ON STAGE: Singer Max Maher with poet Ray Essery.
ON STAGE: Singer Max Maher with poet Ray Essery.

Christmas music concert at Evans Head

MUSICIAN Max Maher was in bed some months ago and decided that iy was a shame all those wonderful Christmas music festivals of yesteryear were not being organised anymore.

So he decided to do it himself.

Back To The Old Days is the name of the music festival organised by Casino's Max Maher at the Kirkland Reserve in Evans Head for December 30.

The festival will include some country performers, some 1950s and 1960s rock'n'roll, and some teenage local performers.

The free event will include performances by poet Ray Essery, the Sunshine Coast's Rosanna Ruddick, Grafton's John Warren, Suburband Country also from Grafton, Kyogle's Diana Alvos and Jeff Gibson, plus three students from Kadina High School: Hannah Oliver, Laetitia Binetruy and Jade Gray, plus Yamba's Rozanna Muscat and Max Maher himself.

Mr Maher has been played music from age 6, and used to sing in floral carinvals in Lismore duing his teenage years, but gave music away for about 50 years.

"At Christmas time they had those music festivals at Evans Head, at Ballina and at Brunswick Heads," he said.

"Myself and other people used to sing at all of those concerts but in the 1960s all that ended.

"We've been going to Evans Head all our lives, and last year we were reminiscing and said to mt wife ' remember the concerts? Isn't a shame they don;t have them anymore? There is not much for teenagers to do.

"After seven months dealing with Government departments, I've got everyone on site."

Mr Maher said it was important to have Kadina High students Hannah Oliver, Laetitia Binetruy and Jade Gray in the line up.

"It is important because you must have music for the young people," he said.

"I sing Country music but not many young people like Country music."

Mr Maher said the event will be free but the Evans Head Surf Life Saver Club will be collecting coins in buckets to benefit the organisation.

Families will be able to enjoy the show as the event will start at 3pm, and it's set to conclude at 10pm.

GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

premium_icon GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

The RFS truck will probably be written off.

"Someone could have been injured or killed"

premium_icon "Someone could have been injured or killed"

An RFS crew sheltered in their truck as the grass fire overcame them

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