TALENT: Noel Williams loved Australian-inspired music.
TALENT: Noel Williams loved Australian-inspired music. Contributed

Festival pays tribute to country legend Noel Williams

NOEL Williams was a friend to all he met.

Taking his guitar with him as he travelled Australia as a truckie, the dedicated country fan shared his music across the nation.

When Noel sadly passed away in September 2013, his family and friends were devastated.

His wife Wendy said many people still missed Noel's music today and fans had called her to let her know they were still playing his recordings at special events.

This was why she and daughter Penny decided to host the first Noel Williams Country Music Memorial Festival.

"He started playing the guitar very early in life. He loved Australian music and stories about the country," she said.

"He went to Tamworth Country Music Festival and had a lot of followers.

"All the people performing at the memorial festival have played with Noel at some stage or another and will all have stories about him."

Mrs Williams said she hoped to make the memorial festival an annual event.

"Jay B Douglas is also releasing his album on the day," she said.

"I think it'll end up in one big happy jam session."

Funds raised on the day will go to the Peak Pub social club, the rural fire brigade and towards organising next year's Noel Williams Country Music Memorial Festival.

The festival will be held at Peak Pub on Saturday from noon-10pm.

Entry costs $10 at the door for adults.

Children 12 years and under get in free.

Camping and caravanning are available by phoning 5467 2203.


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