4 February, 2023
Gilgandra’s Australia Day Prelude Concert 2023
After a few years hiatus, the Australia Day Prelude Concert was back in action for 2023, with a sell-out audience and high-class local talent on offer.
Organised promptly by Stuart Border,
and MC’d by Andrew Schier, the Wednesday
night event showcased the best of
It was also a fitting tribute to
the original instigators of the prelude
concert, Terry Nangle and Don Kennaugh.
Although Mr Nangle was unable to
attend, Mr Kennaugh delighted the
crowd by performing a spoken verse ‘A
Man From Snowy River’.
Starting off strong with a Welcome to
Country by Ralph Naden OAM, this was
followed swiftly by the iconic duo of
Ralph on didgeridoo and Colin Mc-
Carthy on the mouth organ.
Event venue, the Gilgandra Services
Club once again delivered a delicious
dinner for the prelude crowd.
Many oldies but goodies, made an
appearance including Mr McCarthy,
Barrie Batten, Stuart Dougan, and sisters
Janet Cheal and Naomi McCutcheon
with classic true-blue songs, as well as
Dr Patrick Giltrap with an all-time
favourite of ‘The Hippopotamus Song’.
Not to mention the side-splitting comedian
Bobbie Paris, gracing the audience
with not one but two sets of laughter.
Other notable acts included Anne
Younghusband’s creation ‘A Stairy
Fory’, Peter Bensley with a musical
spoon’s rendition, and another family
duo of Maxine and Alana Elsom.
Newer acts, skits and faces graced the
Gilgandra Services Club stage as well,
with Trinity Spencer singing a Billie
Eilish number, as well as ‘Kev’, aka Greg
King, walking the audience through the
perfect way to make a Vegemite sandwich.
It wouldn’t be an Australia Day prelude
without making fun of the Aussie
culture, as presented perfectly by host
Stuart Border during his performance of
‘What rash is this?’, nor without a good
old robbery at the Bendigo Bank.
The evening was topped off with
Janet Cheal and Lucie Peart leading the
audience in the national anthem, as well
as the whole cast and crowd joining in
with ‘We Are Australian’.
All monies raised will go towards Gilgandra Red Cross and Legacy.