Willunga Oval

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Arvo on The Oval

The music must go on!

Even though COVID-19 restrictions mean that the annual three-day Fleurieu Folk Festival cannot be held this year, the planning committee has come up with an alternative – a wonderful outdoor afternoon concert featuring four well known and talented Australian musicians.

ARVO ON THE OVAL will be staged at the Willunga Recreation Park from 2 pm – 7 pm on Saturday 24 October. Gates open at 1 pm and all guests are required to conform to COVID-safe procedures. Taking to the stage will be Beccy Cole, Libby O’Donovan, Chris Finnen and Amber Joy Poulton.

For over 25 years, Beccy Cole has been delighting Australian music fans with her unique brand of true entertainment. The South Australian star’s glowing warmth, husky tones, bawdy sense of humour and hundred-watt smile have made her one of the nation’s most successful singer songwriters. She has a reputation for bringing an audience to fever pitch and, quite often, stomach clutching laughter!

Libby O’Donovan is renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed jazz and cabaret performer and an award-winning musical director. Libby has entertained audiences around the world with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. She is equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances.

The raw honesty of the blues is the lifeblood coursing through Chris Finnen’s music over four decades. He brings a wry twist to his original blues songs, adding sly humour to the lyrics, musing on everyday experiences and embracing a strong sense of community. His restless musical curiosity has seen him embrace a tapestry of varied cultural experiences.

Amber Joy Poulton is a multi-awarded South Australian singer songwriter and the star of the touring production Coal Miner’s Daughter, which has sold out theatres all over Australia including tours to Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland. Amber has always been entranced by traditional classics, how country music ‘used to be’.

In addition to enjoying the music of these talented artists, audience members will find out who has won the annual Judith Crossley Memorial Songwriting Award and hear their song performed in public for the first time. Also the winner of the Peter Thornton Memorial Award which is awarded to young emerging artists chosen by the Thornton family.

To enable COVID tracing, ticket numbers are extremely limited (under 400)
and available ONLINE ONLY through oztix.com.au (NO TICKETS AT THE GATE).
The cost is $60 for adults, $50 concession (holders of government pension concession cards, and student cards), and $50 for those aged 3 – 15 years.

There will be no vehicle access to the grounds except for those with a government-issued disability parking permit.

At the gate, each ticket holder will be given a ‘goodie bag’ containing a mask, sanitiser and a program. Bring your own chairs, rugs, cushions etc. There will be food and soft drinks available for purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an alcohol-free event – no BYO and no on-site sales.
But who needs alcohol when such a fabulous program is on offer?

Look forward to seeing you at ARVO ON THE OVAL.

Fleurieu Folk Festival Committee

2pm to 7pm

Wullunga Recreation Park
Wullunga, SA