The plight of Australian farmers in ongoing drought conditions this year has touched many people’s hearts, including Campbelltown’s Maddi Lyn.
The country musician has spent the past few years touring around the state performing gigs in various small towns and has seen how the drought has impacted farmers.
Lyn said she was always well supported in rural communities and now wanted to make a positive contribution to the cause.
The 20-year-old has organised a Break the Drought, Sing it Out fundraising concert at Leumeah’s Wests Leagues Club on Saturday, December 9.
“This is my way to give something back,” Lyn said.
“It’s a small contribution to our farmers. Even a little bit of extra money can go a long way.”
Lyn is a long-time member of the Macarthur Country Music Club.
She will be joined on stage by fellow club members Paige McIvor, Jamie Stefanovic and Teleshia Eade.
Lyn’s good friends Molly G and Dan Henswood will also travel from New Zealand and Victoria respectively to perform.
Lyn said the concert would feature a range of country music, from classics through to country pop and songs featuring the banjo.
"It will be a full on country music night,” she said.
Lyn released her debut EP, Scars and Memories, earlier this year.
She said she grew up listening to country songs and was influenced by the likes of Kasey Chambers and Johnny Cash.
"I love country music because it tells a story different to every other genre,” she said.
Break the Drought, Sing it Out is being held to support the Buy a Bale Foundation.
Lyn said it was the first time she had organised a concert and thanked for her family for providing great support.
“I’ve never even performed at a show this big in Campbelltown before,” she said.
“It’s a bit nerve wracking but exciting.”
Lyn encouraged everyone to come along to the December 9 concert but said tickets were selling fast.
“The concert will be held in the club’s Jacaranda Room,” Lyn said.
“We have sold about 120 tickets already and the room fits about 150 people.”
Tickets are $15 per person while children under 13 enter free.
Doors open at 6pm and highlights will include raffles on the night.
Bookings: Eventbrite website.