Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Country Tasmanian festival aims to hit the high notes

Ange Boxall is one of Australia's finest country music singers who had stints in London and Nashville and has worked with artists including JD Souther, Jim Lauderdale and The Wrights. 

Tasmanian Boxall is also the founder and creative producer of ECHO: A Festival of the Senses, an eclectic three-day event on the east coast of the Apple Isle. 

ECHO runs from March 26-28 at Gala Mill at Cranbrook on the East Coast, and boasts a program bursting with Tasmania's cultural and culinary talent. 

While many other Tasmanian events center their programs and offerings on interstate and international artists, ECHO celebrates the vibrancy of the Island, working closely with visual artists, producers, chefs and musicians based across the regions and the songlines of Tasmania.



Boxall describes it as "a gathering of good souls and celebration of our community, history and the Island’s natural beauty".

The program at the heritage mill includes whisky, wine and gin tastings, oyster demonstrations, grape stomping and live music on the back of a truck. 

The new program The Gathering of the Clans, features selections from other Tasmanian festivals: The Unconformity, Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival and Junction Arts Festival.

This adults-only festival also connect with country and Lutruwita’s history and First Peoples . 

"The 2021 program celebrates everything at the heart of ECHO," says Boxall. "Community, stories, authentic experiences and the coming together of cultural and culinary legends. 

"It is a celebration and representation of who we are on the Island. More than ever, we crave these experiences and after the year we’ve all had, I can't wait to come back together.

"This past year has not only starved us of artistic and cultural experiences, we’ve been deprived on a sensory level - touch, shared tastes, sounds, and scent. ECHO warmly wakes us up, and takes us on a journey of exploration to reignite those senses, while forging unforgettable memories.”

Tickets are available via the ECHO website. 

https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/7b81c1f5-4f78-446f-a565-f30aba6a0e20


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