Each year Gemfest engages a variety of fabulous entertainers for our visitors, and the ample shaded seating presents a wonderful opportunity to take a break from your Gem hunting.
On the main stage we have all-day live music from some top-notch entertainers.
And, the entertainment does not confine itself to the stage… comedians and roving performers provide the most unexpected entertainment all over the Gemfest site…
(The performers change each year… to keep up-to-date with the acts that will be coming to Gemfest be sure to subscribe to our Gemfest Updates email newsletter, like us on Facebook, or check this page as we get closer to the event:
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While most will know Kalesti Butler, a 2011 CMAA Academy Of Country Music graduate for her bush ballads and traditional sound, over recent years Kalesti has wanted to explore the wider musical genre. Working with Robert Mackay from Pacific International Music on her upcoming album, has only reinforced Kalesti’s decision to add to her musical range.
Kalesti was thrilled to learn she had similar views with her producer about the industry, song choice, and the kind of album she wanted to create. Work was recently completely on her 2nd album “Airborne”, which was released at the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Born and raised on a cattle station in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Kalesti was just three when she made her stage debut. The 1985 Charters Towers Country Music Festival marked that milestone and by nine she was crowned the Queensland Champion of Champions.
Kalesti’s musical accolades include the 2011 Australian Bush Balladeer Star Quest in Tamworth, 2011 New Talent trophy at the Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards in Pittsworth QLD, 2012 New Talent at the Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards at the Bungendore Country Music Muster and winning the 2013 APRA Tamworth Songwriters Association New Songwriter Award.
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Adelaide Country Music Club, Nanango Muster, Mildura Country Music Festival, Camooweal Festival and the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week in Kempsey NSW are just some of the stages Kalesti has performed on.
When asked about her musical influences, Kalesti lists some of country music’s legends including Slim Dusty, Sara Storer, Tom T Hall, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Marty Stuart, George Jones, Terri Clark, and Graeme Connors.
After all of this entertainment and with a pocket full of sapphire jewellery you are probably hungry and thirsty. Fear not… there is plenty to satisfy you…