Freestone, 10 September 2021

Freestone Memorial Hall, QLD, Bundjalung Country

The Freestone Memorial Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Keinjan people and the Gidhabul people on Bundjalung Country.  

Originally built as a School of Arts in 1900, Freestone Memorial Hall was moved approximately four kilometres to its present site in 1921. This move took it closer to the recently opened railway station, as this area had become the hub of the community. The name change from ‘School of Arts’ to ‘Memorial Hall’ formally took place in 1954, however, no matter what the building has been called, it has hosted many a meeting, concert, dance, cabaret, family celebration, commemorative event etc. throughout its 119 year history, and it very much looks forwards to welcoming the Festival of Small Halls. The railway is long-gone but Freestone enjoys good road links to Warwick (15km), Toowoomba (82km) and Brisbane (142km). 

The current Freestone population is recorded as 217. This comprises multi-generational farming families and some escapees from town, all of whom enjoy the quiet country lifestyle and beautiful vistas. Freestone Memorial Hall regularly welcomes residents of neighbouring communities such as Sladevale, Clintonvale, Gladfied, Maryvale and Warwick through its doors. 

Festival of Small Halls rolls through Freestone on Friday, 10th September 2021 with Paddy McHugh (AUS) and Sue Ray (AUS)

The Fern Brothers will open the show! 

Twin brothers James and Thomas Fern spent most of their lives on the Gold Coast before heading to Warwick to finish high school. They are now both at University of Queensland, but are still regularly gigging in Brisbane and beyond. In fact, at the age of 20 they have done around 350 gigs including cafes, licensed venues, private functions, weddings and even as one of the support acts for Ash Grunwald at the Australia day concert in Warwick last year. 

Their voices were developed during their time with the Gold Coast choir but their harmonies have always come very naturally; it’s a twin thing. They performed with the choir at Opera in the Park and Movie World’s white Christmas event. They play a range of music from the 1960s to now and are big fans of the melodic harmonies of the past. Their repertoire includes everything from Simon and Garfunkel, the Everley Brothers, and Queen through to Ed Sheeran and everything in between. You can have a listen to them on their website https://fernbrothers.com/free-songs/ and follow them on https://www.facebook.com/fernbros/. 

Meals will be available at the Hall from 5.30pm.

Tickets are priced at: 

Full Admission – $20 

Child Admission (ages 17 and under) – Free 

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Doors Open 6.30pm

RFS Talk 6.45pm

Show Starts 7pm 

The Freestone Memorial Hall has an accessible entry and bathroom facilities. 

This show is supported by the Queensland Government and the Australian Government under the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.  

Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under an approved Queensland Health Covid Safe Event Checklist, 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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