Seventh year and counting

February 17, 2018

Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen perform at the Riverboats Music Festival. Photo by Luke Hemer.

RIVERBOATS has grown to be one of the premier events in music.

Being able to bring a festival with an established name to town is something organiser David Frazer is incredibly proud of.

‘‘We’ve seen the festival grow quite a bit,’’ Mr Frazer said.

‘‘This is our seventh year since we started and it’s given us an opportunity to expose some great Australian talent to the people of Echuca-Moama.

‘‘We’ve been lucky to have slowly gotten bigger names, getting to have guys like Dan Sultan and Paul Kelly play the show has been amazing.’’

Being able to draw some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry has been a blessing for Mr Frazer.

‘‘As the event has grown, more people are willing to look at the idea of playing the show to the point that it’s now seen as a big deal to play Riverboats, so we get a far stronger response when we talk to people about possibly playing the show,’’ he said.

For Mr Frazer, the highlight in his time with the festival was the appearance of Paul Kelly.

‘‘Paul is such a huge name in the industry, everyone knows his music. He’s so well loved in the music world,’’ he said.

‘‘So getting the opportunity to have him play our event, that’s the kind of thing you don’t forget. You feel as if you have really accomplished something.’’

This year, Mr Frazer has upped the ante, booking two major names for the show.

‘‘Getting to have someone like Kasey Chambers is fantastic, again her music is essential listening in Australia, she is well loved and respected so I can’t wait to have her play,’’ he said.

But for Mr Frazer, the highlight will be Neil Finn.

‘‘Like many people, I grew up on Crowded House’s music. Their music, as well as the work that Neil did with Split Enz, the Finn Brothers and his solo work is some of the most amazing music you will ever listen to,’’ he said.

‘‘Plus you have the added bonus of Liam, who is starting to get recognised for his own talents too.’’

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