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 2008 and 2009 festivals were of three days duration before moving to a four day festival in 2010.
In addition to conducting an annual festival we hold monthly gigs at the Horsham RSL. We have a dinner and 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 Coming Events for further details.
In 2011 the committee of Horsham Country Music Association decided to expand our activities holding night and morning shows in Warracknabeal in 2011 and 2012. Hopetoun enjoyed morning melodies in September 2012, Beulah in May 2013 and Goroke in August 2013. Minyip and Great Western were hosts to morning melodies in September and October 2014 and Goroke and Rupanyup in 2015.
On 31st January 2016 Horsham Country Music 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. Another A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon will be held in the Dooen Hall on 22nd May featuring Peter Coad and The Coad Sisters.
The 9th Horsham Country Music Festival will be held from 31st March to 3rd April 2016 (a week later this year due to the clash with Easter) with another excellent artist line up. New faces in 2016 will be Kiara Rodrigues, Graham Rodger, Kalesti Butler, Charlie McCracken, Robyn Quick, Gavin Chatelier and Joe Musico while Amber Joy Poulton and Michelle Little will be appearing at there 3rd Festivals and Brian Letton and Cynthia Lawrance at there second Festivals.
A feature of the Horsham Country Music Festival is that non professional “budding” country music artists and bush poets have the opportunity to show case there skills. There will be four opportunities for the non professionals to perform in 2016;
- Thursday 31st March at the Horsham Caravan Park—Walk Up country from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.
- Friday 1st April in Roberts Ave—Telstra Walk Up country from 9.30am to 1.00pm
- Saturday 2nd April in the Horsham Plaza—Horsham Plaza buskers from 9.00am to 11.30am
- Sunday 3rd April at Wilson Boltons—Wilson Bolton bush poets from 8.30am to 10.30am