Performing in 2018

  • Gregory North

    Gregory North

    Gregory North has a passion for performing. As a writer and performer of Australian Bush Poetry and yarns he loves to entertain. Greg’s quirky humour and wonderful gift for accents make his performances unique and memorable.

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  • Noel Stallard

    Noel Stallard

    Noel Stallard is well known for both his original bush poetry and his performances in character as John O’Brien.

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  • John Peel

    John Peel

    John Peel has twice won the original section of Tamworth’s Golden Damper Performance Bush Poetry Competition. His poems display his distinctive sense of humour.

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  • The Tin Shed Rattlers

    The Tin Shed Rattlers

    Since 1971 The Tin Shed Rattlers have been entertaining crowds from the Riverina area and beyond, with a wonderful selection of folk songs, entertainment and music, from Ireland, Scotland, England, America and of course, Australia…

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  • Brenda Joy

    Brenda Joy

    Brenda Joy is known as the “Darling of the Outback”. Her shows contain a mixture of comedy and song and have delighted audiences all around the country.

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  • The Poet & The Harpist

    The Poet & The Harpist

    Winners of the Victorian Bush Poetry & Music Association award 2012 for their Original song ‘Mighty Murray River‘. Tim’s stories, brought to life in song by Christine, evoke a passion for rural Australia.

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  • Me ‘n Me Mates

    Me ‘n Me Mates

    Three Aussie blokes presenting Australian ballads, songs and yarns. Including works from the Great Names of Australian Bush Poetry.

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  • Karen Lynne & Pat Drummond

    Karen Lynne & Pat Drummond

    Blue Mountains-based country/folk duo Pat Drummond and Karen Lynne have been performing separately and together for over 20 years. Their songs speak of their love for Australia and her people.

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History

Poet John O’Brien is the namesake of Narrandera’s flagship festival.

Narrandera was home to famed priest Monsignor Patrick Hartigan (1878-1952) who published his poetry under the nom de plume “John O’Brien”.

His best known poems include Said Hanrahan, Tangmalangaloo and Around the Boree Log. Books of his poetry are available at Narrandera’s Visitor Information Centre.

Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many who appreciate the great humanity and humour of “John O’Brien’s” poetry.

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