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 the inaugural Horsham Country Music Festival then followed in April 2008.
Our last Festival will be held in 2019. For more info see FINAL FESTIVAL.
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 first two Horsham Country Music Festivals were three day events, before expanding to a four day festival from 2010. We invite artists from around the country (and even a few from overseas) to perform and entertain at various locations around the township of Horsham, Victoria.
In March 2018 we celebrated our 11th Horsham Country Music Festival – the biggest and best to date! We featured acts from across the country and around the world including for their first time, Norm Price from Yarrawonga, John O’Dea from Orroroo in SA, Robyn Gleeson from Warrnambool, and youngsters Lachie & Georgia McGennisken from Traralgan. Returning artists included Laura Downing, Dwayne Elix, Don Costa, Trevor Keilar, Joy Adams (from New Zealand) and Justin Standley, along with the popular Kiara Rodrigues marking her third festival.
A feature of the Horsham Country Music Festival is that non-professional “budding” country music artists have the opportunity to showcase their skills. There are four opportunities for the non-professionals to perform in 2019:
- Thursday 21st March at the Horsham Riverside Caravan Park — Walk Ups from 4:00pm to 5:30pm; No registration.
- Friday 22nd March in Roberts Ave — Local Artists from 10:00am to 4:oopm (by invitation).
- Saturday 23rd March in the Horsham Plaza — Horsham Plaza Busking Competition from 9:00am to 11:30am. Registrations required – Contact Lyall Wheaton.
- Sunday 24th March — Walk Up Country & Poets from 9:00am to 10:15am at Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park, Stawell Road.
On 31st 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 for the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project.
At the 2018 Horsham Country Music Festival a further $16,000 was donated to the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project to purchase 2 oncology chairs.
In October 2018 $8500 was donated to the Channel 9: Rotary: National Farmers Federation Drought Appeal.
Whilst visiting for the Horsham Country Music Festival we recommend taking a short drive through the Yarriambiak Shire to view the murals featured on disused grain silos, which are proving to be very popular tourist attractions.