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Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering

Our Mission

The Penola Coonawarra Music Gathering Association’s mission is to provide a community supported event for performance and enjoyment of acoustic music, and the encouragement and development of performing artists.


The event is managed by the Penola Coonawarra Music Gathering Association Inc. which was established in March 2020 in response to the closing of the Frances Folk Gathering. A number of towns considered putting on this popular event but supported us due to Penola’s central location, superior park and tourism facilities.

There is no equivalent music festival in the Coonawarra area and this is an exciting initiative to lift the spirits of the local people and attract tourists to the area.

The committee of five members have extensive experience at the corporate level in Emergency Services, non-profit organisation conferences, programs, and events. It has forged strong links with the McCorquindale Park Management Committee, the Frances Folk Gathering Management Committee, the Sandford Bush Music Management Committee, and the Fleurieu Folk Festival Management Committee.  All who have history of running successful Music Festival and have given practical advice on staging this musical festival.

The objects of the association are to;

  • Provide a venue for acoustic music performers, followers, and the general public.

  • Encourage and mentor youth and local musicians by experienced full-time musicians, and to provide a venue for their performances.

  • Introduce and mentor school-aged children in performance and the appreciation of acoustic music.

  • Increase tourism to the region through the billing of top acoustic music performers.

  • Cross pollinate other Penola Coonawarra events by advertising them at our event

  • Create an event for service club fund raising, and for local business catering and promotion.

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Major Sponsors

Bendigo Bank Penola

Stand like Stone Foundation

Wattle Range Council


Penola High School

Pipers of Penola

Prince of Wales Hotel

Radis Estate

Rymill Wines

SAFM 107.1

Sotto il Noce B&B

Stand Like Stone

The Block

Toffee and Treats Penola

Tony Pasin MP

Wattle Range

Whistle Post Wines Estate

Windara Bakery

Amanda Rishworth MP

Balnaves of Coonawarra

Baxter Hire

Bellwether Wines

Coonawarra Jack Wines

Coonawarra Vignerons

Dale Cleves Music

Di Giorgio Wines

Koonara Wines

Lions Club of Penola

Majella Wines

Mountford Family Penola

Nan’s Cottage

Patrick of Coonawarra

Valued Sponsors
Raffle Sponsors

Coonawarra Vignerons

Dale Cleves Music

Deb Redman

Kathy Fennell

Peter Dinmore

Pipers of Penola

Toffee and Treats, Penola

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