Russ Walker with his wife Melissa and their children Tewai and Maia, of Byron Bay.
Russ Walker with his wife Melissa and their children Tewai and Maia, of Byron Bay. Kate O’Neill

Russ Walker at Byron Bay carols

LAST year, Australian Idol winner Stan Walker performed at Byron Bay’s Carols by the Sea.

This year the former Byron resident will strut his stuff on the big stage at Sydney’s Carols in the Domain, being telecast on TV.

However, tonight’s Carols by the Sea will still feature a member of the Walker family, with Stan’s older brother Russell set to perform.

Carols by the Sea organiser Sharny Van Herp was happy to compare the voices of the Walker brothers.

“Russ is just as good as Stan,” Mrs Van Herp said.

It won’t just be Russell Walker taking centre stage. Mrs Van Herp and her choir will also share the limelight.

Tonight will be the fourth carols night in Byron Bay organised by Ms Van Herp and backed by business group Byron United.

Prior to taking over the reins, Mrs Van Herp had attended previous carols nights in Byron with a view to making them accessible for the whole community. She was invited to join a carols organising committee and hasn’t looked back.

For the last month, a 22-piece choir has been furiously rehearsing, making sure their vocal chords are in top shape for tonight’s performance.

“They are sounding pretty spiffy,” Mrs Van Herp said.

The choir will perform eight carols, and will also rip through a five-carol medley as part of its performance.

Santa will also make an appearance tonight. And while the kids will have to wait until Christmas Eve for their presents, there will be elves giving out goodies to the little ones who sing nice and loud.

Proceeds from the candles sold at Carols by the Sea will go to Stop The Traffic, a global charity working to end human trafficking.



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