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GRAHAM RODGER TAKES OUT THE 2013 CMAA GOLDEN GUITAR for BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR!!!
Bush Balladeers Association extends congratulations to Graham Rodger
for his win in the CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2013 held in Tamworth
at the Trec Centre on Saturday 26th of January with his song "Looking
Merv Maltman was born on the 17th of July 1951 in Nambour Queensland. The family moved to Cloncurry where Merv picked up his love for Australian Country Music as Bush Ballads were very popular out there. The next move was to Collinsville by now Merv was growing up and Collinsville was a far cry from the ‘Curry’. He got his first guitar at the age of thirteen and he began to write songs. A friend of his father, Ray Gaine, taught him to play guitar. He played and sung at the School Concert and was so nervous that his kneecap kept bouncing up and down until the first song was done. After the applause he had no fear of the stage from that day on. After leaving school, Merv began work as an apprentice Painter and Decorator in Bowen. It was here that a man named Wally Bishop recorded him for a Radio Show on 4M.K. MacKay. He would ask all the shows that come through if he could do a spot on the show. Both Rick and Thel and Buddy Williams let him do so. It was ironic that in later years he toured with both shows. He completed his apprenticeship before being called up into the Army. With only a month left in the Army he went AWOL and hid in the bush under an assumed name in the Bundaberg area where he worked on properties then as a Tordoner and a Sleeper cutter. He worked in the railways in a bridge gang then finished his stay in Bundaberg in the Petersen Brothers Sawmill. He become tired of hiding after four years for a good reason. Brian Young had recorded ‘The Horse that could do nothing right’ so he decided to come clean. To his chagrin he learned he had been discharged from the Army twenty eight days after he jumped the fence so those four years of laying low was a wasted effort. This time in the bush gave him the incentive to start writing again but this time it was for real. His next tour out was with the Legendary Buddy Williams and on return to Tamworth he immediately went out with Stan Coster. On return Merv decided to have a spell but was asked out on the road by Chris and Angie Pritchard. He did two tours with them and was asked out by them again but personal problems prevented this. On the road, Merv was what was called an Ice Breaker and that is a person that takes the stage first and holds the crowd with a strong act. By the time 1986 rolled up, Merv was considered a strong act and could hold his own with the best of them. In 1986 Merv teamed up with Buddy Thomson and Lynne Bennett to form the Down Under Country Show in which all music was Australian and it was the first time this was done in Country Music. Merv decided to quit the game and took up a position as a House Painter in Blackwater and there he stayed for twenty two years. Though he gave up touring he remained in music by taking on playing the bagpipes and for many years he piped the ANZAC parades in Blackwater and Bluff. Merv lost contact with the artists he had worked with over the years. During his time in the wilderness he never realized that the song ‘Blacksoil Plains of The Outback’ had been recorded by no less than four people.
In 2007 Merv had a stroke and thought the end had come. He headed off to say his farewells and on meeting up with Buddy Thomson after Twenty Two years. Buddy coaxed him into his studio and began recording him. The result was the ‘Keep Your Candle Burning’ Album. Merv was encouraged to start recording more and began recording his huge backlog of songs which resulted in the Album ‘Just Me’ in which Merv plays all instruments then followed up with the Album ‘Witness to Change’ with others to follow. Merv was a multi instrumentalist and played Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Base, Bagpipes and also dabbled with keyboards but did not consider himself fluent with them. Merv was one of the truly great songwriters though he hid his light under a bushel. Merv lived in the Warwick district in Southern Queensland where he settled along with his wife Judith and step daughter Linley. Merv did not enter songs in competitions or go for accolades as he felt that no one can say one person is better than another and the same goes for songs. He leaves it up to the people to decide.
WIGGLES, DICK SMITH & ROLF HARRIS MUSTER MATES FOR SLIM
Australia’s King of Country, the late Slim Dusty, was everybody’s mate. From the man on the land, to city dwellers and politicians of all persuasions, Slim was loved and admired for his humble demeanour. The lyrics of his timeless songs paint a picture of our great Aussie culture. Now, that heritage is to be preserved for the education of future generations, through the development of the Slim Dusty Centre - a major Cultural Tourist Attraction based in Kempsey, NSW.
The magnificent building stands completed at the gateway to Slim’s hometown, but funding is still needed to complete road work for access to the site and the exhibition fit out, which will be the heart and soul of the experience. It will house the permanent exhibition of rare artefacts from Slim’s own collection, along with innovative, interactive displays depicting his Australian story. This iconic tourism drawcard is also designed as a multipurpose facility to accommodate functions, events and travelling exhibitions, along with a café, retail area, and a visitor information centre.
To help raise much needed support for the last phase of the Slim Dusty Centre development, a brand new television and radio advertisement calls for Aussies to “be a mate” and join the “Mates of Slim Dusty” Membership Muster.
Patron of the Slim Dusty Foundation, Dick Smith, is the presenter of the catchy ad and called for people to be a mate. “Slim Dusty is a personal hero of mine; I urge all Aussies to get behind the Membership Muster,” he said.
The ad will feature the famous Slim Dusty song, “Duncan”, written by Pat Alexander. Duncan shot to fame in 1980 and has been a great Aussie favourite that is destined to remain ageless. The song depicts the true Australian spirit of mateship, which goes hand in hand with Slim’s identity. Slim also recorded this popular song live with Rolf Harris, and who could forget “I Love To Have A Dance With Dorothy” – the version that Slim recorded with the Wiggles.
Anthony Field of The Wiggles reflected on the time they recorded with Slim. “Slim Dusty was a great bloke; his musical portraits of Australia and the bush will live forever!” he said.
For $50, you can join the “Mates of Slim Dusty” Membership Muster, and help support the Centre that Slim himself was working on prior to his passing. “Mates” will receive exclusive benefits including merchandise discounts and a special member’s pack. Already drawing attention is the free raffle ticket that all new Mates will receive, as they go into a draw to win the first prize of a rare collection of every LP Slim Dusty ever released. This life time collection is housed in a beautifully handcrafted Nulla Red Cedar cabinet with a glass decal image of Slim. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a record player. Second prize is return flights from Sydney to one of Etihad Airline’s European destinations, with third prize being an autographed Keith Urban CD.
So come on Australia, go to www.slimdustycentre.com.au JOIN us on Facebook, VIEW the advertisement at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQOEhRYMybg&feature=youtu.be CALL 180018SLIM, or EMAIL email@example.com AND BE A MATE TODAY!
WINNERS - 2012 GIDGEE COAL AWARDS Finalists & Winners
The Coad Sisters - Anzac's Song
Ginger Cox - Rusty It’s Goodbye
Lawrie Minson/Lindsay Waddington - The Warrumbungle Mare *
Peter Coad - The Kid On The Kangaroo
Tom McIvor - Piddle In The Middle. *
Terry Gordon - Dr Days Green Pills
Graham Rodger/Allan Caswell - Darling Downs
Ged & Trudy Hintz - I’ll Be Home Soon *
Terry Gordon/Jamie Davis - A Few Old Country Boys
Maggie Stokes - Behind The Boundary Gate
Ginger Cox - Rusty It’s Goodbye *
Jay Podger - Happy Jacks Hotel
Living Legend : Jim Strofield
Encouragement award: Maggie Stokes.
(Award winners were announced at Pittsworth Town Hall, Pittsworth QLD 17th /18th November)
SLIM & JOY BRONZE BUST APPEAL
COX - THE KIMBERLEY GUITAR MAN
|The following are ARCHIVE ARTICLES ....|
Balladeers Vol 13 (released June 2012)
01. DEAN PERRETT - The Heartbeat Of Australia/The Man Of The Land (Dean Perrett/Stuart French),
02. DIANNE LINDSAY - ‘Living In The Shadow Of The Horseshoe’ (Vietnam) (Merv Maltman),
03. ALLAN LAVENDER - One One and One Two (Allan Lavender),
04. GED & TRUDY HINTZ - Where the Roper Flows Tonight (Smoky Dawson),
05. LEN TEELOW - Tamworth Festival (Len Teelow),
06. KALESTI BUTLER - My Home On The Sunburnt Plains (Slim Dusty),
07. LEX K - The Shadow (Lex K),
08. ZETA BURNS - Australia (That I Love) (Words: Joan Ridgway/Music: Bruce Bell),
09. MICHAEL PINCOTT - Reg Lindsay, You're A Legend (Beryl Imhoff/ Michael Pincott),
10. LORRAINE PFITZNER - Home For Christmas (Peter Coad),
11. PAUL SEILS - Old Fashioned (Paul Seils),
12. JOHNNY GREENWOOD - There's Still A Country Boy In Me (Johnny Greenwood),
13. COAD SISTERS - Saddle Boy (Slim Dusty),
14. MICHEAL LEESE - Eureka Stockade (Michael Leese),
15. ZETA BURNS - The City Bushman - (Jim Burns/ Zeta Burns), 16. ANGUS GILL - Names On The Wall (Angus Gill),
17. NED WINTER - The Pretty Little Town Of Cecil Plains (Ned Winter),
18. KATE HINDLE - I am Australian (Bruce Woodley)
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to CMAA Golden Guitar recipients - DEAN PERRETT & LEE KERNAGHAN
re their win for Bush Ballad Of The Year with the song 'Channel Country
VALE - ERIC WATSON - 1926 - 8/1/2012 January 2012
Watson was a stalwart supporter of Australian Country Music.
CAN YOU HELP?
a Dodge truck in the very early 60's with the name plates "The
Buddy Williams Show". We have photos of that truck. What the ACMF
of Tamworth are after is photos or a photo of the panels ("The
Buddy Williams Country & Western Jamboree") on the 1948 Ford.
All will be used as part of an exhibit at the Tamworth Country Music
BEEN THERE (AND BACK AGAIN)
Balladeers Vol 12
The new 'Balladeers Vol 12" now available !!!
CDS $27 posted. Ch/M/O accepted.
Mail orders be addressed to: THE A.B.B.A. PO Box 90, Tamworth NSW 2340.
1. DOUG McINTYRE Carrathool Races (Doug McIntyre) 2:32
2. DIANNE LINDSAY & PETER SIMPSON
Rusty It’s Goodbye (Thel Carey/Slim Dusty) 3:33
3. DAVID BALDI Hittin’ The Murray (David Baldi) 3:43
4. KALESTI BUTLER The Closing Of The Day (Val Butler) 3:32
5. JOHN BATTLE Old Toll Bar Road (J. Seers/J. Battle) 4:02
6. THE RHYMER FROM RYDE (Bush Verse)
That's Australia (Graeme Johnson) 3:27
7. PETER COAD Old Bush Mates (H.H. ‘Bob’ Kane/Peter Coad) 2:10
8. DAVID CROSER People, Times and Places (Nev Molloy) 3:56
9. PETER SIMPSON The Man Who Steadies The Lead (Slim Dusty) 2:38
10. GORDON LARKIN Piebald Pony Dream (Jim Gilmore/Gordon Larkin) 2:43
11. HILTON BOYLE This Is My Homeland (Words. M. Orford/Music. Hilton Boyle) 3:58
12. JOHN P. TOOMEY A Trucking Song (John P. Toomey) 2:59
Performed by Lex K
13. GUS HELM The Dust Of Cobb & Co (Gus Helm) 2:34
14. GORDON LARKIN Kempy (Jim Gilmore/Gordon Larkin) 3:11
15. PAUL SEILS South Australian Opal (Paul Seils) 2:36
16. MICHAEL PINCOTT Merv Webster - Bard & Balladeer (Michael Pincott) 2:11
17. COAD SISTERS Anzac’s Song (Instrumental) (V.& L. Coad) 2:57
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BUTLER TAKES OUT BALLADEER STAR QUEST
The annual Bush Balladeer Star Quest is not just another quest. The winner must be dedicated to the bush ballad style and intent on making a career in the bush ballad industry. As a winner of the quest, that person receives recording time for a radio single, and major festival appearances around the country throughout their 12 months as winner which will bring them in contact with not only new fans for their music, but introduce their talent to the industry, radio and give them lifelong promotion skills.
Star Quest Trophy was presented to Kalesti Butler by Australia’s
first lady of country – Joye McKean.
- RAY ROSE
On Saturday 11th of December at 9am, veteran bush ballad songwriter Ray Rose passed away. Ray leaves a legacy of award winning songwriting works recorded by many. He will be sadly missed.
Ray Rose was born in Taroom, Queensland on the 16th December, 1936. Raised on the family property "The Brae". Ray left home at nineteen and went working over various parts of the state, taking on what ever came to hand. Shearer, Breaker, Fencer, Drover, Truck Driver, Sapphire Miner, Butcher etc.
Just an old bushman, who, as he said, had been up more dry gullies than he cared to remember. He always had a yearning to own his own little piece of Australia [while there's still some left] and came close a few times.
Semi-retired, Ray lived at Gracemere, Queensland, and is survived by his wife Noreen and sons Wesley, Michael and Ethan.
Ray's songs have been recorded by Slim Dusty, Tom Maxwell, Brian Letton, Reg Poole, Dean Perrett, Nell Carter, Keith Jamieson and others.
Tom Maxwell's recording of "My Old R. M. Williams Boots" was featured in the promotional video of the manufacture of R. M. Williams boots. Tom Maxwell recorded a complete album of Ray Rose songs.
Ray took out the Golden Gumleaf Bush Laureate Award for his book Bulldust and Ballads for Book of the Year in 1996 and Bulldust and Ballads Volume 2 was also a finalist in two categories, Book of the Year and Original Book of the Year.
Vale – Dot Dawson
Dot Dawson, wife and partner of the late Smoky Dawson, died in her Sydney nursing home this afternoon after a long illness.
Dot celebrated her 104th birthday just a couple of weeks ago on October 12 2011.
Florence Dawson (nee Cheers) was born in Maryborough, Victoria, in 1906 to a mother with an Italian background and a father with a Welsh background.
In an interview by Rob Willis on file at the National Library of Australia, Dot recalled winning four guineas in a voice training competition in Bendigo, her first public performance at the Melbourne Town Hall and teaching elocution to young hopeful stars of radio and stage through the 1920s and '30s.
She recalled working at an amateur radio station in the late 1920s and being one of the first female broadcasters on radio.
In the interview, Dot says she was offered a job in radio, starting in voice production, radio plays, early radio advertising and children's radio programs including the 3KZ children's program after which she was called up by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) to work for them during the war including in the drama section and sound effect studios.
When she met Smoky in the early 1930s, she said Smoky's ambition was to succeed.
She recalled their early courting days, Smoky's songs and his illness after the war when he was laid up in hospital for more than a year. Dot and Smoky met doing their radio work.
After her time at the ABC, she returned to 3KZ where she stayed until she and Smoky took up an offer to go to America. While in the USA, Dot worked at a radio station in Tennessee as well as with Smoky.
Though the Dawsons, who married in 1944, never had children of their own, the couple loved children. This love extended to taking in a foster child for four years and to a long association with the Bear Cottage children's charity.
Among Dot's memorable radio career, she said, was getting involved with promoting Police on radio programs for children ("My Friend The Policeman") and the "Aunty June" program (Dot was Aunty June).
recently as 2006, Dot and Smoky were still involved in radio, presenting
a weekly country music program on a community station on Sydney's north
PASSING OF A LEGEND TONY BROOKS
Well known bush ballad writer TONY BROOKS passed away in Atherton late Sunday 5th September 2009 morning. Tony was 83.
Tony's songs have been recorded my many artists including Slim Dusty - When The Scrubbers Break, Jimberella Kid and Pushing Time are some of the Tony Brooks songs recorded by Slim. Tony had battled many types of cancer since the early 1990s and he continued to write until the end of his life.
"Tony Brooks was a composite of all the characters he wrote about in his songs", said country music writer and photographer John Elliott. "Brooksie was fair dinkum - a real bush character who spoke his mind and fought for what he believed in. He stuck by his mates and was a passionate believer in all things Australian."
Tony is survived by his wife Rita and children Carl, Kim and Noni.
- Rick Aitchison
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