toormina – Toormina Community CentreFeb-02 Eureka – Eureka HallFeb-03 Bowenville – Bowenville HallWoodford Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival @festival of small halls Australia

Posted by Liam Gerner on Thursday, 24 January 2019

 

Hot, hot, hot! Nangus definitely brought the heat sweltering 48 degrees, that didn’t stop the community from getting involved though.

Tonight we play Orange NSW at Bloomfield Hall Sun Jan-27 with Fru Skagerrak .. Nangus was such a special show, thanks to all the local characters who made it so, despite it being about 50CNext Festival of Small Halls Australia shows..Jan-30 Clarence Town Clarence Town School of Arts HallJan-31 Frederickton Frederickton HallFeb-01 Toormina – Toormina Community CentreFeb-02 Eureka – Eureka HallFeb-03 Bowenville – Bowenville HallWoodford Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Saturday, 26 January 2019

Loved the show last night in Nangus with you and the girls Fru Skagerrak It was so bloody hot you all did very well to survive. Great talent all round. Thanks for bringing the show to this part of the world 👍🏻❤️ -James Callan

Another packed house for both Orange and Clarence a great turn out for the community. There was a lot of history within the development of the arts that were on full display.

SOLD OUT Tonights gigs in Toormina NSW Friday Feb First with Fru Skagerrak. Fun!! Last nights sold out show in Fredericktons stunning hall was fantastico. But Here is a video about the amazing Clarence Town hall, a really special hall that one, turn up the sound!Next Festival of Small Halls Australia shows..Feb-02 Eureka – Eureka HallFeb-03 Bowenville – Bowenville HallWoodford Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival. Also thanks Fiona at ABC Coffs Coast for having us in this morning 🙂

Posted by Liam Gerner on Thursday, 31 January 2019

Thank you so much for including Clarence Town on your tour! Seems everyone enjoyed the evening! – Vanessa McFarlane

The final leg of the tour consisted of Frederickton, Toornina, Eureka and Bowenville.  And to close off a very successful tour the second last show was sold out.

Tonight we have our last show of what’s been a brilliant adventure this Festival of Small Halls Australia tour with the amazing Fru SkagerrakTONIGHT Sunday Feb-03 Bowenville – Bowenville HallThankyou to all the amazing halls and their communities, and to these fantastic festivals Woodford Folk Festival Illawarra Folk Festival Cygnet Folk Festival

Posted by Liam Gerner on Saturday, 2 February 2019

 

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2019 was a hit with sold out shows, packed community halls and for many a newfound love for folk music.