Sister act to shine at Morisset festival

SISTER ACT: Cec van der Kamp, left, and Em Palmer are The Rough Diamonds. Picture: Jamieson Murphy
SISTER ACT: Cec van der Kamp, left, and Em Palmer are The Rough Diamonds. Picture: Jamieson Murphy

POPULAR local sister act, The Rough Diamonds, will headline the musical entertainment at the Morisset Community Festival this Sunday.

Morisset Showground will again host the annual family-friendly show.

It will be something of a happy homecoming performance for the Morisset girls, Cec van der Kamp and Em Palmer, who marked their return to gigs with a breakthrough performance at the three-day Campfire Festival at Hope Estate, Pokolbin, in March.

They were one of 10 emerging acts chosen by public vote to perform on the same card as artists such as Kasey Chambers, The John Butler Trio, Lee Kernaghan and Shannon Noll.

"We were pinching ourselves that this was really happening," Em, 33, said.

"We were shown to our trailer in the VIP area, given our 'access all areas' passes and were feeling pretty good.

"Performing on the massive stage at Hope Estate, looking out at the die-hard fans enduring the rain, singing along to our original songs, was an experience we'll not soon forget.

"Being escorted by security to the merchandise tent after our set to meet and greet fans and sign autographs - the whole experience was amazing and quite surreal."

The Rough Diamonds music is hard to define but easy to like: think contemporary acoustic country and folk. Their sound is big on harmonies and rich in heartfelt emotion.

The Rough Diamonds will be the final act of the day, on stage at about 12.50pm.

The stage program will kick off with Slingshot at 9.15am.

Performances by local dance studios - including Fiona's Studio of Dance, Lee Academy and MAD Dance - will be a feature of the program.

Entry to the festival costs $5 a vehicle or $2 an adult, and $1 a child.

■ Visit morissetcommunityfestival.net for the festival program.

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