The Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering will be held in April

MUSIC: The inaugural Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering is on next week. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
MUSIC: The inaugural Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering is on next week. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

The inaugural Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering will be held over three days this month with a family friendly atmosphere.

The festival will be held at McCorquindale Park, Cameron St, Penola from Friday March 12- Sunday March 14.

There will be 20 acts of acoustic music, with an emphasis on originality.

The headline act is Pete Denahy, a well known comedian song writer and an amazing musician.

A description of all the performers and the program is on the website.

The weekend will have concerts, open mics, workshops, and a poetry competition.

Non-powered onsite camping will be available with weekend passes from Tuesday March 9.

On Friday morning, a Schools Program for primary school students from all around Penola including Naracoorte children, will have the chance to spend the day experiencing different aspects in the performing arts.

Among the activities will be dancing sessions, ukulele lessons, song writing and art from 10am until 2.30pm.

These sessions have been sponsored by the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

Concurrently, there will also be a Youth Mentoring program aimed at people aged 14 to 25, where they will be able to talk to professional, internationally experienced musicians about the possibilities of music career choices.

It will include master classes, learning how to perform in front of an audience. This is a self-select process, just go to the website and fill in the form, it is free and sponsored by the Bendigo Bank.

Friday night, there will be a Welcome to Gathering barbeque, a concert on two stages followed by the famous Andrew Claremont Supper Club.

On Saturday morning, there will be seven workshops including a drumming, singing, didgeridoo, songwriting workshops and a ukulele jam - beginners are welcome.

During the afternoon, there will be two concerts from 1pm.

The Main stage is at the Stadium and the other is in Rymill Hall.

The football club rooms will hold open mic sessions from 1 until 5pm.

That night, there will be another two concerts, playing from 7 until 11pm.

Sunday morning will bring gospel singing, involving the Reverend and Mrs Rowdy and their whisky communion.

In the afternoon there will be another concert before the Feature Performers jam in the evening.

The Sunday markets will be taking place during the day from 10 until 3.30pm anyone wanting to hold a stall at the market can apply on the website.

Organiser Anne Miller explained how the festival will have a family friendly, uplifting atmosphere.

"Music has an infectious effect of raising the spirits of all who participate or listen."

More information and Tickets are available on the website or Day Tickets can be bought at the gate.