Happy Hour back to entertain with all the favourites

Colin Anderson and Anthony Melton will entertain as Happy Hour at Farm Gate and the bar this year at Henty.

Mangoplah farmer and musician Anthony Melton, along with his mate Col Anderson, proved a hit with their duo Happy Hour at Henty last year and are back with an extended performance this year.

Field day visitors will be able to catch Happy Hour at the Farm Gate Produce Market stage at 9.45am-10.45am and 12pm-1.30pm each day, and on Thursday at the bar at 4pm-5pm.

And, this year, Anthony will be joined on the Farm Gate stage by his daughter, Tess, 14, and son Ben, 21, talented musicians in their own right.

As long time friends, Anthony and Col had formed their acoustic duo not long before the 2018 field days after playing together for many years in five-piece country music band, Wobbly Boot.

Happy Hour has since performed at the Aime St Clair Melanoma Trust fundraiser at the Urban Winery in Sydney in March and at regional pubs and functions.

The pair continues to play with Wobbly Boot but decided to branch out on the side with Happy Hour, concentrating on their harmonies.

“Our base player in Wobbly Boot is from Brisbane so there were a few gaps in the calendar we decided to fill,” Anthony said.

“We played a few gigs in Wagga and really enjoyed performing as an acoustic duo, with a big focus on harmonies.

“It has just grown from there – we play at weddings and functions around the region.”

The Melton family grows milling oats and breeds commercial Angus cattle.

“Colin works in a Wagga air conditioning business and is a talented musician who has played guitar and mandolin with many established Australian country artists,” Anthony said.

“I first played as a nine-year-old kid at an annual concert at the Pleasant Hills hall with my brother.

“We used to get dragged around by our mother to play at Mass every Sunday.

“My musical career began really playing in church – my mother and grandmother were very musical.

“It was great to get such good exposure for the duo last year at Henty – we had a lovely response from people of all ages having lunch in the food court.

“We have a wide range of material to suit all ages and can pull out modern material if there are younger people in the audience.

“We are definitely country flavour but delve into different areas to suit audiences.”

In June, Wobbly Boot was flown to Italy to play at several private business functions.

Anthony’s son and daughter, Ben and Tess, will perform in their own right on the Farm Gate stage.

A Year 8 student at Mater Dei Catholic College, Tess will perform as a soloist on Tuesday and Thursday, and with Ben, a guitarist, on Wednesday.

Tess writes her own music and plays the guitar, and has performed on Triple M Wagga and at Live on the Lachlan.

Anthony has had a long association with the field days – as a child attending with his parents and as an adult in an organisational capacity.

“I faintly remember as a child going to the old field days site near Henty,” he said.

“I still feel like I’m part of the family there.”