Hitch Up The Van And Get Hitched By Our Tania
Romance will certainly be in the air at the 5th Annual Clarence Valley Country Muster this October and you will have the unique opportunity to be married or renew your vows by our very own Tania Kernaghan.
Tania, a registered marriage celebrant, will help you re-tie the knot in a special ceremony only available to 2017 Muster attendees who book in advance. Tania will get the ball rolling by renewing the marriage vows of Glenn and Gayle Jones in a special ceremony at 9am on Sunday, October 29 on the Tex Morton stage. Those wanting to join the happy couple in re-matrimony need to pre-register on the website at a cost of $20 per couple.
After Tania officiates at the mass renewal service, each couple receives a certificate signed by her personally, and then joins the other renewally-weds for a free high tea in the gardens, washed down by a free small Passion Pop to add even more sparkle to the occasion. What a great way to celebrate your commitment to each other – and to country music – at the 5th 2017 Clarence Valley Country Muster.
The 2017 Clarence Valley Country Muster is the only festival appearance in Australia by Jett Williams, daughter of the late, great Hank Williams. On her first Down Under tour, Jett will perform 12 select dates in October-November. On Sunday, October 29, Jett will perform exclusively at the Muster, singing some of her daddy’s songs with Australia’s own version of the Drifting Cowboys. This is one seriously great band and features Rod Coe on bass; Kelvin Nolan on guitar; Dallas Southern on pedal steel and Brendan Crickmore on fiddle. (Hank didn’t have drummers in his band, so neither does his daughter).
Get a Hankering for what’s ahead on Thursday night, October 26, by trying out your own version of your favourite Hank Williams song. Hank fan Ray Essery will donate a trophy to the winner. Then, after the songs have been sung, settle back with some popcorn for the Hank Williams movie, I Saw The Light on the big screen. While you’re watching, think up a Hank memory to share with Jett when you meet her on Sunday.
The Gunbarrell Highwaymen – Terry Gordon, Reg Poole and Owen Blundell – who are all major Hank Williams fans, mark a significant milestone on their musical journey this Muster.
It’s now 28 years since the three amigos decided to join forces and head on down the Lost Highway as a country supergroup … and they’re still going strong.
Having toured Australia and New Zealand, and performed at most major festivals along the way, The Gunbarrell Highwaymen still don’t tire of each other’s company. There’s always plenty of laughs and the odd beverage or two consumed when the three friends meet. Why don’t you join them for a celebratory ale or two – and some great country music!
As a traditional country music festival, the Clarence Valley Country Muster attempts to pay its respects to Australia’s proud military past, this year saluting the Charge of Beersheba.
On Friday, October 27 at 1pm, Glenn Jones and two Light Horsemen will ride down the boulevard to honour those who took part in that seemingly “impossible” charge a century ago on a Turkish battlefield.
It is 100 years since the Charge of Beersheba by 800 members of the Australian 4th and 12th Light Horse.
While you’re in the district, why not consider doing the other special event at this time of year – the annual Jacaranda Festival? The picturesque town of Grafton comes alive under a canopy of purple from October 28-November 5, with events staged by local arts, crafts and sporting groups. There’s the crowning of the Jacaranda Queen and Princess, market stalls, music and fireworks along the mighty Clarence, a street parade and so much more.
Talk about timing – it would tie in perfectly with your visit to the Muster and allow you to extend your stay in our beautiful part of the world. www.jacarandafestival.com
Facilities at the muster site include:-
For more information and tickets to this great event and your chance to meet Whats Up Downunder’s Tania Kernaghan visit www.cvcmuster.com.au or give Wendy Gordon a call on 0432 741 947. But, get in quick as caravan spaces are filling fast.
Editor: John Westbury
Photos: Clarence Valley Muster