2nd Bluegrass Brunch at Urban Country

by | 25 Mar, 2011

The Bluegrass Brunch returns to Queensland’s Urban Country this year and will be held at the Village Hotel within the Caboolture Historical Village, on Sunday 1 May, 10am – 12noon.  The Brunch will feature The Redlands Bluegrass Boys and The O’Donnells.

The Redlands Bluegrass Boys was formed in 1998 by a group of enthusiastic acoustic musicians based at the Redlands Modern Country Music Club.

The group includes Redland’s musicians Allen McMonagle (vocals, guitar, fiddle), Neil Wills (mandolin, guitar and vocals), Fred Hudson (banjo and vocals), Bill Turner (guitar and vocals) and Tom Steginga (double bass and vocals). Together they perform a range of traditional bluegrass songs and instrumentals and demonstrate the tight vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentals solos epitomised by this style of music.

The O’Donnells is an Australian family band based in Logan City, South East Qld.  Always entertaining, the band consists of parents, John (banjo) and Wendy (guitar), together with their three children, Johnny (bass guitar), Jacqui (mandolin) and Katelyn. Part of the new generation of Australian bluegrass, the group brings a fresh approach to the Australian country music scene with their strong family vocal harmonies and high-energy traditional acoustic music.

The Bluegrass Brunch is part of the 2011 Urban Country Music Festival where some of the country’s biggest names in the business are heading to Caboolture, just north of Brisbane in Qld, from Friday, April 29 and Monday, May 2. From the free opening Urban Blaze concert on Friday night that features bonfires and fireworks, to the Farewell Concert on Monday, there will be some top talent like Jetty Road, Paul Costa, the Bostocks and BRADE up on stage.

This year’s Saturday night concert features American heartthrob Joe Nichols alongside Aus rocker James Reyne, country starlets The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and 2011 Toyota Star Maker Luke Dickens. Tickets to the six-hour country extravaganza are only $65.

To add to the atmosphere this year, the festival has a new home – The Caboolture Historical Village – and buskers, country markets and a host of other free entertainment will take place in and around the village’s historic buildings.

Throughout the festival there are daily events and concerts, all at little or no cost to festival goers. Festival favourites like the Beaut Ute show, Bush Poets breakfasts, Bush Balladeers, line-dancing and clogging, kids activities and the Bluegrass Brunch are all back.

There’ll be performances by Tori Darke, Steven Jaymes, The Bobkatz, Bob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band and The Vibe. Country’s hottest up and coming acts will strut their stuff on the Next Generation Stage and at the Voice of Urban Country Talent Search.

The festival also includes a Friday Night Rodeo, Sunday Gospel Concert, Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash Tribute Show.

Camping is available for those wanting to make the most of their Urban Country weekend experience. Head to www.urbancountry.com.au for more information.

The festival is proudly presented by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and major sponsors Grand Prix Mazda and Caboolture Shire Herald.