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2010 Tamworth Festival Dates
Friday January 15th to Sunday, January 24th.
The Festival Countdown will run from Friday 8th to Thursday 14th.   CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, - 23rd January 2010 - Information Centre - 02 6767 5300
http://www.visittamworth.com/
Tickets on sale now!!!!!
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Telstra Road to Tamworth 2009 is currently being put together and details including Heat dates & locations will be announced in the coming weeks. Make sure you regularly check our site for updates. www.entertainmentedge.com.au 
 
Click here 2007 Festival Photos and Summary
 
Winners are grinners!
The winners in the 13th CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards were announced last night in a star studded event at WatersEdge in Sydney.
Country music’s most respected performers and industry movers and shakers were there to tip their hats to the Achiever Awards’ Class of ’07 which included those musicians, performers and organisations who have flown the country music flag over the previous 12 months.

The gala ceremony was held under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with performances by this year’s Entertainer of the Year winner (taking his total Achiever Award wins is five) and crowd favourite Troy Cassar-Daley. Troy’s non stop touring as well as his appearances on the last two seasons of “It Takes Two” have cemented him in the hearts and minds of fans and the industry alike.

Taking her 3rd Independent Entertainer of the Year Award in a row was the beautiful Felicity Urquhart, fresh from her performance before US President George W Bush and Prime Minister Howard during APEC week in Sydney. Felicity performed tonight with her partner and collaborator Glen Hannah, who also took home his 3rd Achiever Award in 2007 in the Cover Art of the Year category (for Ring Around the Moon by James Blundell).

In the industry awards categories, ABC Music Publishing solidified their standing as Publishing Company of the Year winning the Award for the 6th consecutive year and Shock Records took out their 2nd Record Company of the Year – Independent Award.

Also winning consecutive Awards were The Pub, Tamworth (Entertainment Venue of the Year) and John Nutting (Media Achiever of the Year – Individual). Sydney based label Compass Bros Records also returned to the podium for the 4th time as Record Company of the Year – Major Distribution.

In its 2nd year in the Achiever Awards calendar, the CMAA Board was proud to present the Musician of the Year Award to James Gillard whose long musical career has seen him move from the rock ‘n roll stage (Mondo Rock), to work with some of country music’s most respected bands (The Fargone Beauties, The Flood, The Stormwater Boys).

Each year, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) acknowledges the Australian country music recording artist who has received that highest radio airplay during the previous year. The recipient of the PPCA Most Broadcast Australian Country Music Artist Award for 2006 was Keith Urban.

The full list of 2007 CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards are:
Rex Barry Award
Mike Smith

Entertainer of the Year
Troy Cassar-Daley

Independent Entertainer of the Year
Felicity Urquhart

Record Company of the Year - Major Distribution
Compass Bros Records

Record Company of the Year - Independent
Shock Records

Publishing Company of the Year
ABC Music Publishing

Media Achiever of the Year - Individual
John Nutting

Media Achiever of the Year - Organisation
Country Music Capital News

Musician of the Year
James Gillard

Engineer of the Year
Ted Howard

Producer of the Year
Garth Porter

Cover Art of the Year
Glen Hannah - Ring Around The Moon (James Blundell)

Retailer of the Year
The Country Music Store, Brisbane

Entertainment Venue of the Year
The Pub, Tamworth

Club or Association of the Year
Australian Bush Balladeers Association (ABBA), National

PPCA Most Broadcast Australian Country Music Artist - 2006
Keith Urban

CMAA Board Election
The results of the 2007 CMAA Board election, as voted by the Professional Membership, were announced in Sydney yesterday at the AGM. Elected to fill the two vacant Board positions for a term of three years were Rod McCormack and Chris O’Hearn.

Visit <
http://www.country.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1025  > to view all elected Board Members of your national industry organisation. All candidates show their support of the Australian Country music industry in so many ways.

Both the Board Election and the Achiever Awards were voted for online, and the response and feedback has been fantastic. Thank you for embracing this new quick and easy way of participating in the activities of the CMAA.
 
VARIETY BASH STRIKES GOLD!
While Australia’s elite athletes were competing in the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, Australia’s happiest fundraisers struck gold in Australia’s Outback.
Variety, The Children’s Charity has just completed its 23rd Annual B to B Bash where over $2.4 million was raised by its crazy and madcap entrants to assist Australia’s special needs children.
This year’s 5,100 plus kilometre Base to Bathurst Bash had a robust send off from the Royal Australian Naval Base, at Garden Island on Sunday 5th August with Dr Brendan Nelson, the Minister of Defence, waving the starter’s flag.
A total of 107 outlandish and colourful cars embarked on the thirteen day adventure around country NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. They visited towns such as Dubbo, Brewarrina, Thargomindah, Charleville, Longreach, Richmond, Burketown, Borroloola and Katherine before completing their marathon journey alongside the HMAS Bathurst patrol boat in Darwin!

During this time on the Outback’s red and rough dirt tracks 19 schools were visited where Appeals totalling over $70,000 were granted to assist special needs children or the schools themselves. They were entertained by the World’s Skinniest Magician, Super Hubert, who on some days performed three shows for extremely enthusiastic audiences of Outback children.

The Bash is neither a race nor a rally, rather it’s a “drive in the Outback with a few mates” and there are no timed sections or prizes for speed. There is an “Outright Winner” which is voted on by the Bashers and this is a team that epitomises the spirit of the Bash. This year that prestigious title went to the “Winestone Cowgirls” who are Amanda Hiscox, Paula Williams and Lindy Hayman.

Money trophies were also awarded and these were the B to B Cup (Highest Corporate Fundraiser) which went to the NRMA
Insurance Team, the Chief Barker’s Cup (Highest Team Fundraiser) awarded to the NAVY Team and the Chairman's Trophy (Highest Individual Fundraising car) going to the “Three Peas” who are Frank & Kathy Robinson and Penny Berman.

In addition to Variety’s gifts to the schools many Bashers and their corporate supporters made individual presentations to schools. These included Hewlett Packard digital photo printers & paper, books from "Let’s Write”, cricket gear, various other sporting equipment, microwave ovens from Sanyo, stationery goods plus many more items of value.

The NRMA Insurance Team provided each school with a digital camera. The NAVY Team ran a colouring-in competition with the winners from each school receiving a portable DVD player. The NSW Fire Brigade and the Rural Fire Service held a writing competition with each school; their prizes of books were supplied by Double Day Australia.

All these wonderful gifts plus the extraordinary amount of money raised proved once again the “gift of giving,” especially when it comes to our special needs children, is as strong as ever in a world facing tough times and harsh commercial realities.
 
For more information about Variety, The Children’s Charity and the Variety Bash, please visit www.varietynsw.org.au  , or call (02) 9555 1688.
 
Pegasus Music plugging Aussie Music in Nashville
International publishers Ginny and Errol Peters of Pegasus Music Otorohanga New Zealand have a very busy four weeks scheduled for their USA trip when they leave next week.
Their itinerary runs like this. First stop is the rural Missouri Valley in Iowa to attend the Farm Folks Music Fest over the weekend. The festival in the Old Farm Museum raises funds for the flood aid fund where the Missouri Valley had disastrous floods earlier this year.
Then it’s on to the National Traditional Country Music Assn. Old Time Country & Bluegrass Festival for almost a week until September 2. Artists appearing include a legacy of music veteran performers Jeanne Pruitt, Stonewall Jackson, Red Steagall, Mel McDaniels, Charlie McCoy, Bobby G. Rice and Lacy J Dalton to name a few.

Ginny will host and also appear at a Kiwi Invasion Show which features many New Zealand Country Artists including Jenny Blackadder (NZ Queen of the Banjo) Anne George, Heather Holland, The Johnny Possum Bluegrass Band, Marcie Alexander and many others.

Ginny who is an accomplished singer songwriter herself will receive two awards honouring industry achievements.

First an induction into the NTCMA ‘Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame’ in recognition of her lengthy involvement in country music in the USA which began with her first record releases in Memphis in 1972, to her charting singles in 1988 and successes with Country Music Legend Cliffie Stone and her several NTCMA appearances in the eighties.

Perhaps the award that Ginny will treasure the most is from the Rural Roots Music Commission the International Original Song of the Year for the beautifully penned ‘In The Arms Of A Memory’ recorded twelve times around the world including in Australia by Brian Letton and in the US by Cliffie Stone.

Immediately after, they leave for Nashville for a number of meetings with industry specialists management groups and artist reps promoting their Pegasus Music catalogue. High on this list of songs are those by the writers in the Aussie Independent Music catalogue.

This trip while being very enjoyable will also assist in the very important role in representing writers from downunder internationally.
 
RED REBEL MUSIC CELEBRATES ARTISTS' SUCCESS
Red Rebel Music, is today celebrating the success of their clients on the Satellite Music Australia Country Chart with 4 out of the top 5 being associated with the management, publicists and indie label.

Drew McAlister's single "Along For The Ride" remains in the top spot after debuting at #1 last week; Steve Eales' "Girls on Horses" is at #2; Stephen Rowe's debut track "Broken Hill" enters at #4 and Tania Kernaghan's "Life Don't Get Much Better Than This" holds in the chart at #5.

"I am so proud to be associated with these great artists and to see these sorts of results indicates that people are enjoying what our country artists are doing and that we are competing with the best of them. Rounding out the Top 5 is the Dixie Chicks at number 3 - so to be named in their company is pretty exciting", says Karen Waters of Red Rebel Music.

Besides success on the SMA chart, Red Rebel Music clients are also excelling in other areas. Tania Kernaghan recently spent 4 weeks at Number 1 on the Top 30 Country Singles Chart and been named a finalist for Female Vocalist and Single of The Year in the Australia Independent Country Music Awards. Drew McAlister has been named a finalist for Male Vocalist in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards and "Along For The Ride" is #29 on the Top 30 Country Singles Chart. Lee Foster's latest hit "Drinkin' Bone" has just hit #13 on the Music Network Country Airplay Chart. Stephen Rowe has been wowing them overseas and has just recorded a new duet with Tania Kernaghan called "Let's Fall In Love Again" which will be released on Monday 10th September through Red Rebel Music/MGM Distribution and digital networks. Three Red Rebel clients - Tania Kernaghan, Drew McAlister & Lee Forster - will also be featured in the season final of the top rating Channel 9 lifestyle program, "Discover Downunder", this Saturday at 4pm.

"We've also started our campaign in the pop/rock markets with Fiona Kernaghan's "City of Angels" recently hitting #1 on the SMA Homegrown Chart over Missy Higgins, Pete Murray, Dallas Crane and Old Man River. We're looking forward to Fiona's new album in October and another hot new pop/rock act we're working with named Cherie Lucas. Cherie's debut single is released next month. It really is an exciting time for Red Rebel Music", concludes Waters.
www.redrebelmusic.com
 
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A.B.B.A. - Finalists in the CMAA Achiever Awards 2007!
The A.B.B.A. is a finalist in the "Club or Association of the Year" of these prestigious awards...
A.B.B.A....
In the space of only 7 years, the Australian Bush Balladeers Association Incorporated has welcomed approximately 900 members. The quarterly ‘Balladeers Bulletin’ magazine and website services not only members, but radio stations and offices of Country Music with updates from the bush ballad movement. The annual Bush Balladeer Star Quest winners receive a firm start, via promotional single and major appearances for 12 months. A.B.B.A presents showcases and concerts promoting bush ballads, seeking to work and achieve in harmony with other country music bodies, whilst continuing to build a strong future for the bush ballad. www.bushballadeers.com.au
 
2007 CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards Finalist - Lorraine Pfitzner!
Secretary of The Australian Bush Balladeers Association Lorraine Pfitzner has been named as a finalist in the Rex Barry Award category of the 2007 CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards!
Lorraine Pfitzner....
In 1956 Lorraine Pfitzner began writing country reports for Spurs magazine, and later Spotlight, Country Music Express and Capital News. In 1988 Lorraine began presenting country on radio 2YOU-FM in Tamworth and almost 20 years later those programs continue. With a love and respect for history, Lorraine voluntarily records the oral histories of our pioneers for posterity and is involved with organisations including the Australian Country Music Foundation, the Australian Bush Balladeers’ Association and the Country Capital Bronze Bust Association. She has produced two country music cookbooks and is a Hands of Fame inductee.
Voting for these categories and others, will soon be underway by members of the Country Music Association of Australia to determine winners, who are to be announced at a gala presentation function at the Waters Edge Function Centre in Sydney on September 10th.
A full list of finalists are online at www.country.com.au   Click on the 2007 Finalists subpage under Achiever Awards on the menu.
Congratulations to all finalists!
 
Lynette Guest on The Wall of Honour
Tamworth’s own Lynette Guest was the mid-year inductee onto the Wall of Honour during The Hats Off Festival.
The Wall is dedicated to Australian Country Music Artists making an important contribution of our Professional Recording Industry and Lyn’s involvement has been significant for several decades.
 
Eric Scott spoke about her many harmony sessions in the 70’s & 80’s at Hadley Records. Hadley, at that time, was the main country recording studio and label operating out of Tamworth.

As always, Eric’s commanding speech immediately set the mood.
 
Lindsay Butler then added his tribute to a lady whom he admires greatly for her attitude and aptitude in the recording studio. Lyn has been involved with many LBS releases since its inception 18 years ago. Lindsay also toured with Lyn on the Buddy Williams Show and reminisced about those days.
 
Two of her close friends, Patti Morgan and Lorraine Pfitzner added the personal touch to the presentation and a recorded message from her Brother Kelvin was also played over the PA, moving Lyn and everyone else inside Butlers.
 
Ross Murphy of Opal records proudly sponsored Lyn onto the wall and gladly made the presentation, paying respects to her as a groomed professional whenever she entered the studio to record.

The crowd was obviously moved by the personal presentation to a lady whose contribution to the Recording Industry has been huge and in Lyn’s own humble manner she quietly said ‘I thought there was something up’ when Shaz interrupted her performance and her guitar was removed.

Lyn now joins the likes of Lindsay Butler, John Williamson, Col Elliott & Graeme Connors on the Wall Of Honour.
Web Address:
www.lbsmusic.com.au/wallofhonour.htm
 
Watch Out – The Variety Bash is Coming to Town!
If you see over a hundred crazy cars carrying nearly 400 even crazier people coming down the street, you’ll know that the 2007 Variety NSW ‘NRMA Insurance’ Base to Bathurst (Darwin) Bash has come to town!
The annual Variety Bash celebrates a year of fundraising, as dedicated Variety ‘Bashers’ drive their decorated pre-1970 cars through country areas to support isolated and special needs kids.
This year’s Bash will take off from Garden Island at the Royal Australian Navy Base on Sunday 5th August, and will then embark on a thirteen day adventure around country NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory visiting towns such as Dubbo, Brewarrina, Thargomindah, Charleville, Longreach, Richmond, Burketown, Borroloola, Katherine and finishing in a large party at Darwin!

The Bash is about putting the 'fun' back into fundraising with fantastic theme days and pranks, our main goal remains – raising as much money as possible for Australia’s special needs children. The 2006 Variety Bash raised over $1.7million (NET), and this year’s Bash is bound to exceed this amount to allow Variety to help even more children in need.

Variety, The Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the quality of life of special needs children. Kids in need directly benefit from the wonderful services and special equipment provided by Variety including wheelchairs, modified tricycles, musical equipment, sports programs, special needs children’s camps, Sunshine Coaches, Braille typewriters, walkers, the innovative Liberty Wheelchair Swings, and more recently the Variety Show of Hearts Scholarship Fund.

Last year alone, Variety, The Children’s Charity granted over $3.1 million in Appeals across NSW. Highlights of the 2006 Appeals include, $834,000 for wheelchairs, $566,000 for hospital and retrieval equipment for neonates and children, 14 Liberty Swings, 9 Sunshine Coaches and 17 Show of Hearts Scholarships. The Bash is an integral part of Variety’s fundraising efforts.

The Variety Bash does not draw any funds from the communities visited, it only leaves money behind, and in many cases the Bashers donate playground equipment, books, Liberty Swings and other items to schools and community groups along the way.
 
STRAWBALE DESIGN WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP
 
Win a vintage 1959 Maton guitar
Just a last reminder that our competition to win a vintage 1959 Maton guitar courtesy of Ric's Vintage Guitars and Groove Magazine closes at Midnight (WST) on Friday 29th June. To enter simply visit our website at www.groovemagazine.com.au/comps/RicsVintage/WinRicsVintage.htm
and fill out the online entry form or pick up the current Groove Magazine for only $4.95 in newsagents everywhere.
 
Buddy Williams Story
They are doing a production on the Buddy Williams story and would love to hear and receive any films photo's or memorabilia from people who worked or knew him or maybe just fans of this wonderful Australian country music pioneer? email Attitude Productions @ graham.archer@bigpond.com 

 
Click here new home for the largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere
 
Country Art for Cancer
Attitude Productions and the Tamworth Cancer Council invites every one to visit the inaugural Country Art for Cancer exhibition, free admission, being held at the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery from 6th July to 15th July, during the Hats Off to Country Music Festival.
 
On exhibition and for auction will be more than 40 plus items of artwork have been donated from Australia’s country performers including The Sunny Cowgirls, Deniese Morrison, Troy Cassar-Daley and his mum Irene, Merelyn Carter, Jean Stafford, Tania Kernaghan and her mum Pamela, plus Cat Southern (Starmaker 2006), Amber Lawrence, Korey Livy, Mark Holden (Australian Idol Judge) and Keith Potger from the renowned Seekers, Bob Howie plus many many more country music entertainers who have all donated personally created artwork that covers a vast range of artistic mediums, from acrylic paintings to a hand painted dress by Deb Minter.

Upcoming artists such as local painter ShaSandra and Carmen Fraser (granddaughter of former PM Malcolm Fraser) Brenda Lee Heathcote and local artists Andrea Bruno & Sally Hill have also kindly donated their work to be auctioned.

All the donated art work plus special memorabilia donations from the legendary Rolf Harris and Aussie balladeer, John Williamson, photos from June Underwood and Bob Howie plus much more will be auctioned on 7th July at the Country Art 4 Cancer Art Auction during the Cancer Councils Winter dinner & dance ball at the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, tickets available at the Cancer Council office 1/118 Peel Street or phone 02 67 66 11 64.

The public is invited to be part of this innovative fundraiser. The process is simple, view the art for free at the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, book a table or a seat at the Cancer Council Winter ball dinner and dance plus be a part of the inaugural Country Art 4 Cancer art auction, raising money to help those diagnosed with gynaecological cancer.

For ball bookings or further information contact the Cancer Council Community Relations Coordinator Kristy Reading on 67 66 11 64 email: kristyr@nswcc.org.au 
Or Country Art 4 Cancer project coordinator, Graham Archer:
Attitude Productions: 02 6769 5737 - mobile: 0419 817 215 - email: graham.archer@bigpond.com
COUNTRY ART 4 CANCER Donating Artists
Confirmed list as of 17/06/07

Judge Glenda Gorton (Attunga Artist) Judge Anna Rose
Plus Peoples Choice Award - Auctioneers: Jason Bowers & Paul Dooley (Elders)

1. Tania Kernaghan (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)
2. Pamela Kernaghan ( Tania’s Mum)
3. Merlynn Carter - Carter & Carter (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)
4. Ian Muir (Country Performer & Artist)
5. Brenda Lee Heathcote (Country Performer, Songwriter & Artist)
6. ShaSandra Archer (Contemporary Artist )
7. Deniese Morrison (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)X2
8. Glennys Briggs (Indigenous Artist)
9. June Underwood (Photographer)X2
10. Mark Holden ( The Holden’s -Australian Idol Judge)
11. Carmen Fraser ( Granddaughter of former PM Malcolm Frazer)
12. Jon Langdon (American country singer/artist)
13. The Sunny Cowgirls (Country Performers)X2
14. Kath Morton ( Tex Morton’s Wife)
15. Troy Cassar Daley. Multi Golden Guitar Winner
16. Bob Howe Multi Golden Guitar WinnerX4
17. Kel-Anne Brandt (Country Performer & Artist)
18. Amy Johnson (Country Performer & Artist)
19. Korey Livy (Country Performer )
20. Shaza Leigh (Country Performer & Artist)
21. Greg Champion Country Performer/BroadcasterX4
22. Jean Stafford (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)
23. Luella (Country Performer)
24. Patti McKinnon (country Chick) (Country Performer)
25. Deb Minter (Journalist Country Parody singer) hand painted dress
26. Keith Potger (member of the Seekers)
27. Staye (Gaye & Steve )
28. John Williamson (Multi Golden Guitar Winner) memorabilia signed flag
29. Paully Grierson (Member of Simply Bushed band )X2
30. Amber Lawrence (Country Music Performer )
31. The Rustlers (Country Rock Band)
32. Jodie Crosby (Golden Guitar Winner)
33. Andrea Bruno (Local Tamworth Artist)
34. Sally Hill (Local Tamworth Artist)
35. Cat Southern (country performer star maker winner)
36. Tony Windsor (Politician )
37. Nick Erby (Broadcaster)
38. Irene Cassar Daley (Troys Mum)?
39. Becy Cole (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)TBC
40. Kasey Chambers (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)TBC
41. Missy Higgins (Multi Aria Winner)TBC
42. Sara Storer (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)TBC
43. Gina Jeffries (Multi Golden Guitar Winner)TBC
44. Karen Lynne (Multi award winner)TBC
45. Tony Morris (Qld Country Singer)TBC
46. Rolf Harris (memorabilia)?

Research on the Bee Gees
Mark is doing a research on the Bee Gees Australian years in the mid 60's and is trying to track down a singer named Ellie Rae or maybe Michelle Rae.  Please email Mark.Crohan@dhs.vic.gov.au if you have any info.
 
The 12m tall Big Golden guitar and Tourist Centre is for sale for $1.5million.  It includes the Country Music Star wax museum plus a coffee shop, music shop and gift shop.
 
Loose Threads aid Cystic Fibrosis
Tamworth, Wednesday 23 May 2007:
Tourism Tamworth and the local ladies that have nicknamed themselves ‘Loose Threads’ have come together in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Australia to assist in raising money for research and treatments for this life threatening, genetic condition.

In a mere five weeks, the collection of local lovely ladies have hand-made a beautiful quilt featuring an array of roses from a special CD that has been developed to assist in raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis. The CD, which contains 65 rose machine embroidery designs, has been produced by Maureen Russell (who’s grandson Justin was born with the condition) and has already sold-out generating more than $10,000 for the Foundation.

The term 65 Roses has become quite well-known across the world as it is what some children with Cystic Fibrosis call their disease as the words are much easier for them to pronounce. This term has become quite well-known across the Tamworth thanks in part to country music favourites, The Wolverines, who are official ambassadors for the charity. The country music connection paralleled with the ‘Loose Threads’ makes Tamworth an ideal location for such a unique fundraising activity.

“Tourism Tamworth will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis with the main prize the magnificent quilt the ‘Loose Threads’ have created.” said Ms Rebel Thomson, General Manager, Tourism Tamworth. “We will be selling raffle tickets over the next couple of months and it will be drawn at the commencement of the 2007 Great Escape Car Rally which kicks off here in Tamworth.”

The upcoming annual ‘Great Escape 2007’ fundraising car rally will kick-off in Tamworth on Monday 3 September and heads to Charleville, Longreach, Eungella, Airlie Beach (and the Whitsundays) and Reedy Creek Winery before reaching Ballina on Thursday 13 September, 10-days later. As a unique fundraising activity for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, participants and spectators along the trip can expect to see something a little different, a little unpredictable and a whole lot of fun.

Tourism Tamworth has supported the rally and has gone as far as to enter its very own rally car (and support vehicle) to assist in raising much-needed funds for research into Cystic Fibrosis in addition to holding some other special activities during September that will be announced over the coming weeks.

Tickets in the raffle for the rose quilt went on sale on Saturday 5 May and will continue to be sold right up until the Monday 3 September at a cost of $2 per ticket.

For further information about the quilt raffle or other events currently being organised to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, or details about other activities held in the Tamworth region, please contact Tourism Tamworth on 02 6767 5300 or log onto www.visittamworth.com .
 
Not fit for even a POP STAR!
A phoney motel, known only as the “Pop Star Motel”
Tamworth, 18 May 2007: Some say the Tamworth Country Music Festival, presented by Telstra is a wonderful place of dreams and magic… for most this is a reality! Internet scams have become significantly less over the years thanks to strict online content monitoring, however one is now targeting our interested travellers of the Festival.

A local website promoting the annual Festival allows viewers to leave accommodation requests for our busiest time of the year. Innocent festival goers leave their email address and contact information for accommodation providers to contact if they have accommodation available on the dates stated. Now Tourism Tamworth is warning those classified placers to be careful.

Three individuals who have placed classifieds have contacted Tourism Tamworth in the past month to check that their accommodation offer is legitimate.

A phoney motel, known only as the “Pop Star Motel” has been emailing individuals and claiming availability for the desired stay period. The email goes on to offer accommodation at $160 per night for accommodation and breakfast. Of course, they also mention that it is their peak time and that to secure their room; guests must provide credit card details immediately.

What’s more, the email includes images of the hotel which would not look out of place on the beaches of Hawaii with their sweeping palm trees and poolside bungalow. With images to tempt, the Pop Star Motel claims their address is 3644 Peel Street.

“This is a huge concern for us. The last thing we want is for anyone anticipating a great festival experience to arrive here only to find that their accommodation does not exist. We have contacted the website who has since put a notice on their classifieds page however we are asking all interested visitors to ensure they book their accommodation through legitimate channels,” said Ms Rebel Thomson, General Manager, Tourism Tamworth.

Tourism Tamworth is putting the final touches on their Festival Information Guide which is the booklet sent out to all interested Festival-goers. This guide contains factual information that is compiled by Tourism Tamworth and all information including contact details are checked with the operators.

The 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival presented by Telstra Information Guide will be available from the beginning of June 2007.

If you would like to find out more information about the 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival presented by Telstra, or alternatively if you’re planning a trip to Tamworth at anytime of the year to see what hidden delights are on offer in the region, contact Tourism Tamworth on 02 6767 5300 or visit www.visittamworth.com

 
Frank Ifield inducted into Hall of Fame.
69 yrs. old Frank Ifield will receive Australia's top music honour in Melbourne on July 18th 2007.  He will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.  Frank was a big star in the 50s and 60s.  He had to give up singing 12 years ago as he had surgery for collapsed lungs
 
For all inquiries - Tamworth Camerata Box 7068 NEMSC Tamworth 2348.
Administration 02 6765 4875
E-mail or Coordinator 0408 255908 
E-mail

http://www.thepub.com.au/camerata/html/information.html
 
2007 Hats Off to Country Festival
5 - 8 July 2007
Planning is also underway for the 2007 Hats Off to Country Festival with the introduction of the new event the “Grand National Champion of Champions”. Tamworth Regional Council has also expressed its support in the 2007 event. The Tamworth Moteliers Association has agreed to a three year deal (2006-08) as a major sponsor of the new “Grand National Champs event.
International Songwriting Contest is now accepting entries for 2007. The ISC Overall Grand Prize for 2007 includes a $25,000 cash prize, the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition. Visit www.songwritingcompetition.com  for more information and entry forms.
 
 
Australian first, alt country performer Nik Phillips has signed a licensing agreement
with China’s leading music company
In an Australian first, alt country performer Nik Phillips has signed a licensing agreement with China’s leading music company Pacific Audio and Video Company (PAV) to distribute his album ‘Songs from the 4th Floor’.

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said it was the first time an Australian act had been signed by a Chinese record label and the deal would certainly open the door for future Queensland talent.

“Nik’s debut performance at the Guangdong International Tourism and Cultural Festival in November last year was an undeniable hit and made quite an impression on China’s entertainment elite,” Mr Beattie said.

“Pacific Audio and Video Company is China’s equivalent of Sony Music and is a subsidiary of Radio Guangdong, which broadcasts across the whole of mainland China – it doesn’t get much bigger than that!

“PAV is confident Nik’s album will appeal to China’s middle-class college student market.”
Southport-born Nik Phillips said he was excited about where this next adventure would take him.

“It’s very exciting, and a bit complicated … because no-one’s done it before,” Mr Phillips said.
“But PAV and I are both eager to see where it will go. There is something tangible there – a real connection – despite the language differences.”

Nik said it was not altogether surprising that both Brisbane and Beijing had recently been named two of Billboard Magazine’s “five unlikely cities spawning exciting new sounds”.

“I can remember when Brisbane was thought of as a place you had to leave to succeed. But, when I was in China last year I was surprised by how interested the Chinese people were in Australian music and culture. It’s an exciting meeting ground!”

Premier Beattie said Nik performed up to 300 shows a year playing before crowds at venues ranging from local hotels through to capacity football stadium events such as the State of Origin.

“Nik has written, recorded and performed both the official Queensland State of Origin and Queensland Reds theme songs.

“His song Come Back Soon was used by the Red Cross for its East Timor campaign which helped to raise over $70 000 for two of the country’s orphanages.

“And this year he was nominated for a Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent at the Tamworth Country Music Awards.

“If you don’t know of him yet, you can bet it won’t be long before you do.”

Nik’s album ‘Songs from the 4th Floor’ is expected to hit mainland China within the first half of this year and is available for licensing in all territories.
For more information contact:
Neil Richards @ Square One Entertainment
email neilrichards@hotkey.net.au 
Office (AUST) +61 7 5548 6268
Office (USA) +1 310 928 1079
Mobile (Cell) +61 413 391 859
Postal PO Box 554 Jimboomba QLD Australia 4280
 
Well known Singer Alby Pool is looking for a guitarist Vocalist to work with me in Duo , Trio , and band formats  , Must have a good knowledge of the country genre and be able to travel  to festivals etc . Interested people should contact me on my mobile 0427992178.
 
Teacher wanted
Someone who is familiar with bush instruments is required to teach students all about them at a Hunter Valley (NSW) school. No formal qualifications required, just the ability to play the instruments and teach the students all about them ie how they are made, history of the instruments etc. contact Randall Colt on 02 4938 8378.
 
A big year for blurb creative solutions
In August last year Rhonda Sinclair set up blurb creative solutions as a media and marketing agency to support artists and musicians in Tamworth and interstate.
 
It wasn’t long before her client base grew and by December this year Rhonda clearly represented a broad spectrum of the industry in various music genres particularly western swing, contemporary, country rock, heritage and traditional bush ballad.

Many are singer -songwriters well established in their craft and significantly recognised for their work - Jean Stafford, Keri McInerney, Michael O’Rourke, Alby Pool, Nellie Donovan, Nick Cesta, Terry & Jenny Bennetts, Sally- Anne Whitten, Those Gals, Dean Johnson, Jude D’Lasselle, bush poet laureate Carol Heuchan and LBS Music Australia - LBS Record Label Artists Shaza Leigh, Lindsay Butler, Noel Parlane, Tom Maxwell, Melissa Bajric and Naomi Therese.

Two major event organisers TSA Tamworth Songwriting Association and TIARAs Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Association have also benefited from the media distribution support by blurb creative solutions and Rhonda’s personal contribution on both organizing committees. TSA also benefited from valued sponsorships Rhonda obtained from the Southern Cross University (Contemporary Song of the Year) Myers Badges (Gospel Song of the Year) and ACMEC Records (Comedy/Novelty Section) including the award presentation in January by the Head of the Contemporary Program at SCU.

In May Rhonda worked with Camerata founders Joan Douglas and Greg Williams to secure an Australian Council for the Arts grant funding announced in October of $7500 for the 2007 College. Earlier in the year she assisted Dale Duncan in his representations for ACMF endorsement on his Malabar Mansion Project and the dedication of funds through albums sales to the heritage museum.

Blurb Creative Solutions works interstate with VoicePro in Brisbane run by professional audio specialist and 101.5fm Caboolture presenter Daryl Kirkup. Daryl provides audio support on specifically designed client powerpoint presentations created by Rhonda. Blurb also worked with Australian contemporary writer Steve Charles to provide a jingle for a new Tamworth based storage complex Alarmed Self Storage. A longer term project has been the transcribing and editing of CMR broadcaster Brian Howard’s autobiography expected to be released next year.

2006 and the end of 2005 were incredibly busy times and very fulfilling for many blurb clients most significantly Jean Stafford and JLCM-Group Marketing. At the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists 11th Annual Awards in September in Dallas Texas Jean was awarded AWA 2006 Western Swing Female Vocal of the Year for her single STEELIN’ THE 2 STEP – a tribute song to Bob Wills - nominated in two categories Female Vocal of the Year and Song of the Year. In September the song made US history as the first non-US artist to top the charts and remain there for 24 consecutive weeks. Similar success followed in UK and Europe in November charting at No. 1 in POLAND No.1 in The NETHERLANDS No. 1 in FRANCE x 3 consecutive weeks No. 1 in SPAIN No. 1 in HOLLAND No. 2 in SWEDEN No. 4 in Denmark No. 8 in BELGIUM No 10 in the UK No. 10 in GERMANY Plus airplay in many other European countries. In August Bellbird Music released a re-issue of an early gospel album and in December Jean signed an Australian and NZ distribution deal with Rajon Music.

‘Jean’s trip to the States was totally unexpected for everyone and it’s fantastic that she has been recognised for what is a great song. It’s a huge effort from such an established artist who has lead the way in many career firsts. Any fan of western swing can understand the hype surrounding the song if they know their history and the dues owed to Bob Wills. What’s really amazing is that an Australian female artist wrote, recorded and co-produced it AND won a significant award in Dallas Texas for a song that sat at no 1 on the US Western Swing Charts for SIX months and was dedicated and played in the Lincoln Centre in New York. Pretty amazing stuff really.’

Michael O’Rourke received seven nominations in 2006. Two Gold Guitar nominations for Male Vocal & Heritage Song of the Year, two Southern Star Independent nominations for Male Vocal & Heritage Song of the Year, two Top Ten ACMLA Listener nominations for Heritage Song of the Year and Bush Ballad of the Year and a QLD Gold Medallion nomination for Male Vocal of the Year with his co-written song ‘The Hat’ produced by James Roche and Michael Fix.

Newcomer Nellie Donovan released a new album in January 2006 and a Ross Woods filmed video clip which made the Top Ten MUSICOZ The Channel (V) Best Unsigned Video Clip Award. After an extensive round of touring in Queensland and appearances at Mildura and Gympie Nellie has been selected to attend the 2007 CMAA College and is a 2007 Starmaker finalist.

‘Jean, Michael and Nellie are three artists who had a big year this year. Dale Duncan Terry & Jenny Bennetts and Dean Johnston are a couple more who achieved many things. In fact everyone worked so hard this year to achieve either more than last year or to make greater inroads. I have to say that every client is dedicated and they all work extremely hard to promote their music and the industry.’

‘Also significant was working with LBS and Lindsay and Shaza when they released LBS’s 100th album. It too is an incredible feat in itself. I got to spend some time in October at the LBS Robina Studios when I visited Brisbane for the Big Sound Music Industry Conference at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. It was a perfect opportunity to gain greater insight into emusic and the digital music industry internationally.’

‘The last twelve months plus have been hard work but I’ve had so much fun being a part of each moment for each client and the various committees. It really has been worthwhile working on different projects seeing the results and sharing the fun’ Rhonda said.
contact: Rhonda Sinclair mobile: 0438 902413
 
Benefit raises more than $10,000 for "Little McKenzie"
 
Music graduates are making their mark

Glen Hannah                                                         Scott Hills
What do noted country music musicians Scott Hills and Glen Hannah have in common?
They are both graduates of Southern Cross University’s unique Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree.

Scott, from Alstonville in the Northern Rivers, joined the ranks of Australia’s top country performers when he and his band, The Flood, won a coveted Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards this year.

Multi-talented Glen, who now lives at Avoca on the NSW Central Coast, is making a name for himself in both music and design.

A well respected and accomplished guitarist who plays with Kasey Chambers’ band, Glen has also played and sung with Troy Cassar-Daley, written songs with Felicity Urquhart and been a session musician with many leading Australian artists.

In addition to his musical career, Glen has his own graphic design business, Goonga Design, and has been lead designer for Music Sales for the last six years - designing music books and covers for artists such as Delta Goodrem, The Living End, Kasey Chambers, The Wiggles, Pete Murray, Thirsty Merk and Lior.

His graphic art is in great demand and his work is now recognised throughout the music and publishing industry.

Scott is drummer for The Flood, a country-roots band which received their Tamworth award in the best group or duo category. He has also performed with other leading Australian musicians including Graeme Connors, Troy Cassar-Daley, Melinda Schneider, Sara Storer, Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Tommy Emmanuel and Marcia Hines.

“I’m only the new guy in the band, but it was great to be sharing the stage with all the other Golden Guitar winners like Paul Kelly and John Williamson. It’s an award The Flood really deserves,” Scott said.

Scott said the Southern Cross University connection was now Australia-wide.

“More and more at festivals and shows I come across the familiar faces of people who have also studied at SCU,” he said.

“It meant everything to me to get into the Southern Cross University course, mainly because of the staff. They are some of the most renowned musicians in the country.”

For Glen, too, the best part of the course was the lecturers. “They were outstanding teachers,” he said.

Other successful Bachelor of Contemporary Music graduates include Joe Hansen (Grinspoon), James Haselwood (Dissociatives), Richard Sanford (Delta Goodrem's New York Musical Director), Scott Aplin (Delta's Australian MD), Jodi Martin (singer and songwriter), Sam Hawksley (guitarist, songwriter, and producer) and Ramesh Sathiah (partner in Songzu – a leading sound design company).

Associate Professor Jon Fitzgerald, course coordinator of the Contemporary Music Program, said there were many advantages to studying at Southern Cross University.

“The small size of the town and university means that students jam and socialise together from the start. We also hold a first-year music camp to help this process,” he said.

“As a result they find themselves trying a wide range of musical styles that they might not have considered in the city (nor had a chance to try). This often leads to career opportunities they never envisioned.

“The program offers performance, composition and music production majors - so students are involved in a lot of real-life music industry-style collaborations, while the extensive SCU graduate network often provides an industry entry point for talented graduates.”

Wendy Broome
Faculty Administrative Support Officer
Faculty of Arts
(02) 6620-3125
 
Troy Cassar-Daley took out two Gongs at the 12th annual Deadly Awards in September 2006.  He won Artist of the Year for song "Lonesome but Free" -  Sharnee Fenwick promising New Talent and the Pigram Brothers won album of the year for their release "Mango Tree"
AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT
The Seven Network are looking for unique, original, unusual and outstanding performers for ...
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The Seven Network is searching for the very best undiscovered entertainers across the country – and we’re offering a
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Are a champion acrobat, line dancer, fiddler or yodeller?
You could be 8yrs or 88yrs. If you’re the BEST or the ONLY person who does what you do then we want you!
If you’re interested in auditioning please call
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G'day everyone,
                        The search is on for all the Tommy Emmanuel
Telecasters out there, If you have one or know anybody who does, you can go

here http://www.tommyemmanuel.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1261&whichpage=1
and let them know,
thanks,
           Rick...
Rick Gough  0407762676
 
24/07/06 - Last week Australia’s national music industry trade publication, The Music Network announced that TimHollandCountry.com  - a new country music news and entertainment website, had gone live. The site has been created by the magazine's Content Manager and country writer Tim Holland.
The consumer focused, news-based website will feature both local and international contributors reviewing country based product and the big events in country music - from Tamworth through to Nashville and beyond.
It also features The Music Network’s Country Hot 30 National Country Airplay Chart along with links to CMC’s Top 30 Countdown and R&R’s US Country Airplay Chart.
The site’s launch on July 10 featured an exclusive online video interview with Adam Brand, shot during final rehearsals for his What A Life tour across Australia, as well as an interview with Big & Rich sidekick Two Foot Fred - shot during the CMA Festival in Nashville in June.
In the next couple of weeks more artist interviews will be posted along with footage from the CMA Global Artist showcase in Nashville last June, featuring Jake Nickolai and Telstra Road To Tamworth winner Nick Kingswell.
The site will support both new and established talent and one of it’s main goals is to cater to the immediate needs and expectations of a new generation of country music fans.
“The emergence of the Country Music Channel and artists like Adam Brand, The McClymonts, Keith Urban, Travis Collins, Steve Forde and The Baileys (who are attracting large audiences under the age of 30 at their shows) has seen interest in country music from the youth market increase significantly. With this in mind, one of the main focuses of the site will be to cater to the needs of this market. The site will present country music in a manner this market considers relevant and relatable, and news will be delivered in the immediate form that kids and young adults now demand,” says site creator Tim Holland.
“As the site moves forward and establishes its readership, I’ll be using the site to work with our strategic partners in country music to develop new initiatives to assist in the growth of the genre. One of my main goals with the site is to assist in establishing a greater digital presence for local country music artists.”
“Ultimately I envisage the site becoming a useful sales and promotional tool for local artists, tour presenters and locally based retail campaigns. I’m working on a number of promotional initiatives to ensure that this happens sooner rather than later.”
There will also be opportunities for emerging talent to build their profile as guest interviewers and presenters.
You can visit the site now at www.timhollandcountry.com 
For more information on the site itself and advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Holland on (+61 2) 9358 1600 or at tim@timhollandcountry.com

 
Fiddle Player Wanted
Tommy Tucker from Ringbark (Blue Mountains) is looking for a fiddle player to play in a four piece Bush Band in the Newcastle area. Please ring 02 49 817861
Eric Watson named first Literary Award recipient
Selection Records boss Eric Watson with his stable star, Evelyn Bury
 
Eric Watson, Australia's best known country music historian, has been named recipient of the first Australian Country Music Literary Award.
In a widely anticipated result, Eric was announced the winner and presented with a special award during the Cavalcade Of Stars concert in the Tamworth Town Hall on Friday night.

Eric published the first volume of his "History Of Country Music In Australia" in 1975, following in 1983 with the second volume.

Since then, the work has been the only comprehensive, definitive historical work covering country music in Australia, and, specifically, the careers of country music artists since "the beginning" up to the early 1980s.

Last year, Eric combined and republished the two books into one volume and the work is still in high demand.

Eric is also well known as the creator and owner of Selection Records, arguably the most successful and significant independent country music label in Australia.

Also a songwriter of note, Eric was involved for many years with the Tamworth Songwriters' Association helping it to establish as the nation's leading Australian country music songwriting organisation through the late 1970s and '80s.

The Australian Country Music Literary Award has been introduced by the Australian Country Music Foundation to recognise excellence in the recording and writing of Australian country music history and to encourage much more of the same.
 
Simon Johnson producing quality recordings
Just a quick note to let you all know about my recording studio.
I have been recording some demos for a few different people lately and am looking at getting into some serious projects real soon. Living at Copacabana on the Central Coast I have direct access to all the great country musicians around here which is important to me in producing quality recordings. If anyone's keen on doing some projects with me I can be contacted on 0413 993 037.
 
Nu Country TV
Nu Country TV needs more local artist video clips to blend in with the live footage.
For editing purposes the preferred format is MiniDV (or DVcam), DVD and VHS.
The Nu Country TV address for video clips, DVDS and CDS is P O Box 625, Northcote - 3070.
Click here for more info

 
Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways,"
to be released July 4th Click here for more info

 
Vote for the Aussie's!
Vote for the Aussie's on Chart Country please?  www.chartcountry.com  
At the moment there are just three Aussie's on Chart Country . However
we need to keep them on there for awhile.

 
www.countryhope.com.au
A country based, family centred support organisation for children diagnosed with cancer and similar illnesses.
Here you will be able to find out all the information about this great charity, and how you too can become involved. We are continually seeking assistance to support our year round programs, so if you are interested in helping us in any way, please go to our online support form and leave you're details. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
 
CASH WAS NEVER A COUNTRY STAR!!
In a keynote speech last night at the Powerhouse in Tamworth, Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), made the controversial statement “don’t call it country”!!!
 
Harking back to the days when Johnny Cash was enjoying a string of Top 40 hits around the world as seen in the movie “Walk The Line” Cash was not considered “country”. Acknowledging the potential of emerging Australian artists such as Jake Nickolai and Aleyce Simmonds, Warner went on to talk about the problems for country music at commercial radio with the message that “if you approach radio with a new CD and call it “country” it will have very limited chances of achieving airplay. A better alternative is to promote new artists as just that, new artists. Call it by any other name, but don’t call it country!”

Chances are that well known country acts Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, John Denver and even Elvis would not have made it at commercial radio if they had been promoted purely as country singers.

CCMC will be taking up Warner’s offer to meet with key programmers from major broadcasting stations to explore the possibility of developing a closer working relationship with commercial radio.

During the event hosted by APRA and CCMC, Network Ten’s Angela Bishop received

the CCMC Award for Media Excellence for her continued support and unbiased reporting on country music events and the CCMC Artist Award for Excellence went to Adam Harvey for his efforts in taking Australian country around the world.

Representing the CMA (the American Country Music Association), Rob Potts surprised Greg Swain, National Manager Regional Project and National Sponsorship for Telstra, with the Jo Walker-Meador Award for his contribution to country music outside of North America. Telstra are the Sponsor of the Telstra County Music Festival in Tamworth annually plus the prestigious Telstra Road To Tamworth talent search.
email merylg@tpg.com.au

Meryl Gross,
Vital Entertainment Solutions,
P.O. Box 513,
DRUMMOYNE 1470
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 02 9712 2046
Mobile: 0408 971 220
www.vitalentertainmentsolutions.com.au

 
College of Country Music
18 years and over applications close 30th June 2007
Contact CMAA Phone 02 6766 1577 
email  info@country.com.au
website  www.country.com.au
 
Camden Valley Country Music Club
PO Box 735
Camden NSW 2570

From Colleen Halls
46 25 69 85
 
Lyrics Wanted
Can anyone send me the lyrics of the song Cunnamulla Fellow.
 Thanks,  Venon Downing,  Garland TX.  75040
 email - vld1929@juno.com
 
Directory of Australian Country Music
 Rural Press Events, PO Box 3520, West Tamworth NSW 2340, fax 02 6762 2350, or
email directory@ruralpress.com .

  Music Industry Studies.
Please express your interest in achieving Certificate II to IV in Music
Industry Studies.
 If sufficient interest, Certificate courses on line for NW NSW.
 Email jim@musiciansheadquarters.com.au  indicating certificate preference.
 
G'day Everyone,
Just a quick e-mail to help out a mate, if you click
on this link http://www.users.bigpond.com/tomkinsguitars/stolen.html
You will see pictures of a Stolen guitar & mandolin, if you have any info at
all, you can
Phone Allan Tomkins on 0419 602 333 or 02 98083313 or e-mail Tomkins
Guitars, tomkinsguitars@bigpond.com
Thanks,
 Rick Gough

 
Port Stephen's radio announcer Ian Crombie is finally back on radio on 1629am Saturday 3pm to 6pm. He has been back for about 8 weeks. 
All the best Ian from Ragepage, I am sure all your listeners will soon find where you are.
 
When Adam Brand's not touring he can be found racing V8 utes or at a Gold Coast Restaurant called "Nonna's " named after his grandmother.  He also wants to buy a good old country pub .
 
Working on Dusty Dream
from Kempsey's Local Paper
by Sue Paterick -
2004
The dream to build a state-of -the-art heritage Centre to showcase memories of Kempsey's own country music legend Slim Dusty could begin in just a few months. Slim Dusty Foundation board chairman Doug Thompson said subject to finances a development application should be lodged with Kempsey Shire Council in as little as six months. The project to build the Heritage Centre has attracted sponsorship from some big National Companies. $100,000 was raised at Slim's Tribute Concert during Tamworth Country Music 2004 Festival. The foundation's office is in the ABC building at Kemp St. Kempsey.
Anyone interested in what the Heritage Centre will be like when completed can view it's progress on the foundation's web site
www.slimdustycentre.com.au  When completed the heritage centre will house 20 separate sections that will feature three animated Slim Dustys, flying owls and dingo gorge. There will also be a Pub with no beer complete with caricatures of famous Australians and a semi trailer full of sheep. There will be two waterfalls, one inside the building and one outside, an opal mine, a truck stop, a dance hall, a restaurant and conference facility area.  The Centre will also feature a gallery, retail section and an outdoor concert facility that will accommodate up to 2000 people and a large car park.
On the 13th July the local radio station announced the federal government had contributed $1.5 million towards the project.
 
TED LAUNCHES "THE LAND DOWNUNDER"
from CMAA
THE LATEST book from soon to be Northern Territory Administrator and country music legend Ted Egan will be launched at Victoria's Alfred Park Yacht Club on Wednesday, October 22nd 2004.

Titled "The Land Downunder" the book is "about the people who have made Australia the colourful, exuberant and modern nation it is. They are convicts, pioneers, explorers, adventurers and entrepreneurs. And they are the first Australians the Aboriginal people. Above all there are women. Ted argues that through its history women have been the real stalwarts of Australian life".

The book has more than 50 illustrations, many of them classics which have seldom or never appeared in print.

There are also the lyrics of many of Ted's best loved songs, like The Drover's Boy, A Song For Grace, God's Police, The Tiger And The Don, The Girl From Botany Bay and I've Been Everywhere, Man.

It was Ted Egan who introduced Rolf Harris to the song Two Little Boys, and Rolf writes a preface to the book, recommending it. "He is a marvellous man", says Rolf of Ted, "a great entertainer with a gift for communication. Ted's knowledge of and empathy for the people who have shaped our land shines through in this book. It will appeal to young and old alike."

The 232-page book has an attractive cover, is printed on high-quality paper and contains a glossary of Australian terms and an extensive reading list.

UQ Ipswich to offer Uni course in country music
THE CULTURE of Australian country music will be under the spotlight in one of four new courses to be offered at UQ (University of Queensland) Ipswich.

The courses will focus on "music cultures" including popular and contemporary music.
#John Williamson and other leading country music artists helped celebrate the launch of the courses at a function hosted by UQ in conjunction with the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) at UQ Ipswich tonight (Monday, August 4).

Dr Shirley Tucker, who has been working in close consultation with the CMAA, said the organisation had been extremely supportive during the course development process.

"Clearly the industry is motivated by the prospect of gaining graduates who can specialise in the industry and enhance research in contemporary music culture," she said.

"Country music in particular, as the longest sustaining popular music genre in Australia, has made an important contribution to our understanding of what being Australian means."

#CMAA President John Williamson sang a duet with Golden Guitar winning artist Sara Storer at the launch and country music artists Dobe Newton, Pat Drummond, Jim Haynes and Brendon Walmsley also performed.

"An academic approach to our music is not something a lot of people would have contemplated before now," John said expressing the CMAA's delight at UQ's move into country music.

"It's an exciting move, one we are very pleased to see. The extension of country music into formal study will provide more substance to our industry, more pathways for people to examine and understand country music and opportunities for people already in the industry to extend their involvement to this level if they wish."

The courses will be offered through the Contemporary Studies Program at the Ipswich campus, where they will be part of studies in media and culture.

Two introductory first year courses, examining aspects of music and popular culture, will be available from 2004, and two advanced courses from 2005. Dr Shirley Tucker and Dr Keith Beattie will be developing the courses.


COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
PO Box 298 Tamworth NSW 2340

COUNTRY MUSIC CENTENARY MEDALS

from CMAA  2004
TWENTY-TWO COUNTRY music or country music related people have been awarded Australian Centenary Medals.
Adam Brand, Darren Coggan, Beccy Cole, Felicity, Adam Harvey, Michael Harvey, Sara Storer, Keith Urban and Brendon Walmlsley were presented medals for services to Australian society through country music.
Kathleen Batchelor was presented with her medal for service to the annual Bunyip Country Music Festival.
Retailer Barry Bull from Toombul, Queensland, who has had a long association with the country music industry, was presented with his medal for distinguished achievement in business.
Troy Cassar-Daley was presented with his medal for distinguished service to the music industry.
Warren Fahey was presented with his medal for long service to the development of the Australian music industry and small business.
Paul Kelly was presented with his medal for service to music and the arts.
Lee Kernaghan was presented with his medal in recognition of service to entertainment, particularly country music.
Bob Kirchner was presented with his medal for service to the history of country music through the Australian Country Music Foundation.
Allan Edward and Stephen Pigram of Western Australia's Pigram Brothers were presented with their medals for service to indigenous people through recognition of their music.
Fabian Webb was presented with his medal for service to country music, the community, local government and the beef industry.
Gus Williams was presented with his medal for service to Australian society through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music.
Warren H Williams was presented with his medal for service to Australian society through music.
And John Williamson was presented with his medal for service to Australian society through singing and songwriting.
Medal recipients were announced last week by the Federal Government.
TIARA AWARDS
In 1998 the Tamworth Independent Artist Recognition Awards were commenced to recognise the immense talent and commitment of Independent artists in Australian Country Music.   We now have an online presence which should aid everyone who aspires to winning these prestigious awards.   Details can be found at www.tiara-awards.org including full list of past
 winners.
 
Young Hunter Valley Rising Stars
Written in 2001
       
                  Catherine Britt                     Josh Canning                         Brooke Harvey                       
There must be something in the  water around the Hunter Valley area, the talent that is emerging from there is amazing.   Catherine Britt,  a singer songwriter who is only 16 years old has just brought out her 2nd C.D  "Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures", containing  7 originals and a duet with Bill Chambers "It's not love"  The C.D is going very well and it only came out in August.   The September NFS album will have Catherine singing the single "Easy Living" written by Richard Porteous.   She has just finished touring with Kasey Chambers and what an honour it is to be selected to be on this tour but well deserved.    Catherine is heavily grounded in traditional music as is Josh Canning who is also 16 years.  Josh has a unique voice but sings traditional country and is just starting on his journey to the top in this field.  He has great musical taste, songwriting skills and he has the passion & dedication to Country Music.  
Brooke Harvey,  another young singer songwriter,  is at the moment studying and doing her H.S.C. but as soon as school's out, music's in.  Brooke is applying for a place at the 2002 CMAA College and if successful is hoping to hook up with some other young pickers and benefit from the experience of the college tutors.   Brooke is talented, classy and also  has a style of her own.   Brooke is hoping to bring out a C.D  early next year.   There is no telling how far these three Novocastrians will go as they all have the potential to reach the top and www.tamworthragepage.com    wishes them luck in their future in Country Music.    Click here www.catherinebritt.com  to buy Catherine's  C.D.
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THE LAST RIDE OF TEX MORTON      
Announcing a new release Feature Documentary re. The Father of Australian and New Zealand Country Music 1916 to 1983. This feature documentary follows the career of Tex Morton Aka Dr Robert Morton Hypnotist/sharp shooter actor etc toured America / Canada circa 1940's for more information Contact: Attitude Productions P.O. Box U233 Darwin NT,Australia. 0815   
Submitted By:Graham J. Archer Email:  attitudeaustralia@austarnet.com.au
 
Anna Rose
A photo of Anna Rose holding a Tamworth 
Ragepage website card.

 
Helen from Tamworth Ragepage would like to thank Anna Rose for her story in the Northern Daily Leader.
"I discovered Bert Wilder's poem while doing my daily checkout of Helen's fabulous website, www.tamworthragepage.com   Anyone who loves country music will really enjoy this site. 
I'm absolutely convinced Helen never sleeps. She must spend every night at the computer. I wonder if she sleeps during the day? Anyway, I intend to find out and will have more on Helen for you in a later column."   

A Thank You to Anna Rose 
"
The Answer to Anna's question - No, I do not sleep in the day time. Adrenalin and the enthusiasm for country music keep me going, before, during and after Tamworth."   

 
An Excerpt from Anna Rose 
 An excerpt from reporter Anna Rose's Country Music Notes from "The Northern Daily Leader "July 14th.
 "A visit to Helen's newsy website is an experience you won't forget.  This lady lives, breathes and oozes country music- she's a gem" 
Thank you Anna Rose.

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