Tall Poppy Tez.

Wintermoon brings heart and soul

WHEN "the fastest fiddler ever" takes to the stage at the Wintermoon Festival this weekend, organiser Shanna Souvlis says people will have no option but to dance themselves to complete exhaustion.

"Come Saturday night the stage will be rocking and everyone will be dancing," she said.

"When the Round Mountain Girls take to the stage with the fastest fiddler you have ever seen, you will dance until about ready for a heart attack."

Situated on a "beautiful old orchard" at the north-east edge of Eungella National Park, Wintermoon Festival celebrates folk and acoustic music.

For the first time in 19 years the festival, running from today until Sunday, looks set to book out.

"This is one of the most unique events around. It's really sweet and is all about the heart and soul," Mrs Souvlis said.

"And this year we are set for the best one ever."

Mrs Souvlis described the family festival as being like the Woodford Folk Festival 25 years ago.

As well as stage music and a song writing competition, musicians put on workshops where people can learn how to play instruments for free. Visitors should also look for roving artists such as Terry Circus (right), who will be strutting about serenading on stilts as "Tall Poppy Tez" and teaching circus skills."There will be plenty on for kids, but the highlight would be floating down the creek, across the road from the Wintermoon site, on tyres.

"Or if you want to just sit under a beautiful tree dripping with lemons or oranges, you can do that too."

Each morning either yoga and meditation or big burger and pancake breakfasts will draw campers out of tents.

Food stalls will offer a variety of dishes, from Hungarian food to wood-fired pizza, organics and coffee.


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