Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mustering the Troops

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mustering the Troops

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IN ITS 33rd year, the Gympie Music Muster boasts the quintessential Australian country music experience.

Every year, thousands of festival goers are attracted to the Gympie Music Muster by the smorgasbord of diverse programs, rich with our country's finest musicians, the bush setting and the inviting whiffs of campfire cooking and fresh bush eucalypt.

The Muster is more than just a spectacular celebration of music, it's Australia's biggest charity music festival.

More than 50 community groups and more than 2000 volunteers help the Gympie Music Muster team stage this non-profit, community-based event to raise funds for charities Australia-wide.

In 2014, the Muster is aiming to surpass $15m of giving to rural and regional communities.

Led by multi award winners Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson and Kasey Chambers, this year's artist release reads like a who's who in Australian country music, as well as some of the best in folk, bluegrass, alternative country and blues.

Every Australian Golden Guitar winner from this year's Country Music Awards will be performing at the Muster, including Album of the Year and Female Artist of the year winner Sara Storer and Group or Duo of the Year winner O'Shea.

Overall, the line-up will feature all 10 of the Australian Golden Guitar recipients, who between them have won an impressive 14 awards.

The country side of the program is rounded off by some of the genres biggest stars, including Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, McAllister Kemp and the official Muster Ambassadors for 2014, The McClymonts. …

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