Country Winter Ball to reignite regional live music scene

Country band BREWN and Ben Ransom will be the headline acts for the Country Winter Ball. Photo: supplied.
Country band BREWN and Ben Ransom will be the headline acts for the Country Winter Ball. Photo: supplied.

The idea for the Country Winter Ball in Majors Creek was decided after BREWN lead singer Mick Bond and Braidwood FM station manager Gordon Waters began a discussion on winter activities.

As the conversation developed, the two realised Braidwood, like many towns across the region in winter, would go into hibernation.

So the two decided to break this cycle and believed a mini festival would be the perfect idea.

The Country Winter Ball, which will be held on August 19, boasts six acts, including two headliners, BREWN and Ben Ransom.

Ransom currently holds number one on the Country Music Charts following the release of his recent single, Let’s Go Driving. BREWN have also just released their second single, Carolyn

Other acts performing on the night are Ingrid Mae, Lochlann Bond, Aileen and Rubydear. 

Mr Bond, who is also the brain child of Country Rocks, organises performances across the region, showcasing upcoming and established artists.

He said events like these were particularly important, as country music was all about regional Australia.

“The genre is supported by regional Australia, it’s time to give back to regional Australia. There’s no point only performing in major cities,” he said.

“We need to give back to the community. We need to make sure that we raise the event and help give back to the towns.

“That’s really what it comes down to.” 

This will be the first time a festival of this nature will be organised in Majors Creek.

The night will include free camping, a BBQ supplied by the Majors Creek Progress Association and the Tiandi food truck. 

Mr Bond said the Braidwood community had been extremely receptive to the festival and had always appreciated country music.

“They really get behind it,” he said. 

“Country music is about real life here. The community and family, there is definitely an enthusiasm and appreciation that you cannot find in the city.” 

Mr Waters said there has been a tremendous response so far, with many from outside the region booking tickets.

“There are two factors. For these artists, they get to play to an audience and the audience can hear what their music is all about,” he said.

“But also, the community can come together to enjoy the live music scene.”

He admitted a regular and strong live music scene had been non existent in regional areas like Braidwood, but believed it could be revitalised.

  • Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased on countryrocks.com.au/tickets.