The Horsham Country Music Association was formed in 2006 by a group of locals who shared similar tastes in music. We held our first monthly gig in 2007, and with a great deal of work and planning, the inaugural Horsham Country Music Festival followed in April 2008.
Monthly gigs are performed at the Horsham RSL. We have a Dinner & Show on Thursday night at 6.30pm which costs $35 including a two course dinner, followed by Morning Melodies on Friday morning at 10.00am which costs $15 including morning tea.
See MONTHLY GIGS for further details.
The Horsham Country Music Festival 2020:
PLANS FOR 2020 HORSHAM COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS.
Plans for the 13th Horsham Country Music Festival which will be held from the 26th to 29th March 2020 are ahead of schedule. Acting Festival Coordinator Lyall Wheaton said that enquiries and accommodation bookings are well ahead of expectations.
The 12th Horsham Country Music Festival which was held from the 21st to 24th March this year was to have been the “final” Festival however as a result of the record attendance and really positive feedback from patrons Horsham Rural City Council Mayor Mark Radford lead the move to keep the Festival alive.
Members of the original Horsham Country Music Festival Committee have agreed to join forces with the people that attended a Public Meeting to “Save the Festival ” are now working together to run what will be another highly successful event. Cr Pam Clarke is Chair and Andrea Hogan is Secretary.
Mr Wheaton who has been Festival Coordinator for all 13 Festivals said that the artist line up is Graham Rodger, Kiara Rodrigues and Don Costa from Queensland, Johanna Hemara, Stephen R Cheney, Dwayne Elix and Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters from New South Wales, Sandie Dodd, Justin Standley and Venessa Warra from Victoria and Joy Adams from New Zealand.
Mr Wheaton said that the Festival will run on a similar basis to previous years with additions being a Breakfast and Show at the Horsham Sports and Community Club on the saturday morning featuring Sandie Dodd and Graham Rodger while three artists Stephen R Cheney, Joy Adams and Sandra Loats will be performing at the Jung Market also on the saturday morning.
Walk Ups will be held at the Riverside Caravan Park on the thursday afternoon, the Busking Competition will be held at the Horsham Plaza on the saturday morning while a second Walk Up will be held at the Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park on the sunday morning.
Mr Wheaton said that people that want to go in the Walk Ups don’t need to register however people wanting to enter the Horsham Plaza Busking Competition on the saturday morning need to register by phoning him on 53811995.
The popular Dinner and Shows will be held on the sunday night with Justin Standley and Dwayne Elix at Toys, Stephen R Cheney and Johanna Hemara at the RSL and Don Costa and Venessa Warra at Glen Logan. Reservations for the Dinner and Shows open on 1st February.
Festival Passes which cost $75 for the 4 day Festival are now on sale at the Horsham Visitor Information Centre in O’Callaghans Parade.
- At the Horsham Riverside Caravan Park — Walk Ups from 3:30pm to 5:30pm; No registration.
- In the Horsham Soundshell — Local Artists from 10:00am to 3:30pm (by invitation).
- In the Horsham Plaza — Horsham Plaza Busking Competition from 9:30am to 11:30am. Registrations will be required
- Walk Up Country & Poets from 8:45am to 10:00am at Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park, Stawell Road.
In January 2016 Horsham Country Music Association held A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon with Kiara Rodrigues and Trevor Keilar performing to a capacity crowd of 500 in the new Horsham Town Hall. The afternoon raised $17,500 which was donated to the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project.
At the 2018 Horsham Country Music Festival a further $16,000 was raised for the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project to purchase 2 oncology chairs.
In October 2018 $8,500 was donated to the Channel 9: Rotary: National Farmers Federation Drought Appeal.
Silo Art Trail:
Whilst visiting for the Horsham Country Music Festival we recommend taking a short drive through the Yarriambiak Shire to view the numerous stunning murals featured on huge grain silos, which are proving to be very popular tourist attractions.