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Be Part of Saltwater Freshwater, Kempsey

The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is growing bigger and stronger every year. Organised by the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, as an event that celebrates the living culture of Aboriginal people on the Mid North Coast and commemorates Australia Day as a positive, inclusive, family day for all communities to enjoy.

The festival will be held at Kempsey Showground on Sunday 26th January and is an alcohol and smoke free event.  The organisers are calling out for volunteers to help make this year’s event the best one yet. Also, they are seeking interest from Aboriginal artists and craftspeople to take out stalls at the festival to sell handmade products.

The full line-up for the 2014 main stage has been announced.  Five acts in total, with a dynamic range of musical styles and sounds will make for an exciting and entertaining musical mix.  The festival crowd will be treated to these performances as part of a free day where everyone is welcome to come together and celebrate.

Fresh from the Tamworth Country Music Festival, much loved and respected headline act Troy Cassar-Daley will bring his highly acclaimed Australian country sound to the festival. As Troy’s only 2014 performance on the Mid North Coast, this is a golden opportunity to enjoy this charismatic performer.

Also joining the Festival line-up is Sydney based band Pirra, featuring Jess Beck, who are sure to captivate with their beautiful, jazzy soulful sound sprinkled with folk and dreamy vocals. Lismore crew, Supafresh, a three piece urban outfit are also bringing hip hop to the festival.

The festival will also feature the talents of Kempsey man, Amos Morris, who will make his way to the festival from the Tamworth Country Music Festival and will bring his selection of country, southern rock and blues. With a mix of originals and classics such as ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, Amos pays tribute to the history of Australian music.

South West Rocks local act, Sages Muse, will wrap-up a great day with their laid-back sounds and summer vibe. This popular and talented local group is made up of father and son members Greg and Joe Douglas and Peter Ball and Gary Habgood who still play for other local acts including Offshore. Band front-man Joe, winner of the 2012 Crescent Head Idol talent quest, started playing guitar on his Dad’s knee at a very early age. Now at the age of 22, he is a prolific song writer and he and the band bring his originals to life together, drawing you into an uplifting sound.

In addition to live music, the festival also offers the unique opportunity to experience the Mid North Coast’s living Aboriginal culture through the sharing of food, dance, workshops, discussion, cookery demonstrations, stories, weaving, canoes, arts, crafts and a special kid’s activity area.

 If you would like to take part in the festival as a volunteer, they would love to hear from you. Please click here for more information. Also, the festival is calling out for artists and craftspeople of Aboriginal heritage to take out stalls at the festival. For more information about the market stalls, click here.

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