Live review: Gold Coast Folk Festival, Saturday 20 September

The Gold Coast Folk Festival was small, intimate and had a real genuine country feel about it like a mini Tamworth or mini Bluesfest.

The event was set in a perfect peaceful parkland setting. When I arrived it felt like I had stepped into the middle of the outback. Even a few flies added to the effect.

This non-glam down to earth festival was all about the music. It was family friendly and there were people of all ages from 0-80 there to enjoy folk, country and blue grass music. There were hay stacks scattered around, three different stages, interesting workshops, arts and craft stalls to wander around.

The first band I saw at the Coffee Shop Stage was Out Of Abingdon; an earthy acoustic duo playing smooth grooves on the double bass and guitar. They opened with an original track Come On Home from their new album and surprised us all with a unique hit cover treatment of Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head turning into an elegant soulful number.

I then wandered to the Club Stage to see Erwin Zerbe, a folky acoustic soloist who had a slightly senior crowd tapping their feet with a blend of originals and covers such as The Wanderer. Next at The Barn stage was Cool Grass a blue grass Melbourne quartet who entertained an eager crowd with a touch of theatrics and plenty of humour. I enjoyed the show and the vocal harmonies.

The last act I saw was The Round Mountain Girls, a five piece band who were vibrant, energetic and intent on getting everyone out of their zimmer frames and up dancing. The masculine front man reminded me of Bryan Adams somehow and their up-beat original like Fall Hard and interesting covers including Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas were a lot fun and the crowd was pumped.

It was hard to pull myself away but I had to get going. I only wish I could’ve returned on the Sunday to see Wes Carr and Quattro but sadly couldn’t make it.

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