Not an idle man, in between organising these legendary events and tours as the promoter of Dashville, Matt "Magpie" Johnston is feeding his drive, crafting his songs inspired by love, food and life on the land.
Magpie along with his brothers and sister, grew up on the Belford property, kicking about the bush, learning his resourcefulness and looking for the next excite like all good adventurers. Eventually old enough to take flight, it was through a journey to the other side of the world, where he would discover his dream to return home to create what is now known as one of Australia's best festival venues. Throughout the cobblestones of Magpie's journey, the magic of Dashville is very much woven into the fabric of his laconic country tinged music.
There's a timeless quality to songs like 'If You're Hurtin'' and 'Strawberries and Cream' - with new recorded music looming, its exciting times for this laid back operator. Make sure you're front and centre when your Gum Ball host and his band take to the stage.