Well, we all had such a great time at the 11th Gumeracha Medieval Fair!
The eleventh annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair was held on the 6th & 7th May in the lovely Federation Park. Once more, there was the promise of another two days of medieval fun and excitement. And wow! Did it happen? Yes! The crowds came in their thousands (especially on the Sunday this year) and we estimate that the total number has reached over the 15,000 mark for the entire weekend.
The King’s Horses Equestrian Group was one of the main attractions, showing off their “Jousting skill at arms” and the Knights and Vikings from local and interstate Medieval Re-enactment Groups were going at it in the Combat Arena again with increased vigour.
This year Paul, our falconer, introduced his peregrine falcon and promised us a full display for 2018 with Eagle, Owl and Falcon skills. We were also treated with the performances by the Ironclad Academy of the Sword Knights, Vikings (from simply everywhere!) as well as those determined Border Celts.
The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Cloudhouse Bellydancers, Gawler Irish Dancing Club, and theLancashire Witches!
The Viking encampments were full of the demonstrations of cooking and craftwork that was done in those early Iron Age days and patrons were able to wander through the village and see the demonstrations close up for themselves.
A feature this year, was the 16 foot Viking longboat built by Jorgen Jensen of Woodside. Again, this year Re-enactors came to Gumeracha from Queensland, N.S.W. and Victoria to join the many resident South Australians.
Once again musicians from across the state came to provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We were also very excited that Jack & Elley, Greenwood, Telenn Tri Group (with harp), the Nava Ensemble and Tamarisque were with us as well. The very popular “Merchants Lane” was also offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities. We have so many now they are spread over all the fairgrounds. The dedicated Children’s area had the Storytellers, Face painters, children’s Costume-maker, wooden Sword-making, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show and also a new Music Garden to ensure there was a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek was extremely popular once again with the new Section for the pampered Pooches!
More Food Merchants were again following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by. With foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area,Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine & Cheese Centre were there in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award winning beers and the Thistle Meadery serving a grand array of special flavours.
On Saturday night the Town Hall was alive with medieval feasting and BYO drinks (from the selection found in the Tavern) and lots of entertainment as well with “Top of the Torrens Players” as our Mein Hosts.
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors saw the village blacksmiths and chain maille makers hard at work in the “smithy”. The village always encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Felt-makers, Calligraphers, the Leatherworkers, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade.
We were also able to catch up with “Wizzy Woo the Wonder Wombat” and her friends as well. Past the village, patrons wandered down to find the Medieval Archery ground where they saw demonstrations with the famous English longbow. We also had another Music area above the Market too!
All this historical fun was being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the Fair net profits of over $20,000 will be dispersed back into the local community by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
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Dress up and come and join us next year on the 5th and 6th of May 2018!
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Enjoy a great Saturday evening meal on the deck or in the beer garden accompanied by the wonderful sounds of singer songwriter Indy. Playing live on the 17th March and every Saturday evening 6-9pm.
- Fossils Folk Concert in Loxton – featuring Peter Combe
- Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7:30pm
- Loxton Community Theatre
- Tickets online at bit.ly/fossils-loxton
- Close your eyes and remember a time when hair was long, clothes were all colour and crochet, jeans flared out to there and the sound of unforgettable melodies floated on the air. Singers like Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary sang of humanity, hope and activism. Step back in time with Fossils as they recreate these lilting harmonies. Join us for this fundraising concert for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and enjoy an unforgettable evening of great songs.
- Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/903396146481723/
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A performance of popular and not so well known Irish songs and ballads; a little country music, a few sets of popular songs with choruses for people to join in; all accompanied by a variety of instruments popular in Irish Music. Some stories; true, not so true, totally exaggerated and some outright lies; you get the opportunity to guess and pick true from false. The afternoon is designed to give people a chance warm up for Saint Patrick's which we will celebrate a week later - Saturday 17th of March - with a 12 hour extravaganza of Irish music at the same venue starting at 2:00 pm finishing late.
at Fidels Bar
66 wattle avenue, Royal Park 5109
Enjoy the Australian and Traditional Bush Dance Society's quarterly Mitcham Village folk dance. Music by the Adelaide Empire Band. All dances are called and you do not have to bring a partner.
1. Alex and Emma (AUS)
Alexander Black is a twenty-three year old SCALA award winning folk/singer-songwriter and local Adelaide musician. Currently working on his debut EP, he has definitively sought the pursuit of a serious existence as musical expeditionary, on a journey of artistic enlightenment; A lifer. He has firmly established his own voice as a storyteller of life, and death, and all the madness in between.
Emma Jayne is a twenty-two year old 2017 SCALA Grand Finalist. With her dulcet tones and songs from the heart, Emma Jayne is the true essence of a singer-songwriter. Compared to the likes of Sara Bareilles and Carrie Underwood, you’ll be captivated by Emma’s charming melodies and refreshingly real lyrics.
Enjoy a taste of contemporary pop/folk music as Alex and Emma combine their talents and invite you to lean in a little bit closer.
2. Scott Cook (CANADA)
Scott Cook (www.scottcook.net) has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He has already completed five tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Newstead, Illawarra, the National, and Yackandandah folk festivals. In the words of the UK’s RnR Magazine, “there’s nothing flash about Canada’s Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.”
Corin Raymond (www.corinraymond.com) is a legendary Canadian songwriter whose songs are covered by a far flung community of established roots musicians and campfire enthusiasts. Acoustic Guitar calls Raymond’s latest JUNO award-nominated album Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales… Romantic, immediate, and narcotic”, while The Globe and Mail says “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.”
The Qld duo Hussy Hicks go from boisterous blues and roots, to contemporary folk fortified with delicious vocal harmonies; alt country inspired tales from the road to 80’s style power ballads. Openers Michaela Jenke and her killer guitarist Reid Sampson will just be back from their Tamworth shows. Equine artist Yvette Frahn will exhibit. Wines from Ricca Terra Farms. Fabulous food from Forage Supply Co. What's not to love?More info and Tix at www.wombatflat.com