Festival of Small Halls Announces Winter Tour 2022: South Australia

Festival of Small Halls has announced that dynamic, playful, multi-instrumentalist duo Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan, along with the vibrant and captivating songsmith Chris Tamwoy, will be heading off on tour for the Festival of Small Halls Winter Tour 2022: South Australia. 

While previous tours have tucked in a handful of shows through the east of The Festival State, before continuing east to Victoria, this will be the first Festival of Small Halls tour to visit the small towns and villages of South Australia exclusively.  

Renowned festival producers Woodfordia Inc have crafted the 29th edition of this community centred regional music tour, a beloved project fast becoming an institution of regional Australia.  

Celebrating the tenth year as a touring festival, the Winter Tour 2022: South Australia will visit fourteen communities, from the seaside town of Robe to the very point of the Yorke Peninsula at  Marion Bay, and up through the Flinders Rangers along The Outback Highway to Beltana.  

The excitement has been building in South Australia for the last couple of years, with the last tour in the area getting abruptly cut short due to the pandemic. The team is back stronger than ever, with anticipation running in their veins, a handful of returning halls and a whole suite of new ones, this tour is set to warm hearts and bring grins across the state.  

“We are nothing short of thrilled to be embarking on our first all-South Australian Festival of Small  Halls Tour,” producer Eleanor Rigden says.  

“To be welcomed into such a variety of beautiful towns and villages is exciting enough, but to be doing it with artists of the quality of Chris Tamwoy and Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan feels too good to be true.  

“The incredible nature of Festival of Small Halls shows to leverage the quality of brilliant music to bring communities together and showcase of the best they have to offer is one of the best things about this magical tour. 

“We have been bowled over by the spirit of mateship, community and resilience that we’ve seen  across 9 years and almost 500 shows, and now we can’t wait to see how South Australia does it!”

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan are established touring musicians, and they’re itching to get back on the road.  

“We love playing in all manner of venues for all manner of audiences, and having played at  Woodford Folk Festival for many years, we were particularly chuffed when we were asked to be part of a Small Halls tour,” said Mal and Kylie. 

Apart, Mal and Kylie have had wonderous musical adventures, from Mal’s brain provoking songs and vocal techniques in many bands (Formidable Vegetable, Totally Gourdgeous), to Kylie’s  Orchestra Victoria Days, and playing with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Shirley Bassey. Performing together perpetuates a show of talent and creativity, horns and strings, into a delicately balanced musical pie.  

Co-billed with Mal and Kylie is Chris Tamwoy, a Torres Strait Islander musician and songwriter known for his percussive guitar style and shining presence of culture and warmth.  

“I am super excited about this tour and am looking forward to sharing my music with the crowd,” Chris said. 

Chris’s powerful performances have led to him sharing the stage with Birds of Tokyo and Colin Hay, as well as reaching the Grand Finals in Australia’s Got Talent in 2016. His debut album Reality Is showcases an inspiring collection of compositions, including a collaboration with Christine Anu in language on ‘Kulba Yaday’.  

The Festival of Small Halls Winter Tour 2022 starts on Wednesday 24th of August at the American  River Community Hall, before continuing on to thirteen more towns across South Australia. The tour concludes in Robe on Sunday, 11th September 2022. 

Tickets on sale from 13th July at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com

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