Photos from the Crookwell Mary Gilmore Festival

People travelled to Crookwell from Canberra, Melbourne, Taree and Mudgee for the celebrations of the Upper Lachlan's most famous daughter Dame Mary Gilmore on October 25-26.

Mary Gilmore Festival organiser Trevene Mattox said the organisers were delighted.

Stephen Lindsay officially opened the eight annual Dame Mary Gilmore Festival. Performers included the Taralga Ukulele Group, Maggie Somerville and the Southern Lights Vocal Academy.

The Performing Youth Showcase concert celebrated 21 young musicians and artists.

Major trophy winners:

  • Vocal: Misha O'Brien
  • Instrumental: Hannah Shipton
  • Band: Misplaced and Martyred
  • Duet: Tiarna and Taleisha Bill
  • Rising Star Awards - Ben Webster and Rhiannon Foster
  • The Stephen Lindsay Award: Misplaced and Martyred, Misha O'Brien, Hannah Shipton and Rhiannon Foster.

Organisers said, "the Southern Lights Academy Concert on Saturday evening once again provided the audience with amazing vocals, colourful costumes and an exciting repertoire."

On Sunday morning over-18's performers concluded a spectacular weekend.

Trophy winners:

  • Vocal: Maggie Somerville
  • Poetry: Equal first - Elaine Delaney and John Brennan
  • Instrumental: Lester Ives
  • Judges overall Award for Excellence: Misplaced and Martyred
  • People's Choice Awards:
  • Vocal: Tiarna and Taleisha Bill
  • Poetry: Laurie McDonald
  • Instrumental: Lester Ives
  • Rising Star: Mariah K

The Mary Gilmore Society wishes to thank all of the sponsors, participants and audience for their support, as well as Upper Lachlan Shire Council mayor John Stafford and councillor Brian McCormack for their words of encouragement and trophy presentations.