Backyard Balladeer plays for fair

Errol Gray, the Backyard Balladeer, will be one of the performers at Monday’s Orara Valley Fair.
Errol Gray, the Backyard Balladeer, will be one of the performers at Monday’s Orara Valley Fair. SUBMITTED

ERROL Gray, the Backyard Balladeer, will make the big trip from his home base at Sawtell to Upper Orara to entertain the crowd at Monday’s Orara Valley Fair.

The singer, songwriter and yarn spinner will bring his acoustic guitar, stomp box, harmonica and his distinctly Aussie sense of humour to the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve, where he will be one of the stars of the 32nd fair’s live entertainment program.

Errol Gray entertains audiences with songs and the occasional bush poem about every day situations drawn mainly from his own experiences.

His original repertoire ranges from bawdy ditties and folk tunes to classic ballads about love and loss.

With song titles like Working for Centrelink; They Wonder Why You Drink (about generation Y); Just Let it Rip (about farting in bed) and Turdulence (the dreaded bedpan); he has been described as a less rude version of Kevin Bloody Wilson, but he also does versions of Australian classic numbers from John Williamson to Cold Chisel.

He will share the stage at the fair on Monday with a number of other local performers, including Dave James with his Elvis and Friends show, Brittany Lee, who will be singing with her grandfather Bob Howson; Coffs Harbour Rhythmic Dancers, Kylie Walters’ Sacred Lotus belly dancing troupe and The Drum Co.

Other entertainment will include whip cracker Brian Fahey, a medieval village, foam sword fighting, Steve McEwan’s Reptile World, farm animals and a full program of children’s races, games, activities and events.

The fair opens from 10am to 4pm at the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve on Dairyville Road.

Phone Dianne 0437 347 842.

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