Horsham Carols by Candlelight band tunes up

HORSHAM Carols by Candlelight musical director and band leader Jono Martin believes Sunday’s event has something for everyone.

Mr Martin has been involved with the event for nearly two decades.

He will play guitar at the carols, along with Andy Leslie.

Mr Martin said Lisa Thomas would feature on keyboard, her brother-in-law Phil Thomas on bass and Joel Adams on drums.

He said the band had been rehearsing for four weeks.

Mr Martin said the band would take a different tack from previous years, performing an instrumental piece.

The piece was to the tune of God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.

Mr Martin said the instrumental would be a highlight of the band but was unsure how people would react.

“It will either be everyone in shock or everyone shouting and cheering,’’ he said.

“It’s a favourite for anyone who loves electric guitar stuff.’’

Mr Martin said the carols would take many different musical influences.

“There’s a bit of a country influence, like Carrie Underwood,’’ he said.

“There’s more acoustic. There’s also general rock sounds.’’

The carols are at Horsham Soundshell in Sawyer Park on Sunday, with pre-entertainment from 6.30pm.

They are split into two sections, with children’s entertainment, including a play The Greatest Story Ever Told first, and traditional carols to follow.

Carols events in the Wimmera

Nhill: Christmas parade and Carols by Candlelight. Tomorrow from 5.30pm at Jaypex Park.

Ararat: Carols by Candlelight. Sunday from 6pm in Alexandra Gardens.

Pomonal: Christmas carols. Sunday from 6.30pm in Pomonal Hall.

Horsham: Carols by Candlelight. Sunday from 7pm in Sawyer Park.

Apsley: Carols and Apsley Primary School concert. Sunday from 7.30pm in Apsley Town Hall.

Navarre: Christmas nativity play and carol service. Sunday from 8pm in Navarre Hall.

Woorak: Christmas celebrations. December 14 from 6.30pm in Woorak Public Hall.

Ouyen: Carols by Candlelight. December 15 from 7pm at Roxy Theatre.

Natimuk: Carols. December 15 from 7.30pm at Natimuk Nursing Home.

St Arnaud: Christmas procession followed by carols. December 20 from 6pm at St Arnaud Town Hall.

Stawell: Christmas Festival and Carols by Candlelight, December 20. Parade from 6.30pm in Main Street. Carols from 7.30pm in Stawell Town Hall.

Warracknabeal: Carols by Candlelight. December 22 from 7pm at Wheatland District Church.

Kaniva: Carols night. December 22 from 8pm in Kaniva Shire Hall.

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