New Country Fest at a glance: Saturday at the New Country Brome Music Festival was a Big Hit

By Louise Smith

A general admission for Saturday’s music program was $80. But if you consider all the musical acts that were included, it was worth the price. The festival covered three days. There was a weekend pass but individually, Saturday was the most expensive day. This was the first year for the New Country Brome Music Festival on the Brome Fair grounds. The grandstand was the “small stage” for the festival and a huge temporary stage complete with full speakers and lights covered a good third of the area where rides are situated during Brome Fair. To watch acts on the small stage there were seats, but for the big three evening performances it was a standing audience space except for people who thought ahead and had brought folding chairs. I arrived in the afternoon just as Amelie Hall started her set on the grandstand. The crowd was fairly small but very enthusiastic. Amelie is a native of New Brunswick and she is fully bilingual. She sang songs both in English and in French. She is a singer and a songwriter with a special interest in country music. See full story in the July 30 edition of the Brome County News.

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