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  • Written by Sue McAullay



In a performance fit for a king, Gympie Music Muster performer Judah Kelly took out The Voice title last night with his moving rendition of Climb Every Mountain then his new single, Count On Me.

King Judah, as he’s come to be known, fought off stiff competition from the three other grand finalists - Lucy Sugerman, Hoseah Partsch, and Fasika Ayallew – to win a recording contract with Universal Music Australia. The Muster acknowledged Kelly’s talents several years ago when he was named runner-up in the 2011 Muster Talent Search.

Kelly has done himself proud throughout The Voice, from wowing the judges with Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey at the audition to bringing Australia to tears with his take on the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah. His success in the competition has also highlighted the diverse talent that Australian country music artists have to offer and he brings this to the Muster again this year.


The Muster has broadened its appeal this year, while remaining true to its roots, with a number of artists performing who have boosted their profiles and careers on television talent shows. The depth of talent and the variety of genres shows how much the event has to offer Muster goers, no matter what their musical tastes.

Muster headliner Jessica Mauboy was Australian Idol runner-up in 2006, Lyn Bowtell made it to the top 24 of this year’s season of The Voice, Dean Ray was the runner-up on the 2014 season of The X Factor Australia, Reece Mastin won X Factor in 2011, and Caitlyn Shadbolt placed fifth also on The X Factor Australia, in 2014.

Kelly last performed at the Muster in 2015 and is also a proud Queenslander, so will again be a highlight of the event, with plenty of local supporters.

The Gympie Music Muster showcases the best Aussie talent in a wide range of genres.

The Muster is the only place that Australian music lovers will see all these stars in one place this year.

The full list of performers is:

 Jessica Mauboy
Adam Brand - Busby Marou - Graeme Connors

Amber Lawrence - Travis Collins - Sunny Cowgirls
Catherine Britt - Fanny Lumsden - Troy Kemp
Caitlyn Shadbolt - Dean Ray - Adam Eckersley Band 
Reece Mastin - Davidson Brothers - Kirsty Lee Akers - Hillbilly Goats  - Bondi Cigars
Anne Kirkpatrick - Bushwackers - Mason Rack 
Chad Morgan - Missy Lancaster - Travellin’ Still
The Songs of Slim Dusty with Pete Denahy & the Travelling Country Band


Kaylens Rain – Chelsea Basham – Melanie Dyer – Joe Robinson 
Hussy Hicks Georgia Fall – Judah Kelly – Hurricane Fall 
The Killer Queen Experience – Viper Creek Band – Fred Smith
Kaylee Bell – Pete Denahy – Lyn Bowtell – Matt Cornell – Karin Page
Amber Lawrence With ‘The Kid’s Gone Country’ Show – Christie Lamb
Kyle Lionhart –
Blues Arcadia – Linc Phelps – Liam Brew
Tim Wheatley
– Darren Middleton – 8 Ball Aitken – Shelley & Lawrie Minson
The Electric 80's –
Jodie Direen – Simon Kinney Lewis Band
Bob Abbot & The Fabulous Green Machine – PC & The Biffs – Rachael Fahim
The Mercurys – The Faceless Men – Casey Barnes – Mitch King – Luella Widt Freya Hollick – Route 33 – Emma Beau – Seleen Mcalister – Mason Hope 
Alice Benfer – Mark Porter – Karrie Haywood – The Rock ‘N’ Roll Boys
The Muster Poets – Australian Institute Of Country Music 
Eighties Themed Party Night – Gympie Blues Club 
The Songwriters Sessions – ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ 
Toyota Starmaker Showcase – Fender Guitar Jam – 15 Minutes Of Fame
The Newgrass All-Star Showcase – Rock ‘N’ Roll Dancing – Line Dancing
The Music Makers

Held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest, the 2017 Muster will feature more than 100 artists in more than 300 performances across multiple stages. The artists cover a range of genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rockabilly. An unmissable event for music lovers, one ticket price gives Muster goers free camping and multi-venue access to all performances to experience everything Australia’s biggest country music celebration has to offer.

Run by the community, for the Community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception. Proceeds from this year’s Muster will again go to charity partner Mates4Mates to help Australian Defence Force personnel with mental and physical injuries as a result of their service.

The Muster runs from Thursday August 24 to Sunday August 27, 2017.

To book tickets visit or phone:
1300 GET TIX (1300 438 849).

Count on Me’ is available to download and stream on Apple Music HERE.

For images visit our Gympie Music Muster Album.


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