Performing in 2015

  • Noel Stallard

    Noel Stallard

    It just wouldn’t be the John O’Brien Festival without Noel Stallard, performing both as himself and as John O’Brien. We are happy to welcome Noel back again in 2015!…

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  • Gregory North

    Gregory North

    Winner of the Album of the Year and Single Recorded Performance of the Year at the  2014 Australian Bush Laureate Awards, and faithful curate to Noel’s John O’Brien, Gregory North will be returning in 2015.…

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  • Dingo’s Breakfast

    Dingo’s Breakfast

    Roger Montgomery, John Angliss, Helen Madigan & Tony Madigan are “The Dingo’s Breakfast“, WA’s popular touring folk act. They present an electrically eclectic dialectic selection of Oz Music, Poetry and Yarnspinning, with the accent firmly on Comedy.…

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  • Jim Haynes

    Jim Haynes

    A well-known name in the Australian Country Music scene, Jim Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, humourist, songwriter, historian and entertainer who specialises in all things Australian. Don’t miss him at the 2015 Festival!…

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  • Grant Luhrs

    Grant Luhrs

    Riverina local Grant Luhrs has been writing and performing Australian Country music since 1981, both as a solo performer and with The Chook Raffle Band. His shows are a mixture of the silly and the serious, and are always great entertainment.…

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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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