Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Max's Christmas Gift to Evans

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Max's Christmas Gift to Evans

Article excerpt

MUSICIAN Max Maher was in bed some months ago and decided that it was a shame all the wonderful Christmas music festivals of yesteryear were not being organised any more.

So he decided to do it himself.

Back to the Old Days is the name of the music festival at the Kirkland Reserve in Evans Head on December 30.

The festival will include some country performers, some 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll, and some teenage local performers.

The free event will include performances by poet Ray Essery, the Sunshine Coast's Rosanna Ruddick, Grafton's John Warren, Suburband Country also from Grafton, Kyogle's Diana Alvos and Jeff Gibson, plus three students from Kadina High School: Hannah Oliver, Laetitia Binetruy and Jade Gray, plus Yamba's Rozanna Muscat and Max Maher himself.

Mr Maher has played music from age six, and used to sing in floral carnivals in Lismore during his teenage years, but gave music away for about 50 years.

"At Christmas time they had music festivals at Evans Head, at Ballina and at Brunswick Heads," he said. …

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