Challenging weather caused headaches for St Brigid’s Blues & Roots Festival organisers

RAIN and wind could not dampen the atmosphere at the St Brigid’s Blues & Roots Festival.

Now in its second year, organiser Brendan Dowd said the elements had caused some headaches but “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

SONGSTRESS: Fomer Koroit country singer Kayla Dwyer was popular with the crowds at the St Brigids Blues & Roots Festival. Picture: Rob Gunstone

SONGSTRESS: Fomer Koroit country singer Kayla Dwyer was popular with the crowds at the St Brigids Blues & Roots Festival. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Due to the challenging weather organisers had to pull the pin on dodgem cars and a jumping castle for kids.

Mr Dowd said unfortunately the planned wood-fired pizzas for Saturday had also been cancelled due to health and safety issues caused by the wind but alternative arrangements had been made.

He said the Koonatapool Kaweeynn Dancer’s Welcome to Country had been very well received by the crowd on Friday night and former Koroit country singer Kayla Dwyer had been a big hit.

He said on Friday night Wendy Sellings did her first solo ukulele performance and was hilarious. “The crowd has been slowly building,” he said.

“We just have to deal with what we’ve been dealt with.

“This is a learning curve for everyone. Like us the artists are mostly volunteering their time and they know the event goes on no matter what. Whether you’re playing to 10 people or 10,000 people you still give the same performance.

The festival at the Crossley Hall is a fundraiser for the Friends of St Brigid’s Association and the Crossley Men’s Shed.