Folk star Darren Hanlon on home soil for opening

Darren Hanlon
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INTERNATIONAL folk star Darren Hanlon will be back on home turf as special guest perfomer at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival's opening night tonight.

The folk music favourite was delighted the festival fell on a week that he was back home in Gympie and was happy to play a few songs for opening night guests.

"I've always wanted to go to a Heart of Gold, but never been able to," said Darren, whose parents still live in the house where he grew up.

"Heart of Gold has always supported my music by screening my clips."

Darren was in LA last week having a drink with some film makers, who had some nice things to say about Gympie's short film festival.

"They said the Heart of Gold was their favourite festival of anywhere in the world - that the hospitality was second to none.

"They are working on films at the moment, so will no doubt be involved in Heart of Gold next year."

Darren will be heading back to America at the weekend to prepare for the recording of his sixth album.

He discovered an old classic analogue recording studio in Mississippi and will record his album between there and a studio in Nashville.

Limited tickets to opening night are available for $50, which includes canapés and a complementary drink on arrival with the lovely live background music by classical mandolin player Sue Flower, a session of some of the program's best films and entry to an after party where Darren will perform for guests and mingle with the crowd.

Other guests to attend opening night include Member for Gympie David Gibson, Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne and Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett.

To book your tickets, visit or phone the Heart of Gold office on 5482 4547.

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