Soundshell rocks for huge audience

May 04, 2018

The Junkestra performance at the opening of the Girgarre Gargarro Soundshell drew an estimated crowd of 700. Photos: Jim Gow

POSTPONING the opening night of Girgarre’s Gargarro Soundshell certainly didn’t deter the crowd.

It’s estimated a staggering 700 people came to see the Junkestra perform.

And they all left blown away by the sounds recycled materials can make.

Junkestra composer Graeme Leak said he couldn’t have anticipated how well the performance would be received.

“It surpassed all expectations I had of the night,” Mr Leak said. “It was a huge audience, really impressed me how many people came out and they obviously came from far and wide.

“I think the extra week allowed us to be very well prepared.

‘‘A few people before that were a little bit nervous — but that one extra week of rehearsing under the belt held us in good stead.”

The Junkestra — which featured several members from Echuca-Moama — defied the odds to produce amazing music.

“I think a lot of people were surprised by the standard of music,’’ Mr Leak said.

“When you hear the word ‘Junkestra’ it doesn’t sound beautiful at all, but I think some of the sounds and music we were able to make was really beautiful.’’

Mr Leak thanked all the volunteers for making the night one to remember — in particular the CFA, who swallowed their pride and danced the night away.

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