Small labels, big talent – locals support independent music

The Australian Independent Music Awards brought almost 400 people from around the world to Adelaide, and Koonara Wines’ Dru Reschke was on the invite list.

As a major sponsor, Dru attended the awards night at the Queens Theatre on Friday 27th July, and noted the calibre of artists.

“It was an amazing display of talent,” said Dru.

“We are very lucky to have had a few of these artists visit the Limestone Coast.”

Best Independent Country Music winner Fanny Lumsden was one such artist. Brought to the region by Penola locals John Rymill of The Royal Oak Hotel, and Simone Kain of George the Farmer, Fanny stopped for a show in Coonawarra as part of her Country Halls Tour late last year.

“Talking to Fanny’s bandmate, and husband, Dan Stanley Freeman after the awards, he said they had fond memories of the Coonawarra show and would love to come back soon,” Dru said.

Adelaide performer Ollie English featured at Scouted Festival on the Friday, representing South Australia to those visiting for the AIR Awards. Recently supporting Robbie Williams and playing to tens of thousands, Ollie will be back in the region performing at Bellwether winery on Sunday 2nd September.

Bellwether’s Sue Bell said it will be great to have Ollie back in town.

“I love music, and wanted to see more of it here,” said Sue.

“We’re actually lucky living away from the big cities, as when artists pick up gigs locally between their big shows, we get the chance to know them in a more intimate setting.”

Knowing firsthand how tough it can be to stay independent, Dru is passionate about supporting likeminded people.

“We want to support those who have chosen to take control of their own business and careers, especially small businesses like ours – which includes independent musicians.”

“By sponsoring events like AIR, we make some really great connections,” said Dru.

“Supporting up and coming artists also lifts the profile of the Limestone Coast and encourages talented people, like these musicians, to visit the region and share their passion with locals over a wine or two.”

“We want to create more opportunities for everyone as a community to get together, and if that means being exposed to some great live music, all the better.”