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Free concert brings big smiles to drought affected graziers

Lydia Burton, Friday May 16, 2014 - 16:24 EST
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Five hundred drought affected graziers enjoy country music artists Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley, during a free drought concert in Longreach. - ABC

A good dose of country music brought out many smiles in western Queensland last night.

A free drought concert had 500 graziers from around the Longreach area bopping and singing along to country classics with Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley.

John Milne from Loongana station, south of Longreach was at the concert and says "Troy and Adam we're in really good form, we got quite a few laughs tonight so it was great."

"We've got two seasons [at home]," says John.

"We've got drought conditions down this end of the place and the bottom end it is pretty good."

Grazier Susan Glasson had driven from Greenlaw Yaraka to see the two country artists.

She says they are very lucky as it looks very good at home "we've had anywhere from 5 to 10 inches for the year.

"Some areas are drying off but other areas still have a touch of green, so we couldn't be happier."

Susan says "the concert was terrific."

Fiona Hamilton from Denton, north west of Longreach, says "it is pretty dismal at home, it is probably been our worst year since we have been here and that's been 12 years.

"We are destocking pretty seriously at the moment.

"We have been looking forward to this [concert] for the whole week and anticipating the music and gathering with friends and they are just terrific entertainers."

Artist Troy Cassar-Daley says "there is not a lot of times you can do things like this, but when you hear the call, especially from the bush, it makes you just want to get out here as quick as you can to help.

"There are a lot of people out here that deserve a show and we are happy to try and do our best to cheer people up."

Artist Adam Harvey says "I reckon music's great therapy and I love it if we can come to a show and people can come along and forget about all their cares and their dramas just for a couple of hours and have a bit of a sing-along and a good laugh and it is a bit of escapism.

"I love my job and I figure if we can do that and these people can forget about their worries for a few hours here in Longreach, then we are doing our job."


- ABC

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