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Clarence Valley band The Ninth Chapter will feature as part of an all-local music line-up at Riverlight Ulmarra next month. Image: Contributed

Local talent to light up Ulmarra

With less than a month until the launch of the inaugural community cultural festival Riverlight Ulmarra, an all-local music line up has been announced to play at the event, headlined by The Ninth Chapter who will ply their trademark funky groove and punchy horns, the Downriver Grommets under the tutelage of local music teacher Ryan Enns, and The Enns of the Earth, playing everything from bluegrass through to Ed Sheeran.

Event organiser Phil Nicholas said he purposefully invited local musicians to provide upbeat entertainment to compliment the awe-inspiring and memorable sight of the lantern procession.

“We’re very lucky to have the calibre of bands and talented musicians like these in our very own backyard, so it was an easy decision to book the line-up we have assembled for the night,” he said.

“As a festival with a local focus, but also appealing to the drive and overnight stay market, it’s important to showcase the best of what the Clarence Valley has.

“These performers certainly do that in spades.

“The event will kick off with the Downriver Grommets and The Enns of the Earth, with The Ninth Chapter bringing the good times to Bailey Park after the parade for a funky finale until 9pm.”

Riverlight Ulmarra will take place on May 14 and include music, food stalls and bar, and lantern making workshops from 2pm.

The historic village of Ulmarra and Clarence River will be showcased through a spectacular display of floating lanterns with creative input from master lantern maker Phill Relf of IKARA Celebratory Events, who is behind many well-known local and interstate lantern festivals.

Free lantern workshops will be held in the lead up to the event at the Brushgrove Hall on April 30, and May 1 and 7 between 11am and 4pm.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit riverlightulmarra.com.au