World class music at Wintermoon

WORLD-CLASS musicians wowed the crowds at this year's Wintermoon festival, including former Redgum stars John Schumann and Hugh McDonald.
WORLD-CLASS musicians wowed the crowds at this year's Wintermoon festival, including former Redgum stars John Schumann and Hugh McDonald.

WORLD-CLASS musicians wowed the crowds at this year's Wintermoon festival, including former Redgum stars John Schumann and Hugh McDonald. On Saturday afternoon the pair performed their once-famous protest song "I was only 19" before a crowd of about 1000 people at the Southern Cross music stage.

Mr Schumann said the festival had "a really good vibe" telling organisers it was the best festival he'd attended in his long career.

Festival organiser Jenny Drake said Wintermoon was proving popular amongst musicians with many already enquiring for 2013.

Ms Drake said numbers were "slightly up" on previous years with around 2000 people on site at any one time, including 70 volunteers and about 80 musicians.

"We were very pleased with the attendance numbers and ecstatic about the wonderful weather," she said.

"It was a very gentle and good spirited festival - very ordered - we didn't have any trouble. Everybody was very well behaved and there was lots for the kiddies to do."

Ms Drake said organisers made a conscious decision not to sell fizzy drinks this year.

"The kids were all very well behaved - you never know - that might have had something to do with it," she said.

"Even the ice cream that was sold was all natural fruit ice cream, so we really try to keep it all healthy."

Whitsunday resident Kerrie McCallum-Coles has been taking her children to Wintermoon for 11 years and says she hasn't missed one yet.

"Over the years I've introduced a lot of people to Wintermoon who've not been before," she said.

"It's just such a wonderful safe sort of environment for kids and it's nice as a family to have something we've gone back to every single year - almost like a tradition. You pretty much go there and just leave the rest of the world behind for a little bit."

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