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WA’s country music capital packed with talent at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival

Craig DuncanBunbury Herald
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival
Camera IconBoyup Brook Country Music Festival Credit: Craig Duncan

WA’s country music capital was the place to be last weekend with bootscootin’, crazy cars and country music taking over Boyup Brook.

The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival rolled into town on Thursday, with dance workshops and songwriting courses keeping the early arrivals entertained.

The festival fully got into gear Saturday morning with the country music awards kicking off the celebrations.

Winner of the country music video award, Lynn Hazelton.
Camera IconWinner of the country music video award, Lynn Hazelton. Credit: Craig Duncan

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The festival began early afternoon with a slew of talented performers playing county beats until midnight.

Those who entered the festival early found local producers selling everything from tiny guitars and opossum pelts, as the truck and ute muster roared through the town.

The truck and ute muster at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.
Camera IconThe truck and ute muster at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. Credit: Craig Duncan
The line-up at the festival’s truck and ute muster.
Camera IconThe line-up at the festival’s truck and ute muster. Credit: Craig Duncan

The first opening act was Allan Caswell, with following performances from JoKeria, Dianne Lidsay and Peter Simpson, Brandon Poletti and the Eagleton Brothers, Helen Townsend and the Wayward Hearts, Troy Cassar-Daley, Bunbry’s own Codee-Lee and a final performance from people’s choice award winner Jonny Reid.

Boyup Brook Country Music Club president Jason Forsyth said the line-up this year had been fantastic.

“This amazing festival wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of our incredible committee who volunteer many hours in the years to make this happen,” he said.

“It’s really important for the emerging artists to get used to a large crowd.”

Billy Higginson gets a guitar signed by each artist to raise money for the local radio station.
Camera IconBilly Higginson gets a guitar signed by each artist to raise money for the local radio station. Credit: Craig Duncan
Dianne Lindsay.
Camera IconDianne Lindsay. Credit: Craig Duncan
Brandon Poletti.
Camera IconBrandon Poletti. Credit: Craig Duncan
Allan Caswell.
Camera IconAllan Caswell. Credit: Craig Duncan
JoKeria.
Camera IconJoKeria. Credit: Craig Duncan
Helen Townsend and the Wayward Hearts.
Camera IconHelen Townsend and the Wayward Hearts. Credit: Craig Duncan
Dianne Lindsay.
Camera IconDianne Lindsay. Credit: Craig Duncan

Beyond the stage festival goers partied through the night, with competitions testing their skills with a bull whip.

Amy Godden.
Camera IconAmy Godden. Credit: Craig Duncan
Heath Hynes.
Camera IconHeath Hynes. Credit: Craig Duncan
Byron Reid.
Camera IconByron Reid. Credit: Craig Duncan
A water truck turned the grounds into a quagmire.
Camera IconA water truck turned the grounds into a quagmire. Credit: Craig Duncan
Water spray keeps festival goers cool.
Camera IconWater spray keeps festival goers cool. Credit: Craig Duncan
Luke Fox, 3, embarrassed by the festival chaos.
Camera IconLuke Fox, 3, embarrassed by the festival chaos. Credit: Craig Duncan

Whist many others enjoyed the food vans, and country beats.

Lylah, 3, Amy and Sofia Hatton, nine months.
Camera IconLylah, 3, Amy and Sofia Hatton, nine months. Credit: Craig Duncan
Rose House and Danita Ballard.
Camera IconRose House and Danita Ballard. Credit: Craig Duncan
Michelle Kennedy-Baxter.
Camera IconMichelle Kennedy-Baxter. Credit: Craig Duncan
Bevan Hones and Caroline Gaffney.
Camera IconBevan Hones and Caroline Gaffney. Credit: Craig Duncan

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