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Muster origins to be revisited at Widgee event

Widgee Country Music Club secretary Jennifer Murphy and patron Fabian Webb will be raising money for flood victims in April.
Widgee Country Music Club secretary Jennifer Murphy and patron Fabian Webb will be raising money for flood victims in April. Craig Warhurst

A JOURNEY back to simpler times will also be an excellent opportunity for country music lovers to help those trying to cope with a very contemporary issue - floods.

The Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster on the last weekend in April, will take Muster fans back to their origins, The Webb family's Thornside property at Widgee.

"In August last year we held a small event at the homestead, but this year we are taking it back to the site of the original Gympie Muster," Fabian Webb said yesterday.

Mr Webb, of the famous Webb Brothers band, is now patron and vice-president of the Widgee Country Music Club.

He recalled moments from his band's beginnings, along with the Bee Gees in Brisbane, right up to the original 4KQ Webb Brothers Country Music Muster in 1982.

This year's event, he said, would be run in aid of flood victims.

Backed by club secretary Jennifer Murphy, Mr Webb said the idea of recreating the primeval Muster emerged in a discussion with club president Mike Nolan.

"We are a non-profit organisation and we would like to support local charities and the local community," Mrs Murphy said.

But this year's proceeds would go to the Australian Red Cross, earmarked for work helping flood victims along Australia's eastern seaboard.

"We have put together an affordable family friendly event with plenty of big names," she said.

The event will be held at Thornside on April 26, 27 and 28.

Topics:  country music flooding widgee thornside country music muster

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