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Friday, April 8, 2011

Spiritual Refreshment At Sunday Gospel - Urban

Caboolture's Urban Country Music Festival will celebrate the strong link between gospel and country music on May 1 with a free concert filled with uplifting, inspirational and spiritual songs.

Sunshine Coast-based singer Steve Apirana, whose music has a bluesy feel and who knows how to get a crowd laughing, is the day’s first performer at the Caboolture Showgrounds Paddock from 10am. 

He’ll be followed by guitarist Rory O’Donnell, who is well known to Urban Country fans for his performances at previous festivals. Also on the program is up-and-coming Gold-Coast based muso Aaron Parry.

Aliki, who travels Australia and writes her own material, will both sing and provide insightful story telling when she performs at 11.45am and when she helps lead the Sunday Gospel celebration at 1pm.

The Combined Churches Network, which is sponsoring Sunday Gospel, is encouraging its members from throughout the region to attend the 1pm celebration.

But they’re hoping other festival goers will help swell their numbers even further for the event.

Sunday Gospel will wrap up with contemporary music from the Caboolture Christian Church’s band from 3.40pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free performances at Sunday Gospel with the program designed so festival goers can drop in for a few songs or stay for a few hours.

If you’re planning to stay for a while, make sure you bring a chair or a blanket, a hat and some sunscreen and even a shady umbrella to make your stay more comfortable.

To find out even more about what’s planned throughout the Queensland Labour Day Long weekend, visit the Urban Country Music Festival website at

The festival is proudly presented by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and major sponsors Grand Prix Mazda and Caboolture Shire Herald.

The Urban Country Music Festival is benefiting from funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP)

The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

A state-wide initiative, the program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.

Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $16.4 million has been invested in 762 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.