James Fallon’s Wiradjuri Dance Troupe

Photo Credit: Manifeasto Photography  Attendance: 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2021 We are grateful to the Wiradjuri Dance Troupe, for their contribution of Welcome to Country through dance over the past number of years at the Winter Solstice. The Troupe performs at a number of events throughout the Albury Wodonga region.

Darren Wighton

Photo Credit: Manifeasto Photography Attendance: 2018 – current Darren Wighton has been conducting our Welcome to Country since 2018. From Wiradjeri country, Darren is an established aboriginal artist and cultural performer, who loves to share all things of a cultural nature in his role at Xavier High School in Albury. Darren was formerly the pastor […]

Archdeacon Father Peter Mcleod – Miller

Attendance: 2013 – current We are blessed in Albury to have such an outspoken yet sincere local priest. Father Peter has been in attendance of the Solstice since its inception, and opens every year with a prayer. We always feel Father Peter brings if not an air of holiness to our Solstice, at least just […]

The Scots School Pipe Band

Photo Credit: @ManifeastoPhotography Attendance: 2015 – 2021 The Scots Pipe Band helps to signal the opening of the Winter Solstice every year. We are grateful to the Scots school for their ongoing participation, to the performances of the Scots Dance troupe in 2015 and 2017.

Benny Williams

Photo Credit: Manifeasto Photography A passionate country folk singer-songwriter, Benny is from the hills of North East Victoria. He loves a secret garden session and the occasional festival appearance. Benny’s songs tell his story, a story of life growing up in the North East.

Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott is an award-winning journalist. He has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Financial Times and Sunday Times in London. Tim Elliott’s acclaimed book, Farewell To The Father, was written about his upbringing living with his father who suffered severe mental illness, and died by suicide when Tim […]

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts is a former NRL player, actor, and was the first rugby league professional in the world to have publicly declare himself as gay. To date, he is still the only male Australian professional rugby player to do so. He came out publicly in 1994, a controversial, groundbreaking admission at a time when homophobia […]