The all singing, guitar playing, whip cracking stockman Lachie Cossor is bringing his well known Outback Stockman show to the Holbrook Hotel.
Just home from his season performing at Longreach’s Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Lachie will have crowds learning and laughing at the same time as he stages a variety of acts in his one hour show on 8 November.
While comedy is a big part of the show’s appeal, Lachie, a third-generation stockman, tells the story of real-life men and women who work on the land.
Crowd favourite, the 1000-kilogram Brahman bull Barney, will be a part of the show along with Lachie’s performing horses Gibson and Romeo, and sheep and working dogs.
You can also expect a bit of crowd participation.
“I haven’t performed at home here since Australia Day and I’m looking forward to bringing a bit of the outback to Holbrook,” said Lachie.
“I’ve just got back from spending six months at Longreach and I’ve got some shows lined up in Tasmania but I’m really hoping the Holbrook show will be popular.”
The travelling showman of two decades says he loves the interaction, getting the crowd involved with his show and basically “making people happy”.
“It would be good to build these up to a few shows a week,” he said.
“There are so many coaches travelling between Melbourne and Sydney and Melbourne and Canberra, it would be good if we could get at least a third of them to stop in the area.”
The Holbrook Show in November will also feature Lachie’s wife Tracy-Lee, son Zaydan, 15 and daughter Hannah, 19.
“The show at Holbrook will be like the show I do at the Hall of Fame. Tracy-Lee and the kids used to come to Longreach with me – they don’t anymore but they’ll be in this one.”
Lachie has been entertaining crowds for 20 years and working at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach for 11. He loves a good singalong and, like every good showman, has produced a CD which includes songs he has written (yes, you can buy them at the show).
Holbrook Hotel’s event manager Meg Collins said she expected the show to be popular with locals as “everyone loves Lachie”.
“He’s your classic local larrikin,” she said.
“But he also has a saddlery in town, his wife Tracy-Lee has been here for many years, and they are a well established family in the region. Lachie grew up in Yackandandah, which is just across the border, and having that local connection is wonderful.
“The show will suit all ages. Kids will love it as there are animals and singing and adults will love it because it is genuinely hilarious.”
Holbrook Hotel stages a range of events which focus on food and fun family activities.
“We are really trying to utilise our outdoor area and promoting that we have this awesome space which is really quite versatile. We had a truck as a stage out there for the Danny Phegan concert and now we are having a stockman’s show.”
The show is set for 11:30 am with arrival at 11 am. Tickets are $30 adult, $70 family and more info can be found here.