WHAT'S ON

Gundaroo Music Festival returns for seventh year with The Black Sorrows to headline

The Black Sorrows will headline the Goulburn Toyota Gundaroo Music Festival on October 26.
The Black Sorrows will headline the Goulburn Toyota Gundaroo Music Festival on October 26.

Seven years on and the Gundaroo Music Festival still carries the legacy of late local musician Scott Windsor.

It was his wish to create a family-friendly event to support others affected by motor neurone disease (MND).

The festival has raised more than $150,000 for the cause and that number will go up again this year.

Australian blues rock band The Black Sorrows, formed by Rolling Stone 'Living Legend' Joe Camilleri, has been secured to headline the festival on October 26.

Other bands to catch on the main stage this year include Chasing Giants, Daryl James, Mike Vee's tribute to John Farnham, Harry Cleverdon, Blue Zoo Groove, Bluesmoke, Kashmir's tribute to Led Zeppelin, Montgomery Church, Rhiannon and Slammin Drams.

The festival was a bucket list item for Mr Windsor and he was able to see his dream come true in 2013 and 2014, but sadly didn't live to see the festival in its third year.

It was Mr Windsor's good friend Scott Harding who continued the festival in Mr Windsor's memory.

"When we got the news that he had MND, it was quite a shock. He was such a generous person, he was always willing to give and put others before himself. Even to the point when I said, let's raise some money for you and the family, he took off," Mr Harding said.

"When he came back, he said he had wanted to do a music festival for about ten years, so we decided to do a music festival and raise money for MND, but not for him.

"It was really interesting for me watching someone who was basically given a death sentence - 27 months diagnosis to death is the average for MND - and watch the positivity it gave him, waking up every morning and having a purpose."

NEVER GIVE UP: Goulburn Toyota Gundaroo Music Festival organiser Scott Harding has continued the event in honour of his friend and late local musician Scott Windsor. Photo: Hannah Sparks

NEVER GIVE UP: Goulburn Toyota Gundaroo Music Festival organiser Scott Harding has continued the event in honour of his friend and late local musician Scott Windsor. Photo: Hannah Sparks

The two met when Mr Harding and his family moved to Gundaroo in 2007.

"Scott was a very keen muso and my eldest, Lachlan, took up guitar and Dylan took up the drums. Scott was quite influential in encouraging Dylan to continue and to this day, he is in a number of bands," Mr Harding said.

The festival's motto is, "using music to bring people together", including those facing MND.

"It's such an insidious disease. There are the people who get directly impacted by it and all the carers, friends and family members who are left with a void," Mr Harding said.

"We want to support them; help them go through the grieving process."

"There is something for everyone at the festival," Mr Harding said, with a wide range of music, plus food and craft stalls, kids zones and fireworks at 8.30pm.

For the first time this year, three young artists selected from the Gundaroo Emerging Muso competition earlier in the year will have a chance to play alongside the big acts on the stage between 12.45 to 2pm. From there, one act will win ten hours in a recording studio.

"I would have loved for Scott to have seen that," Mr Harding said.

Everyone is welcome to bring an esky, chairs and picnic blankets and set-up for a day at the festival.

There will also be musicians playing in Gundaroo on Friday night and food and drink events on Sunday for those wanting to make a weekend of it.

Tickets are available through Ticketek or at the main gate on the day.

Adults are $30, concession is $20, a family pass (two adults and three children) is $70 and children aged 11 and under are free.

There is also free camping in the village and free shuttle buses from Canberra.

We care about what you think.

Have your say in the form below: