Local singers to support farmers at Drought Relief Concert

Organisers Vicki Walsh and Louise Saint John will perform during the Drought Relief Concert at the Young Golf Club later this month.
Organisers Vicki Walsh and Louise Saint John will perform during the Drought Relief Concert at the Young Golf Club later this month.

Local singers are banding together and will use their voices to help raise funds for farmers battling the dry conditions.

More than 10 singers and bands will come together later this month to perform at a Drought Relief Concert at the Young Golf Club.

The event is being organised by local artists Louise Saint John and Vicki Walsh.

Ms Saint John, who has experienced living on the land during drought, said she felt she needed to do something to help.

“I had been married to a grazier for 24 years and we went through a drought in 1982 out at Rye Park and two of the paddocks were like a sandy desert. I basically know what farmers are going through and I felt that we needed to do something to help,” Ms Saint John said.

“All the artists have volunteered their services free to come and play. 

“There’s local artists, some from Cootamundra, Goulburn and Rye Park.”

Ms Walsh lives at a property which relies on rain tanks – “if there’s no rain, there’s no water”, she said.

“I sort of understand what our farmers our going through as well,” Ms Walsh said.

The Drought Relief Concert is on October 28 and is being supported by the Young S and C Club and the Young Golf Club.

Artists will perform 20 minutes to 40 minutes sets each.

Performers include organisers Louise Saint John and Vicki Walsh, Kerry Shaw, Rebecca Hogan, Jim Lamb, Kerry Holm, Brian Nolan, Alex Winnell, Noel Bridge, Country Keys and Strings and Lugh Damen.

“They’re all quite happy to do a little bit for the farmers,” Ms Saint John said.

“Hopefully we have good day and people have a good time. I’ve organised things like this before and it’s really good fun. There’s a bit of work getting it organised but it’s always good on the day.

“We just only hope we raise a bit that we can send to them. It’ll help a family or a couple of families maybe.”

The concert will take place from 11am till 4pm at the auditorium at the Golf Club. 

Ticket entry is $5 per person or $10 for family with all money going to farmers.