Orchestrated by Maclean teenager Nash Crofton, Clarence Tunes is a home-grown music festival which aims to provide local performers with an opportunity to gain valuable experience and boost their confidence on stage in front of a live audience.
Nash told the Clarence Valley Independent he felt inspired to organise the event to help support the live music industry in the region, and the response from musicians and singer-songwriters keen to join the line-up has been incredibly positive.
“I felt the Clarence Valley music industry has been suffering lately because of the Covid-19 situation, and this would be a good way to give local musicians a platform to perform and show people their talents,” he said.
“I’m really into event organising as well.
“I enjoy putting shows together and watching how they turn out, and it’s a good way of giving something back to the community.”
After seeing popular local sensations including brilliant singer-songwriter Tullara and talented trio The McClymonts establish successful careers in the music industry, Nash said it was important for other young and upcoming performers to promote their artistry.
The initial planning for Clarence Tunes began in early 2021 after Nash approached several local businesses and consulted with event promoter Phil Nicholas from Events Delivered to attract sponsorship.
“Even when I was walking around and asking people if I could put up posters to promote Clarence Tunes, everyone was super supportive of the event and they all agreed it’s a great way to help the local music industry get back on its feet,” he said.
The list of confirmed performers for Clarence Tunes includes The Enns of the Earth, Paige and Sophie, Jorja White, Olivia Hinde and Eden Maitz.
And while he plays several instruments including the piano, mandolin, double bass and guitar, Nash said he won’t be adding his name to the growing list of performers.
“I’ll be happy just to watch,” he said.
Clarence Tunes will be held at the Maclean Showground on February 26 from 5pm.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online at www.clarencetunes.com.au or from a special pop-up box office at Barry Watts Oval in Maclean between 10am – 2pm, January 17, 22 and 29.
Attendees can also purchase tickets on arrival for $12.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the performers.
Nash is also encouraging young artists interested in participating in the music festival to visit the website and Clarence Tunes on Facebook for further information.
He is also hopeful of seeing Clarence Tunes become an annual event.
“It’d be great if we could host it each year,” he said.
“I really hope we see a good turnout next month.”
15-year-old Nash Crofton has organised a music festival, Clarence Tunes, to be held at the Maclean Showground next month to support local and emerging talent throughout the Clarence Valley. Image: contributed