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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  • 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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  • Me ‘N Me Mates

    Me ‘N Me Mates

    After wowing audiences in 2014 Me ‘N Me Mates return in 2015! Three Aussie blokes presenting Australian ballads, songs and yarns. Including works from the Great Names of Australian Bush Poetry.

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  • Tim Sheed & Christine Middleton

    Tim Sheed & Christine Middleton

    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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  • Griego the Great

    Griego the Great

    Griego the Great is a roving street performer and close-up magician. He wanders amongst the crowds at country shows, street carnivals, fêtes, and festivals, entertaining people with amazing feats of mental playing card magic.

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  • Leeton Town Band

    Leeton Town Band

    The Leeton Town Band is a group of over 30 volunteer musicians, who perform in and around Leeton, and the wider area, for public events and charities.

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  • Albury-Wodonga Pipes and Drums

    Albury-Wodonga Pipes and Drums

    Albury-Wodonga Pipes & Drums have been performing for the community and surrounding district over two decades. The band has 31 members aged from school students to retirees, who love to share their experience and enthusiasm.

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Major Festival Sponsors



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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John O’Brien Poetry Recital Competition

1st - Jack O’Connor  ‘Ownerless’

2nd - John Peel  ‘Twin Cylinders’

3rd - Caroline Tuohey  ’How Stumpy Made the Weight’

Bush Poetry Recital Competition – and the Jim Angel Award for Best Performance of Original Poetry

1st - John Peel

2nd - Andrew Whitehead

Jim Angel Award - John Peel

Open Writing Competition – with categories for poetry and short stories  

Poetry Section

1st - David Campbell ‘I Marched For Him’

2nd - Catherine Lee ‘Children of the ANZACs’

Short Story Section

1st - Mark Fowler ‘ANZAC Day’

2nd - Rebecca Clarke ‘The War Artist’

Busking Competition

1st - Shane Shepherd

2nd - Weevils in the Flower

Junior Winner - Rosa Bowen

Rotary Art Competition

Please contact the Rotary Club directly for information about the Art Competition winners

Best Window Display

1st - Mulhall & Close Narrandera Pharmacy



The team at Narrandera’s Visitor Information Centre are getting excited for the 2015 Festival. Check out the range of merchandise that they have on display. Get in early to ensure that you are ‘well versed’ in all things John O’Brien!