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2017 Stan Coster Awards FINALISTS announced!

The Stan Coster Awards attracted large number of regular and new balladeers to all the categories. The high quality of the artist made the judge’s task difficult with only a point separating the top contestants.

The finalists in no particular order are ...

Male Vocal:
Jeff Brown - The Drovers Boy.
Graham Rodger - Trembling Lips.
Justin Standley - Beechworth Gold.

Female Vocal:
Shaza Leigh - Farmhouse By The Sea.
Sharon Heaslip - The Drover and the Brumby.
Dianne Lindsay - Touch of Snow.

New Talent:
Kate Daniel - Harry Bowden Derelict.
Emma Jene - The Beat of the Drum.
Michael Clare - When Grandpa Was a Boy.

Group:
Peter Simpson and Dianne Lindsay - Aren’t we Lucky.
The Coad Sisters - She Still Waits.
Sharon Benjamin and Nathan Charlton - Things Are Not the Same on the Land.

Instrumental:
Terry Bennetts - Pardoo Station.
Lindsay Waddington and Charley Boyter - Didgori Goor.
Lindsay Butler - The Namoi Flows In the Moombi Ranges.

Album:
Jeff Brown - Wanderin’ Man.
Graham Rodger - Territory Man.
Peter Coad and Coad Sisters - Banjo and Henry.

Song Writer:
Tom McIvor - When They Threw the Cork Away.
Jeff Brown - God Given Rain.
Virginia Coad - She Still Waits.

Comedy:
John O’Dea - Yesterday.
Jeff Brown - Bush Oyster.
Jeff Brown - Petticoat Rule.

Congratulations to the finalists !





GIDGEE COAL BUSH BALLAD AWARDS
FINALISTS 2016

ALBUM
Sharon Heaslip - "A Year of Firsts"
Michael Clare - "Sixty-three"
Jeff Brown - "Wanderin' Man"

MALE VOCAL
Dale Duncan - "My Dog Nui Dat"
Jeff Brown - "Wanderin' Man"
Michael Clare - "Australia We Love You"

FEMALE VOCAL
Dianne Lindsay - "Charlie"
Sharon Heaslip - "The Drover and The Brumby"
Rachel Jillett - "Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home"

GROUP OR DUO/COLLABORATION
Mark Lavender & Kathryn Coad - "Running from the Rain"
Jeff Brown & Anne Kirkpatrick - "Orchid Street"
Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson - "Brigalow Bill"

SONGWRITING
Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson - "Charlie"
John O'Dea & Ray Essery - "The Patchwork Quilt"
Jeff Brown & Vaughan Baker - "In the Bed He'll Never Leave"

NEW TALENT
Dianne Coombes - "The Grey the Black and the Bay"
Michael Clare - "Here in Hay"
Mark Lavender & Kathryn Coad - "Running from the Rain"

COMEDY/NOVELTY
Sharon Heaslip - "Grandma Doin' Bootcamp"
Michael Clare - "The Neighbours Turned New Age"
Jeff Brown & Chad Morgan - "Petticoat Rule"

INSTRUMENTAL
Lindsay Waddington - "By a Fire of Gidgee Coals"
Terry Bennetts - "Pardoo Station"
Ginger Cox - "Country Way"

Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to all the Bush Ballad Judges and all the artists that nominated in the awards for 2016
to be held at Pittsworth Town Hall on Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of november


FUND RAISING FOR CHAD'S BUST!
Chad Morgan, the “Sheik of Scrubby Creek” is the last Australian country music pioneer!

Chad has well and truly earned the title of King of Australian Country Music Comedy. Through the years of touring, recording, performing and travelling countless country miles, he’s become an institution in Australasian country music. He has out-sung, out-drunk and outlived his famous contemporaries.

When Slim Dusty died in 2003 the heavy title of country music’s “national treasure” was passed on to Chad. Dubbed the “clown prince of comedy” by Slim Dusty, he’s the man who has been making Australian country music fans laugh for more than six decades.

Chad was inducted into the TAMWORTH HANDS OF FAME in 1979. The ROLL OF RENOWN in 1987, the KEMPSEY LIVING LEGEND AWARD in 2002 and the ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL (OAM) in 2004. Chad was the first person to be honoured with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the 2010 CMAA Awards in Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital.

To that end, we are asking his multitude of Australian country music fans to assist us in this OzCrowd crowd funding campaign to help us commission a bronze bust of this Aussie country music pioneer. The bronze bust will be placed in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, ensuring Chad claims his true place among the other busts of Australia’s country music legends.
After more than six decades on the stage, there’s no sign of Chad slowing down either! He is now in his 80's and still touring his much beloved “Chad Morgan Show” around Australia. You can check out all his touring dates, as well as purchase his CD’s and DVD’s at his website www.chadmorgan.com.au
So come on all you Australian country music fans! Lets make this happen! Give Chad Morgan the honour of Tamworth’s next bronze bust!
Lets make sure Chad gets to claim his true place among the Bronze Busts of Australia’s Country Music Legends in Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park!
Chad has well and truly earned the title of King of Australian Country Music Comedy. Through the years of touring, recording, performing and travelling countless country miles, he’s become an institution in Australasian country music. He has out-sung, out-drunk and outlived his famous contemporaries.
To that end, we are asking his multitude of Australian country music fans to assist us in this 3 month – $20,000 OzCrowd crowd funding campaign to help us commission a bronze bust of this Aussie country music pioneer.
The bronze bust will be placed in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, ensuring Chad claims his true place among the other busts of Australia’s country music legends!
So come on all you Australian country music fans! Lets make this happen! Give Chad Morgan the honour of Tamworth’s next bronze bust!!

Mark Cohen (Chad's website management)
me@youatme.com

www.chadmorgan.com.au
The crowd funding site is "OzCrowd", and the link to the crowd funding page for Chad's campaign is:
fund raising link


 

BUNGENDORE MEMORIAL AWARDS results 2016

MALE VOCAL
Tom Maxwell - DRIFT BACK IN TIME
FEMALE VOCAL
Norma O'Hara Murphy - SOLID GOLD
NEW TALENT
Caitlyn Jamieson - MY MUM & DAD
GROUP OR DUO
Coad Sisters - THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME ON THE LAND
INSTRUMENTAL
Lindsay Butler - BENEATH THE OLD MOON
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Keith Jamieson - PLAIN AND SIMPLE DRIFTER
SONGWRITER
Laura Downing - THE MT TAMBOURINE DROVER
COMEDY
Keith Jamieson - THIRTY SOWS & PIGS

BARRY THORNTON ENCOUAGEMENT AWARD
Caitlyn Jamieson

WALKUPS WINNER
Michael Craig

Congratulations to all.


 

TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 - BALLADEERS HOMESTEAD

All shows and artist listing appearing at the Balladeers Homestead, 328 Goonoo Goonooo Road, Tamworth are now on www.bushballadeers.com.au/festival.htm
This includes ABBA Member Showcase, Days and Times. :)

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GIDGEE COAL BUSH BALLAD AWARDS
FINALISTS & WINNERS 2015

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Tom McIvor - “The Pride of Australia”
Bruce Lavender - “Take Me Back” (Winner)
John Smith - “Murrumbidgee Mud”

MALE VOCAL
John Smith - “Old Axe Man”
Terry Bennetts - “Fitzroy River"(Winner)
Bruce Lavender - “Take Me Back in a Song”

FEMALE VOCAL
Rachel Jillett - “Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home”
Kylie Castle - “The Friend I’ve Never Met” (Winner)
Sharon Heaslip - “The Drought”

COMEDY/NOVELTY
Tom McIvor - “Vegemite on Toast” (Winner)
Bruce Lavender - “Santa Claus is a Cowboy”
John Smith - “Mailman’s Mate”

SONGWRITING
Terry Bennetts/Keith Lethbridge - “Fitzroy River”
Bruce Lavender - “Our Bushmen of Yesterday””
Tom McIvor - “Tent Show Fighters” (Winner)

INSTRUMENTAL
Ray Pratley - “Rabbit Flats”
Terry Bennetts - “Gnangara Sunset” (Winner)
Peter Salata - “Saddle the Wind”

GROUP OR DUO/COLLABORATION
Ged & Trudy Hintz - “Looks Like the Drought Has Broken”
Gunbarrel Highwaymen - “Do it All Over Again” (Winner)
Sharon Heaslip & Keith Jamieson - “Further Out”

Legend Awards : Rick Carey & Norma O'Hara Murphy
New Talent: Garth Brand:
Encouragement : Rachel Jillett.
Award of Appreciation: presented to Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith
from John & Margaret Staunton, Ros Scotney and Friends of the Gidgee Coal Awards.

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BUNGENDORE AWARDS FINALISTS 2016
Finalists in The Stan Coster Memorial Awards are as follows but not necessary in order of placing.

Male Vocal.
Pete Smith: Country Way of Life, Justin Standley: Return of the Stockmen, Tom Maxwell: Drift Back in Time.

Female Vocal. Dianne Lindsay: Charlie, Laura Downing: The Vanishing Breed, Norma O’Hara Murphy: Solid Gold

New Talent. Allan Herbert; Country Lovin, Graeme Doubleday; The Boy I Left Behind, Caitlyn Jamieson: My Mum and Dad.

Duo. Coad Sisters: Things Are Not The Same on The Land, Shaza Leigh and Lynette Guest: Something of a Privilege. Sharon Heaslip: Further Out.

Instrumental. Lindsay Butler: Beneath the Old Moon, Ray Pratley: Rabbit Flats, John Kilcullen: Freight Train Yodel.

Album. John Smith: Always On the Road, Keith Jamieson: Plain and Simple Drifter, Tom Maxwell: Pictures in the Smoke

Song Writers. Tootie Hiles: The Condamine, Keith Jamieson: Plain and Simple Drifter, Laura Downing: The MT. Tamborine Drover

Comedy. Keith Jamieson; Baby Boomin’ Grey Nomads, Keith Jamieson: Thirty Sows and Pigs, Keith Jamison; Country Hat

 

DEAN PERRETT - BACK TO THE STUDIO AGAIN
3 time Golden Guitar recipient Dean Perrett has been back in the studio during late September and early October recording his new Bush Ballad/ Australiana Album.
Once again Dean is co-producing the project with Nashville based record producer Larry Marrs. Dean says he is once again indeed fortunate to have some top songs from some of Australia’s very best writers as well as songs from his own pen. There will also be a special tribute song featuring 2 other Great Aussie talents.

ROSEWOOD COUNTRY ROUNDUP
Held over the 21st-25th of October, at the Rosewood Golf Club and grounds (near Tumberumba NSW), the gates open Monday 19th.
Artists appearing include: Lucky Starr, Rodney Vincent, Tom & Patsy Routledge, Jay Podger, Lynette Guest and Rodney Walker, Greg Bain, Ernie Constance. Poets: Merv & Chris Webster and Garry Lowe.

SLIM DUSTY COUNTRY MUSIC MEMORIES WEEK
19th to the 25th of October Kempsey will host the Slim Dusty Memories week. Special artists appearing include:- Tania Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick and David Kirkpatrick & The Travelling Country Band, Steve Passfield, Kathryn Jones, Trevor Tolton, Dean Perrett, Glen Albrecht, Ken Lindsay, Johnny Greenwood, Amos Morris, Pete Smith, Tom Maxwell, Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson, Gary Fogarty, Ray Essery, Ged and Trudy Hintz, Sam Smyth, Peter Coad & The Coad Sisters & Mickey Pye.

LEETON COUNTRY ROUNDUP
Held over Wed 28th Oct. to Sun 1st November at the Leeton Jockey Club, Racecourse Road, Leeton NSW, artists will include Craig Giles, Tom Maxwell, Johanna Hemara , Nathan Charlton, Grant Luhrs, John Battle and the Redback Studio Band. Friday night dance with music from Sharon Benjamin

DALE DUNCAN – NEW ALBUM
Dale Duncan will be teaming up with 3 times Golden Guitar winner, Bush Balladeer Dean Perrett for a duet on a song penned by Dean entitled 'Back To The Bush Again'.
The track will be part of a new album from Dale, who travelled to Nashville USA over late July to record the bed tracks with renowned Country Music multi award winning producer Larry Marrs. In the past three years, Dale has released two albums, (produced by Lindsay Butler LBS Music) 'Family Values' and 'The Heart of Australia'. Dale has had eight consecutive Country Music Hits including two #1's. The new album will be titled 'Back To The Bush' and will feature fourteen tracks with ten new songs by some of the best Australian Bush Ballad writers including:- Peter Coad, Graham Rodger, Dean Perrett, Peter Simpson, Dianne Lindsay, Terry Bennetts, Keith Jamieson, Keith Lethbridge, Geoff Sidebottom, Tony Sergeant, Nathan Charlton, Ben Jacobs and of course Dale himself.
The project is expected to be completed later in 2015.

MILDURA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Held between Friday 25th of September and Sunday 4th of October this major independent artist festival is held annually in the beautiful city of Mildura, Victoria. From Traditional Bush Ballads to Contemporary Country you will find a full calendar of top line talent to appease the ears. A highlight of the event is the prestigious Southern Stars Awards.

BEDGEREBONG COUNTRY MUSIC CAMPOUT WEEK
Bedgerebong near Forbes, has its’ own special country charm, and comes alive over the 6th to the 13th of October with the annual Music Campout. Guest artists this year include Tom Maxwell, Errol Gray, Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson, Patsy & Tom Routledge, Sharon Heaslip, Pete Smith, Peter Pratt, Country Keys & Strings.|

PORT PIRIE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Held in Pt. Pirie in the South Australia over the 8th – the 11th of October, this annual event always presents fine lineup of artists, which this year includes Aubrey & Martin, Kalesti Butler, Amos Morris, Col Perkins and Sandie Dodd, along with Dwayne Elix, Bill Bedford, Cactus Martins and many more.

ARIAH PARK “MARY GILMORE” CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Cultural Festival will be held from the 14th to the 18th of October with the music festival on Sat.17th. Wayne Horsburgh, Bill Grey, Dennis Morgan, Sami (Cooke), Dale Hooper and Christina George headline the entertainment list.

WIDGEE BUSH BALLADEERS MUSTER
The Widgee Showgrounds set the scene for this annual event, held over the 8th to the 11th of October. Artists this year include Keith & Caitlyn Jamieson, Alisha Smith, Alan Luscombe, Kevin Groves, Bruce Lavender, Ashley Cook, Jeff Gibson, Terry Gordon, Alice Benfer, Kylie Castle and Olivia Nolan.

THE MUNNA CREEK COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Munna Creek Country Music Festival will be happening over the 3rd weekend of October (15th/16th/17th/18th). Artists on the bill include Owen Blundell, Laurie Minson, Pete Smith, Tom Maxwell, Sharon Heaslip and Jeff Gibson. Backing provided by Lindsay Waddington, Tony Wagner, Kerry McDonnell and Cockroach Wilson.


 

MAY 27th, 2015
SLIM DUSTY’S FORGOTTEN GOLDEN GUITAR

It might be surprising for Slim Dusty fans to learn that the number of Golden Guitars won by the legendary Australian, Slim Dusty, has increased from 37 to 38, despite the fact that Slim died some 12 years ago in 2003. In fact, neither Slim nor his music, has won another of the prized trophies presented in Tamworth each year in January. It’s simply a matter of rectifying a mistake that was made in the statistics many decades ago.
The inaugural Australasian Country Music Awards were staged by Radio 2TM in the Tamworth Town Hall on a very hot Sunday night on January 28th 1973. The initial Award that compere Kevin Knapp announced that historic night was for APRA Song of The Year. To present the Award, well known composer, George Dasey (They’re a Weird Mob), was invited to the stage and he presented the first ever Golden Guitar to Joy McKean for her composition “Lights On The Hill”.
For many years Slim has been credited for winning only two Golden Guitars at those first Awards in 1973. One was for the Best EP or Single (Lights on the Hill) and another for the Best 12” LP Album (Me And My Guitar). But, recently, Joy McKean and Anne Kirkpatrick have been going through the collection of Slim memorabilia, preparing it for the move to The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey later this year, and discovered an extra Golden Guitar from 1973 and were puzzled about it. They wondered if it could be a duplicate they had acquired for some reason.
However, after checking a rare tape recording of the first Awards in 1973, from the Tamworth Sound and Film Archive, it was discovered that Slim had also been awarded a Golden Guitar as the artist who sang Joy’s Best Composition, (Lights On The Hill). So now we know that Slim won three Golden Guitars in January 1973, and not the two that had been counted previously. Things changed considerably in later presentations; 2TM dropped the Golden Guitar for the singer of the Best Composition and also, Golden Guitars given to winning record companies were dropped.
With the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey nearing completion, it is appropriate that the great Slim Dusty is now credited with the third forgotten trophy he won in 1973, bringing his grand total up to 38 Golden Guitars awards, unmatched to date.
Commenting on the change, the Secretary of the Country Music Association of Australia, Meryl Davis said, “It’s great to see Slim’s tally of Golden Guitars being updated. As a person who contributed so much to Australian country music, Slim deserves all the recognition and thanks we can give him. It will be exciting to see the Golden Guitars he won, on display in the Slim Dusty Centre.”
All of Slim’s 38 Golden Guitars awards will be on display in a special feature at the Slim Dusty Museum in Kempsey when it opens in October this year.
For more information: Slim Dusty Centre (02) 65626533 or Max Ellis 0438667314 or gmaxellis@icloud.com.

 

DEAN PERRETT has signed to the newly partnered label WJO / Universal Music Australia.

In what is a huge leap forward for traditional country music in Australia, DEAN PERRETT MUSIC has signed to the newly partnered label WJO / Universal Music Australia.

'I certainly am thrilled to now have my music distributed by WJO and Universal Music' Dean said. 'WJO has always given me 100% commitment and service, and the fact they are now working side by side with Universal Music Australia takes the availability of my music to a whole new level. Not since the days of the great Slim Dusty and the legendary Buddy Williams has the Australian Bush Ballad been so readily available to fans of a musical style born off the bush for the enjoyment of all Australians. I am excited by the prospect of many more people enjoying my Australian story songs'.

Three time Australian Country Music Award Of Australia winner and leading traditional Australian country music recording Artist, Dean also releases his brand new single 'Lorraine' to radio and media. The track pays tribute to an enduring part of Australian history, Lorraine Station, an iconic cattle property in the Gulf country of North West Queensland. Lorraine Station has continued to remain Australian owned by the same family company for 100 years despite many large properties being bought out by overseas investors.

Dean will re-release all seven albums 'Cattle Town', 'I'm The Land', 'My Bush Heritage', 'New Traditions', 'Return Of The Stockman', 'Shelter Of The Cross' and 'A Thousand Campfires' through WJO / Universal Music Australia on the 3rd July 2015 followed by his brand new album featuring the new single Lorraine later this year.
All media inquiries should be directed to info@wjo.com.au


GUITAR AUCTION IS HAPPENING NOW!

At the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year, we held the inaugural 'Back To The Bush' Concert on the main stage in the Toyota Bicentennial Park where Dot Bevan from Hervey Bay won a Bryden Guitar signed by the thirty artists on the concert. This guitar will become very collectable as time goes on. Dot has generously decided to put the guitar up for auction to raise money for "Aussie Helpers', a group dedicated to helping people on the land in times of need. And that time is now. Along with the guitar is a two hour DVD of the Back To The Bush Concert which is to be released in June. If you would like to make a bid for the guitar, go to the Facebook page for Aussie Helpers www.facebook.com/aussiehelpers or visit their website www.aussiehelpers.org.au. Good luck.

 



TRIBUTE TO ANZACS TOUR

Golden guitar winner Graham Rodger will be taking to outback Australia with his ‘Tribute To The ANZACS’ ‘Tag Along’ Tour. The tour kicks off on the 22nd of May 2015 with around 45 caravans.
This will be the second year Graham has taken his music on the road, with a ‘tag along’ group of music lovers. From Miles to the Red Centre, towns include Miles, Mitchell, Charleville, Tambo, Yaraka, Windorah, Longreach, Winton, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Tennant Creek, Whycliffe Wells, Alice Springs and Ross River. There is a one off concert in Mt Isa with the BROTHERS 3, smokos, and a dinner show at Qantas Museum just to mention a few highlights. Check Graham’s website for all details. www.grahamrodger.com.au

PHIL & CHRIS COAD'S COUNTRY MUSTER
This popular annual event is held at the undercover area at Wyper Park Scout Camp, Bundaberg Queensland, from Tuesday 19th - Sunday 24th May, artists featured are Dean Perrett, Kalesti Butler, Pete Smith, Johnny Greenwood, Greg Bain, Ashley Cook, Julie Perandes, Kathy & Michael Coad, Barry K. & Lin Chandler, Bruce & Mark Lavender, Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith & Caitlyn Jane.

BARHAM BALLADEERS
The annual Barham Balladeers & Country Music weekend will be held on the 29- 31st 29- 31st of May in the Barham Services Club – Barham. Artists this year are Matt Manning, Brian Letton, John and Christine Smith, Peter Smith, Bec Hance, Peter Coad & The Coad Sisters, Jim Hermel and Tom Maxwell.

THE BOULDY BUSH BALLAD BASH
Held at the PROGRESS ASSOCIATION COMPLEX — BOULDERCOMBE QUEENSLAND just 25klms on Mt Morgan Road from Rockhampton, Monday 11th - Sunday 17th of May. Artists appearing include Jeff Brown, Gary Fogarty, Ray Essery, Alan Luscombe, Sharon Heaslip, Bec Hance, Kevin Groves, Pete Smith, Allan Caswell, Keith Jamieson, Caitlyn Jane Jamieson and Alisha Smith.

TENTHILL TURNOUT
On Saturday 23rd of May, the annual concert to honour the late Stan Coster will be held at the Ma Ma Creek Hall from 7pm. Ma Ma Creek Hall can be found via Gatton in south east Queensland. Stan’s daughter Tracy Coster will be on the show along with Brian Letton, Jenny Brosman, Errol Gray, Pixie Jenkins and Steve Newton.

DVD FUNDS TO ACMF
A DVD of the 2015 ‘Back To The Bush’ Concert will be available in May. This two hour concert features 30 prominent bush balladeer artists and a band featuring some of Australia’s top musicians. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD support the Australian Country Music Foundation in Tamworth who preserve and record our Australian country music heritage. Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson thank the Tamworth Regional Council and all the artists and musicians who made this event possible. DVDs can be ordered through www.diannelindsay.com, P.O. Box 5058, Gwandalan NSW 2259 or phone 0402296747.

MAY ALBUM RELEASE
The 17th Australian Bush Balladeers compilation album will be released late May. With 21 tracks this album assists in promoting the many artists involved. The project includes new recordings from Dean Perrett, Peter Coad, Ian Hands, Zeta Burns, The Coad Sisters and Lorraine Pfitzner. More information will be available soon on www.bushballadeers.com.au/product.htm


Vale - MERV SCHAPEL
Merv Schapel a presenter at 90.1FM Victor Harbour radio in South Australia passed away recently. Merv was a strong supporter of country music and bush ballad artists travelling through the area. Radio presenters who support traditional music and artists in the calibre of Merv Schapel are highly valued in our music industry, and Merv will be sadly missed by artists and all that knew him. Deepest sympathies to the Schapel family.

WAGGA WAGGA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wagga Country Music weekend will be held over the 14th & 17th of May. Wagga Commercial Club, Wagga NSW.
This will be a top weekend, with artists Tom Maxwell, Brian Letton, Don Costa and Grant Luhrs on the lineup.

THE SLIM DUSTY CENTRE OPENS IN OCTOBER 2015
The Australian legacy of Slim Dusty continues to grow with the official announcement that the nationally significant Slim Dusty Centre, incorporating the long awaited Slim Dusty Museum, will officially open in Kempsey, on the Macleay Valley Coast NSW, this October 2015. The Slim Dusty Centre will be a major “must see” attraction for national and international tourists alike.
Throughout his long and hugely successful career, this Australian music pioneer achieved so many "firsts" in the Australian entertainment industry. Even now, twelve years after his passing, the King of Australian country music is still achieving those industry breakthroughs. With the opening of the Slim Dusty Centre, Slim will become the first ever Australian entertainment artist to have a dedicated permanent museum established to celebrate his music and life story! Slim Dusty took his unique Australian country music touring show all the way from his Nulla Nulla Creek home to the cities and indeed, to every nook and cranny of this vast land, and now it is fitting that in October his show and his music return to his birthplace of Kempsey.
“We have a wealth of memorabilia and rare archival material which will be presented in a highly professional and entertaining way for visitors to see and of course, to hear. With room for the museum exhibition to expand and grow in the coming years, the displays will eventually accommodate the full collection, which is overwhelming in its breadth.” said Joy McKean, Slim’s wife and partner of more than 50 years.
Slim was closely involved in the early days of the project, and in the year he passed away, he said “Joy and I look forward to the eventual opening of a venture that will showcase not just my music and my life, but the role that Australian Country Music has played in the culture of the North Coast of NSW, and indeed, Australia. It is my hope and ambition that this Centre will show the integration of country music and the different facets of life in this country; also that it will assist young artists and musicians in their studies and careers. I believe too, that it will be of great benefit to the town of Kempsey and the district of the Macleay Valley.” – Slim Dusty AO MBE, 2003
The Centre is a contemporary, architect designed building, located on a 10 hectare site on the southern edge of Kempsey on the Macleay, and apart from the Museum exhibition, the centre, will also feature travelling exhibitions, a themed Café and commercial kitchen, visitors’ centre, as well as a retail area promoting local and regional products.
Already operating as a venue hosting a multitude of events and functions, the Centre will deliver major economic benefits to Slim's hometown and community of Kempsey.
Now after a long road of development and fundraising, a contract has been signed with museum specialists, Freeman Ryan Design, to undertake the establishment of the Slim Dusty exhibition for a public opening in October.
“The thanks truly belong to the fans, to the country music fraternity and to all Slim’s mates out there.
To the many people who have stood by us on this journey and have supported the Foundation every step of the way....this is for you. The multitude of Slim Dusty fans will be thrilled to see the many displays and interactive features related to the music and touring that made Slim such an Australian icon” said Kathryn Yarnold (CEO of the Slim Dusty Foundation).
Full details of the Official soon


VALE - Gavan Arden
Gavan Arden, acknowledged as “Gippsland’s Original Country Music Star” was born in Warragul, Victoria on the 20th September 1939. He grew up in the West Gippsland timber-milling town of Rokeby.
His parents gave him a guitar when he was 15 and Gavan made his first recordings about 1968 at the Hadley studios and they were issued on the Hadley Custom Label. Later he would form his own Valley label.
In 1971 Gavan toured with Slim Dusty.During the 70’s he toured and recorded under the stage name of ‘Jim Brumby’ and recorded under that name for Picture Records, RCA and M7.
In Brisbane he was a regular on TV programs presented by Paul Sharratt, John Crook, Reg Lindsay and Bobby Limb. In the mid 70’s Gavan had his own weekly segment on Maryborough (Qld) TV station SEQ8 for almost two years.
In the early 90’s Gavan returned to his roots in Gippsland and reverted to his own name.
In 1999 his song “Burnt Out And Dried Up Old Ringers” won the best Independent Artist Award for Best Bush Ballad at Tamworth.
Gavan was inducted into the”Hands Of Fame” at Tamworth in 2012.
He would travel interstate once or twice a year and in recent times had teamed up with Brisbane artist Johnny Greenwood when touring, mainly in Queensland.
Apart from singles and EP’s issued in earlier years, Gavan had recorded 9 albums, mostly of his own compositions or occasional co-writes with other composers.
His latest album “Keeping It Country” had just been released prior to his death.
Gavan Arden was fiercely committed to the true and traditional sound of Australian Country Music and Bush Ballads.
He passed away suddenly following a massive stroke in April 15th and his funeral service was held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Warragul on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.
He is survived by his wife Marie (They were married in 1961) 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls) 13 grandchildren and 8 great – grandchildren.


2015 BUNGENDORE STAN COSTER MEMORIAL AWARDS FINALISTS & WINNERS
Finalists in each section of The Stan Coster Memorial Awards are as follows but not necessary in order of placing.
Male Vocal.
Bruce Lavender- My Brands are Rusty Now; * Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather; Keith Jamison – Hillbilly Dreamer
Female Vocal.
Dianne Lindsay – Jacks Bridle; * Norma O’Hara Murphy – Gone Drovin; Trudy Hintz – Blue Gums Calling Me Back home.
New Talent.
Michelle Ovenden - Susannah’s Song;* Rex Baldwin – Treasures that I See; Emma Jene – An Angel’s Promise.
Duo. Lex K and L Minnson – Mighty Moonbi Range. Jed and Trudy Hintz - Lonely Old House; * Dianne Lindsay and Dale Duncan – The Dreamers.
Instrumental.
Terry Bennetts – Riders of the Kimberley; * Alisha Smith – Rabbit Flat Polka; Peter Simpson and Lindsay Butler – Camooweal.
Album.
John Smith – Murrumbidgie Mud; * Peter Coad – Music Highway; Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather.
Song Writers.
Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather; * Norma O’Hara Murphy – Gone Drovin; Peter Coad – West of Windorah.
Comedy.
John Smith - The Mailman’s Late. * Peter Coad – Coopers Run; Peter Smith – Smithy and the Flying Emu.

Barry Thornton Enoucouragemnert Award went to Emma Jene.

Winners were announced at the Bungendore Country Music Muster Februiary 2015




THE GIDGEE COAL BUSH BALLAD AWARD
FINALISTS 2014
PITTSWORTH TOWN HALL QUEENSLAND
NOVEMBER 15/16TH

FEMALE VOCAL
DIANNE LINDSAY JACK BRIDLE
TRUDY HINTZ WHERE THE WESTERN RIVERS FLOW
KYLIE CASTLE A SETTLERS WIFE

MALE VOCAL
BRUCE LAVENDER BALLADS
GRAHAM RODGER DUST AND LEATHER
REG POOLE SUPER 8

ALBUM
ASHLEY COOK ASHLEY COOK SALUTES BRIAN YOUNG
GRAHAM RODGER DUST AND LEATHER
PETER COAD MUSIC HIGHWAY

GROUP/DUO /COLLABORATION
DIANNE LINDSAY/ PETER SIMPSON BRIGALOW BILL
GED AND TRUDY HINTZ LONELY OLD HOUSE
ASHLEY COOK/BRIAN YOUNG SHIPS OF THE DESERT

INSTRUMENTAL
TERRY BENNETTS /IAN SIMPSON RIDERS OF THE KIMBERLEY
L WADDINGTON/R PRATLEY DIAMANTINA DROVER
TERRY BENNETTS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE TRACK

COMEDY/ NOVELTY
PETER COAD COOPERS RUN
LLYOD BLACK SIX WHITE BLOOMERS
PETE SMITH SMITHY AND THE FLYING EMU.

SONGWRITING
BRUCE LAVENDER I’D GO DROVING AGAIN
TERRY BENNETTS/K LETHBRIDGE FITZROY RIVER
K&M DIXON/ JOHNNY GREENWOOD OLD HORSEMEN LIKE ME.

NEW TALENT
REX BALDWIN OAKVALE
KYLIE CASTLE A FRIEND I’VE NEVER MET
REX BALDWIN AS LEICHARDT SAW IT THEN.

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