We were sitting 'round the campfire...
When a few mates gathered around a campfire, having some drinks and a yarn in 1979, they couldn't have imagined their idea would create a legacy for country music in WA and become a vital part of Boyup Brook’s identity, history and purpose. Since then, the small rural town with just 1,700 residents has hosted some of the biggest names in Australian Country Music and become the 'Country Music Capital of WA'.
The inaugural meeting of the Club was in August 1979, and the first Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and WA Country Music Awards were held in 1986 on the footy oval, with around 500 people. 35 years later it’s the oldest country music festival in WA with over 10,000 people attending and almost 200 artists across 14 events plus 60 street buskers, 20 community groups and 120 volunteers.
Over the years, the Club has gained national recognition for its work:
Regional Achievement & Community Events and Tourism awards (2015)
Regional Achievement & Community Events and Tourism awards (2007)
Australian Country Music Club of the Year (2002)
National Community Link in the arts category (2002 and 2000)