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Free fireside singalong is coming to the Barossa Valley

There’s nothing better than curling up to a crackling campfire in the beautiful outdoors while connecting with others over music in the Barossa Valley.

There’s nothing better than curling up to a crackling campfire in the beautiful outdoors while connecting with others over music.

And this special event offers just that, with acclaimed vocalist Charmaine Jones and her choral ensemble the Gospo Collective.

You probably remember their powerful, passionate and energetic performances from their much-loved hits at the Adelaide Fringe, including Jackson vs Jackson and Jukebox Chorus — The Ultimate Australian Playlist. Think African rhythm meets western harmony and worlds of hymns and hip-hop.

Now, they will be supported by the Gospo Collective backing choir in bringing their feel-good music to the fireside at Whistler Wines, in the Barossa Valley.

Charmaine Jones. Picture: Meaghan Coles

There will also be a small appearance from the Barossa’s Big Black Caftan’s.

For this free, community event, attendees will be asked to join in for a sing-along.

Bring along the family for this unique 90-minute set, as well as some deck chairs and your own food, otherwise, you can purchase some delicious, sustainable food from Forage Supply Co.

You can enjoy a drop of Whistler Wines after purchasing a keepsake glass for $5.

Setting is key, and here you will be surrounded by the natural bush setting of Whistler Wines. The family-owned and operated winery produces a range of wines from its estate and boasts of sustainable practices.

This event is sure to bring out the sense of community and musicians in all of us.

Fireside Songs is the opening night of the weekend festival Barossa Contemporary: Festival for the Curious, which is a preview event for a planned arts and cultural festival, by artistic directors Ruth Blythman and Zac Tyler.

“Zac and I grew up in a region that developed our passion for the arts,” Ruth says.

“The Barossa filled us with support and the self-belief that we actually could achieve our wildest dreams. We believe a creatively rich and diverse society inspires innovation. Barossa Contemporary is our way of playing a part in building a prosperous future for our arts community, the Barossa and South Australia.”

Zac adds that the skills of South Australian artists are world-class and he’s excited to unleash them in one of our loved wine regions.

“We’re giving them a chance to express their art in a brand-new setting. Our creative concepts have been developed for people and spaces that intrigue and inspire us and we hope audiences will feel that connection as well,” he says.

Various events which push the boundaries of art, food and wine will be held over five venues in the Barossa Valley on October 8 and 9. For more information, head here.

Fireside Songs will be on October 8, the venue opens at 5.30pm and live music will be 7pm-9pm. For more information, head to the event page here.

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