Now is the time to secure your tickets for Bello Winter Music’s Opening Night Gala, the star studded event on Thursday 12 July that gets the festival party started and sells out every year.
Headlining the Opening Night Gala this year is the inimitable Deb Conway with her musical life partner Willy Zygier.
Beloved Do Re Mi frontwoman Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, love, loss, memory, the mundane and the spiritual.
Restless and confounding, her powerful voice and presence has fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated; Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.
Also gracing the stage on Opening Night are legendary African guitarist from the golden era of Malian music Moussa Diakite with his band Wassado, Festival patron and Bellingen bred Jack Carty with Gus Gardiner showcasing beautiful new tunes from their recently released album Hospital Hill,
the powerhouse vocals of Zimbabwean born songstress Thando, the thrilling cross-cultural experience that is the Ethno Folk Orchestra, the passion and emotion of New Zealand born singer songwriter Tony Rowley of Titan Sky and a special performance by one of the yet-to-be-announced winners of this year’s Youth Mentorship Program.
Last but not least, the whole evening will be MC’d by comedian and festival favourite Mandy Nolan.
Bellingen Shire is a secret Australian hamlet along the Waterfall Way on the NSW mid-north coast. This region is popular for its unique landscape where the Great Dividing Range almost touches the sea. It boasts a diverse history and proud indigenous culture, and is home to an eclectic and supportive community of farmers, alternative lifestylers, tree-changers, and families who have called this region home for generations. Interesting in so many ways and with so much to offer, it’s no wonder visitors return time & time again, while other never leave…