THE dance floor at the Ronald McDonald House Orange Carnivale on Saturday night will be pumping to the fantastic sounds of The Heydays.
The lineup, featuring powerhouse performers from Orange and Bathurst, includes drummer Dave Egan (previously Enormous Horns), prolific artists Pat and Kellie O’Donnell, Bathurst’s home-grown “piano man” Kyle Manning and guitarist Matt Arthur, who hails from the Sydney music scene.
The band is making a return appearance at the fundraising ball after a hugely successful gig last year and after playing support to Guy Sebastian at Bathurst’s Black Tie And Boots Ball last month.
The lineup performs hit after hit from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles and Cold Chisel to The Divinyls, Kings of Leon and more.
Pat and Kellie O’Donnell, who have a young family of their own, were drawn to become involved with the fundraising efforts for Ronald McDonald House a couple of years ago.
They have visited and entertained at the house in Orange which is currently providing a significant number of rooms for families of children and adolescents who are patients in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit at Orange Health Service.
“The house does an amazing job providing a home away from home for families from a wide area of the state who come to Orange to get specialist treatment for their children,” Pat said.
“We are proud to be part of this very special event.”
The band’s repertoire certainly strikes a chord with crowds.
“We’re about putting people in the space of their heyday, wherever you were at your best,” Pat said.
“And the songs from your heyday stand the test of time.”
Ronald McDonald House Orange executive officer Rebecca Walsh said the band was a huge hit last year.
“The crowd absolutely loved them last year so we just had to ask them back,” she said.
“They make a big contribution to the success of the night which is our major annual fundraising event for the Orange house.”
In keeping with the Carnivale circus theme, performers from Kelso High’s Cirkus Surreal will also entertain the 400-strong crowd.