Dorrigo, 28 May 2022

J H Davis Memorial Hall, NSW, Gumbaynggirr Country

J H Davis Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr People.

Standing on lands traditionally owned by the Gumbaynggirr people, the J H Davis Memorial Hall at the Dorrigo Showground is nestled on the edge of the small rural town of Dorrigo, closely cradled by World Heritage listed Gondwana rainforests and cascading waterfalls.
For over 70 years, the main pavilion has been witness to prize plum puddings, jams, local produce and rural delights and the Memorial Hall regularly hosts events exhibiting the creative arts of school children and community members. All year, markets, dances, balls and celebrations fill the hall with life, and this year, the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival will be celebrating their 20th festival with an official opening in the hall. The hall is steadfast, in good times and hard – acting as main emergency centre for Dorrigo during the 2020/2021 bushfire devastation but always there, bringing all of the community together and serving as the cultural hub for Dorrigo.

Festival of Small Halls returns to Dorrigo on Saturday, 28 May 2022 with Ash Bell and Sara Tindley and Melanie Horsnell.

Opening the show will be local act Hannah Day!

Hannah Day somehow blends a musical history beginning somewhere in the 90s with the punk and hardcore bands of Sydney, to South America where she began playing music, to the northern river hippies and out to Tamworth where she found folk and country music that spoke to her core. Music is definitely intertwined with life. Made in and amongst raising 3 children on her own for the past 20 years, her mix of folk, country and rock is a coalescence of all those experiences.

She is emotive, rich, gutsy and authentic. With her children grown up, this year marks a change where Hannah is beginning to move her music out of the loungeroom and local open mics, though always a regular. She’s getting on the road visiting and playing small country venues, playing a mix of her own songs and covers. Influences include Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, Laura Marling and Gillian Welch.

Supper will be available during the interval for $5, which comes with tea or coffee and cake or slice.

Tickets are priced at:
Full Admission – $25
Child Admission (Aged 12 and Under – Must be accompanied by an adult) – $5
Click here to purchase tickets.

Doors Open 6.30pm
Show Starts 7.00pm

J H Davis Memorial Hall has accessible entry (side doors open near stage area, main entrance at front of hall) and has accessible bathrooms (located at the back of the main pavillion).

This show is supported by Bellingen Shire Council.

Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under current Covid Safe regulations , and has stringent Workplace Health and Safety requirements for all travelling artists and crew. Under the terms and conditions of all events, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Please do your bit to protect others and keep your community safe.

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