Vale Tom Walsh

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MITCH’s beloved Patron has passed away

The past and present committee members of Music in the Central Highlands (MITCH) are deeply saddened by the passing of our patron Tom Walsh.

Tom has been an inspiring mentor to countless musicians in the Region and beyond. His gentle wisdom and warm demeanour will be sorely missed.

Tom represented our last living link to music from a time that predated television, basked in its Australian sunshine and treasured its roots in Ireland.

Our sympathies go also to Mary and the Walsh family.

Tom has gone but will never be forgotten.

 The MITCH Committee past and present

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It has only been a year since our last Summer Concert but I’m sure that those of you that attended will not forget that eventful afternoon.

As we were about to begin the concert, the rain that had been threatening to fall, suddenly eventuated. Gary Prendergast, our unflappable co host fired up his tractor and tray and, as if by magic, our audience loaded chairs, music instruments and sound system. Within 15 minutes, we were cosily installed in his enormous shed.

The Session Trio, now far more famous than then, played a concert rich in sound and emotion. Kenny’s guitar transported many of the baby boomers back to their teenage years.

Liz Frencham and Robbie Melville, played a skilful set that thrilled the audience with their brave improvisations.

In between the sets, the rain also took a break and the audience enjoyed Hanging Rock wines and fingerfood on the expansive deck. Some took the opportunity to check out the golf course putting green and the Campaspe River views. A magic day.

This year, the venue will be the same, the weather will be fine and the music will be hot jazz and blues provided by the Macedon Ranges Music Collective with featured soloists.

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