The Horsham Country Music Association was formed in 2006 with the first monthly gig held in 2007 and the inaugural Horsham Country Music Festival held in April 2008. The first two festivals were of three days duration before moving to a four day festival from 2010.
In addition to conducting an annual festival we hold monthly gigs at the Horsham RSL. We have a Dinner & Show on Thursday night at 6.30pm which costs $30 including a two course dinner followed by Morning Melodies on Friday morning at 9.30am which costs $12 including morning tea. See MONTHLY GIGS for further details.
On 31st January 2016 Horsham Country Music Association held A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon in the New Horsham Town Hall with Kiara Rodrigues and Trevor Keilar performing to a capacity crowd of 500. The afternoon raised $17,500 for the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project.
The 10th Horsham Country Music Festival will be held from 23rd to 26th March 2017 with another excellent artist line up. New faces in 2017 will be Joy Adams from New Zealand (our first international artist) and Justin Standley and Dennis Morgan from Victoria. Brian Letton, Johanna Hemara, Sandie Dodd and Col Perkins will be appearing for there third time while Graham Rodger, Kiara Rodrigues, Venessa Warra and Bill Gray will be performing for there second time.
A feature of the Horsham Country Music Festival is that non-professional “budding” country music artists have the opportunity to showcase their skills. There will be four opportunities for the non-professionals to perform in 2017;
- Thursday 23rd March at the Horsham Riverside Caravan Park — Walk Ups from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.
- Friday 24th March in Roberts Ave — Local Artists from 10:00am to 4:oopm (by invitation).
- Saturday 25th March in the Horsham Plaza — Horsham Plaza Busking Competition from 9:00am to 11:30am. Registrations required – Contact Lyall Wheaton.
- Sunday 26th March — Walk Up Country & Poets from 9:00am to 10:00am at Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park, Stawell Road. No registrations. MC Venessa Warra.
Whilst visiting Horsham for the Horsham Country Music Festival we recommend a short drive to the Yarriambiak Shire to view the disused silos that are being painted as a tourist attraction. The closest silo is at Sheep Hills (pictured below), which is only a 35 minute drive from Horsham. Brim and Patchewollock also feature painted silos.