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Sunday By The River

February 20, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxed summer afternoon by the Avoca River in Avoca, under the shade of ancient gums, listening to smooth tunes and funky beats of live musicians. Sunday By The River Avoca starts with the McNaMarr Project the powerhouse vocal duo of John McNamara and Andrea Marr performing blues and soul. From Ararat come Orange Whip a formidable funk and soul cover band with a powerful brass line up.  Also live is Geoffrey Williams, a world-renowned performer. One man, a loop pedal and a whole lot of soul. Think Sly Stone colliding with The Beach Boys and a loop pedal on the dancefloor! Also performer are the Winter Berries, a three piece with a sweet, smooth seductive sound. Making a physical spectacle in this stunning parkland is Walk The Walls Parkour – a pop up where the fit can practice their spins, jumps, turn and tumbles with trained parkour instructors. (Parkour is the amazing street sport where participants use the built environment as an outdoor acrobatic circuit – Google it – it’s amazing!)

The Avoca will be down on the river flat serving their burger menu out of the BPE caravan. They will be accompanied by Luigi’s Gelato and Harvest Meal Crepes.

The Line Up

The McnaMarr Project
The McnaMarr Project is a collaboration between multi-award-winning blues artists Andrea Marr and John McNamara. In this stunning duo, two powerhouse voices combine to bring you soulful blues. Their album “Holla & Moan” (2019) entered the Australian Blues and Roots Charts at #2 receiving rave reviews in Australia, in the US and throughout Europe. They’ll be bringing their soulful blues to Sunday by the River in Avoca, 20 Feb 2022.

Orange Whip
Hailing from Ararat, Orange Whip is an edgy and energetic eight-piece blues, rock, funk, and soul band featuring a ripping horn section. The result is a high-energy performance that gets the crowd singing and dancing like crazy to our mix of reverse-engineered covers.

Geoffrey Williams
Geoffrey Williams is a singer songwriter performer with a career spanning over a quarter of a century. He is a loop-artist creating harmonies and grooves out of thin air. Think Experimental – beauty, harmonies and grooves! Geoffrey has written for world-renowned artists including Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield. He has played internationally and throughout Australia and will be bringing his experimental audio delights to Avoca for Sunday by the River, 20 Feb 2022.


The Winter Berries
Indie folk ‘n blues outfit, The Winter Berries, are back from hiatus dishing up their tastiest late summer tunes. The Winter Berries have performed at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the DAX centre for Art in Melbourne and at the BMI for White Night Ballarat. Their music;  mesmerising, cinematic and uplifting – with intricate guitar by Tom McGowan and intertwining harmonies by Sarah McMaster and George Williams.


Our local cafe’s are offering takeaway and picnic pack options for you to enjoy at the event. Check out the full list of takeaway options here https://visitpyrenees.com.au/grab-your-picnic-pack-for-sunday-by-the-river/



February 20, 2022
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Avoca River Bank
Dundas Street
Avoca, Victoria 3467 Australia
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