Four Winds concert stunning at Bermagui wharf: PHOTOS

THE Four Winds Festival free community concert on Easter Friday took place in the spectacular setting of the Bermagui Fisherman's Wharf.

This was a first as the free Friday concert is usually held on the town oval.

But the setting was stunning and the stage was the deck of the research catamaran vessel the MV Pelican 1 tethered out on Bermagui Harbour in front of the wharf.

The musicians were ferried out to the vessel on a punt.

School children from Bermagui and Candelo Primary Schools and Bega’s Mumbulla School worked with a professional paper lantern-maker during fourth term last year to make decorations that draped the MV Pelican.

The upstairs of the Bermagui Fisherman’s Wharf building was sealed off for those willing to pay a little extra for the spectacular view.

There were plenty of Narooma connections with all female indigenous group the Djaadjawan Dancers opening the concert with their wonderful dancing.

Also spotted were Narooma High School music teacher and Dan Efraemson and Four Winds volunteer and fellow Narooma music teacher Merinda Hurren.

Mr Efraemson performed with the opening act of Melanie Horsnell of Candelo and her band.

The Welcome to Country was given by elder Lou Davis, who spoke about how he and his brother were the first local Aboriginal boys to graduate from high school and how he went to work for editor Curly Annabel at the Bega District News.

He joked that now he enjoyed fishing but the leatherjackets were ruining it.

The concert went on until dark with the other performers being the Michelle Nicolle Quartet and the Kade Brown Trio.

The Easter Friday free concert signals the start of the Four Winds Festival proper out at Barraga Bay south of Bermagui on Saturday and Sunday.

The new Windsong Pavilion at the festival site meanwhile had also been opened by festival patron Neilma Gantner.

Click here to read more about the Four Winds Festival and other Easter activities 

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