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 11th Horsham Country Music Festival will be held from 22nd to 25th March 2018 with another excellent artist line up. New faces in 2018 will Norm Price from Yarrawonga, John O’Dea from Orroroo in SA, Robyn Gleeson from Warrnambool, and youngsters Lachie & Georgia McGennisken from Traralgan. Laura Downing, Dwayne Elix, Don Costa and Trevor Keilar will be returning after a spell of several years. Joy Adams from New Zealand and Justin Standley are both returning for their second festival after excellent debuts in 2017. The popular and talented Kiara Rodrigues is returning for her third consecutive 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 will be four opportunities for the non-professionals to perform in 2018;
- Thursday 22nd March at the Horsham Riverside Caravan Park — Walk Ups from 4:00pm to 5:30pm; No registration.
- Friday 23rd March in Roberts Ave — Local Artists from 10:00am to 4:oopm (by invitation).
- Saturday 24th March in the Horsham Plaza — Horsham Plaza Busking Competition from 9:00am to 11:30am. Registrations required – Contact Lyall Wheaton.
- Sunday 25th March — Walk Up Country & Poets from 9:00am to 10:15am at Wimmera Lakes Caravan Park, Stawell Road. No registrations.
Whilst visiting Horsham for the Horsham Country Music Festival we recommend you take a short drive to the Yarriambiak Shire to view the murals that have been painted on disused grain silos. Silos in Brim, Sheep Hills, and Rupanyup are all finished and proving to be very popular tourist attractions. Brim and Sheep Hills silos pictured below: