THE hard work put in by the volunteer committee behind the Terang Country Music Festival has not been lost on Beccy Cole.
She may be one of Australia’s highest profile country performers, but Cole knows nothing comes easy.
“I am really looking forward to playing in Terang, it’s a terrific line-up,” Cole said.
“I have been doing laps of the country performing since I was a kid.
“I get down this way once a year or so, places like Hamilton, and I have played at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
“The Terang Country Music Festival is all about the community, I know the committee has worked really hard to bring it together. It is all about the community and if I can do my bit to help the festival expand then I am very happy.”
Cole found her way to Terang on the recommendation of last year’s headline act, Adam Harvey, whose home town is Terang.
Harvey and Cole have recorded an album together, The Great Country Songbook Volume 2, which will be released on April 21. After her two shows at Terang on Saturday, Cole will head to Penrith to play a concert with Harvey.
While Harvey will not be at Terang, Cole has not ruled out the possibility of performing the odd duet.
“The great thing about the country music scene is we are all mates,” Cole said.
“So you never know who might get up and have a sing.”
Other acts joining Cole on the festival bill include Greg Champion, Annie Wall, Luke Austen, Fanny Lumsden, Georgia State Line, Tim Farren and Kiara Rodrigues.
The festival is held at the Terang Racecourse and begins on Friday night with a concert featuring south-west country performers. On Saturday morning, Greg Champion will host a show from 8.30am to 10am on the indoor stage. Action will then turn to the outdoor stage with music continuing through the day with a set from Cole to be a feature. Cole will be back on stage on Saturday night as part of the line up on the indoor stage for the hoedown. The festival will conclude on Sunday morning with a breakfast, hosted by Champion.