19th-21st September 2014 Allora Goomburra Stampede
There was a new sound on the airways in the early 1970’s when a song called
“Wanted Man” roared up the Australian music charts.
This was the opening salvo of an extraordinary career and the introduction to a singer/songwriter son distinctive, he would become the vanguard of the “New Country” cross over in Australia.
Lee’s rare ability to craft songs was recognized by the Australian federation of Broadcasters when his original album “Stories We Could Tell” won “Best Album,
Single and Song”
The boy from the back streets of Fitzroy was developing quite a reputation with his magnetism, distinctive voice and professionalism.
Touring nationally and internationally became a way of life.
Jerry Lee Lewis regarded Lee as his own personal discovery, recorded with him and even took Lee to Gracelands to meet the “King”…. Unfortunately for Lee,
Elvis had left the building!
It wasn’t long before Lee headlined the prestigious “International Festival of Country Music” at Wembley together with Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare and
The Charismatic and distinctive style stunned British audiences and his talent was acknowledged at the London Palladium when Lee was presented with the
“Most Promising Performer of Great Brittain” award.
Lee’s single “All I Want To Do In Life” went #3 on the U.S and Canadian music charts with the top places filled by “Ghost Riders In The Sky” by Johnny Cash and “California”
By Glen Campbell…..No mean feat for a boy from downunder!
Fame and success carry a high price after representing Australia during the ANZAC Festival in Japan. Lee returned home to record the best selling “Big Iron” album.
Headlining major country music festivals, touring locally and working on his 42’ boat,
gave him time to write, relax and record.
It wasn’t too long before Lee was back in the limelight hosting the nationally and internationally popular “Conway Country” television show.
Lee has enjoyed many memorable moments in his career and being selected to appear at the Royal Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip was definitely a career highlight. After presentation to the Royal couple, Prince Phillip quipped,
“Do you gargle with gravel”.
The prolific songwriting ability is not confined to country music, for many years Lee has written and produced many award winning television and radio commercials.
“Gone Fishing” a duet written and recorded by Lee and Col Elliott some years ago remains one of the most popular video clips on CMTV.
Lee’s recent sabbatical gave him time to concentrate his formidable songwriting abilities
And take talented newcomer Adam Harvey under his wing. Writing and producing a song for Adam which was awarded “Best Country” at the recent South Pacific Song Contest.
For more than 40years, Lee has been regarded as one of Australia’s most loved and respected country music artists and carved a special place in the hearts of all music fans.
Since resigning as a Queensland Ambulance Officer and becoming a full time professional entertainer, Graham has made a huge impression on the industry. His name has become synonymous throughout the land with quality Australian Ballads. He performs across the country bringing his show to outback towns in the style of the travelling Slim Family show.
Graham is a passionate Australian who enjoys entertaining. Being able to write and sing Aussie Bush Ballads and to share his great love of our nation with others gives him a great deal of pleasure. Keeping Australia and Australians as his major theme for his ballads ensures that Graham will always uphold the traditions cemented by the late Slim Dusty.
Slim was one of the many within the industry who acknowledged Graham’s exceptional writing skills and was pleased on several occasions to record his material. One ballad so impressed and expressed Slim's feelings that the family had Dick Smith recite it as a poem at Slim's funeral.
The number of awards that Graham has won, particularly at Tamworth is a tribute to his talents. On several occasions he has taken out the People’s Choice Award for Male Vocalist of the Year which reflects on the quality of his voice, however his talents do not stop there. Graham has won fifty-seven Major Awards across Australia. You only have to sit back and listen to some of his CDs and you will fully appreciate the depth of that talent.
Born and raised in the rural town of Gympie .
It is often asked which has the greatest influence on Graham’s works – his passion or his talent. Whatever the answer to that question, Graham's songs will transport you into the theatre of your mind. When composing a ballad he does not just tell a story, Graham paints a very vivid picture. You will not be disappointed with any of his CDs.
Album No. 11 "STRONGER FOR IT ALL" - NEW CD 2012 OUT AUGUST
"The best yet", is the verdict of the radio station announcers and the supporters. Two songs reached the finals in 2012 for the Songwriter of the Year. You will not be disappointed with the wonderful, fresh approach to his songs. A true story will make you shed a tear, it tells of the story of a soldier's love for his dog and their separation. Once again Graham has recorded a duet with Chris E Thomas whose vocals blended so well with Graham. Chris was a backing vocalist for Tina Arena, Becky Cole, Adam Brand and many others.
- RELEASED 2011 Winner 7 Awards, 2 Golden Guitar Finals. Once again this Album displays the talents of Graham's song writing. Sara and Graham won the Vocal Event of the Year at Tamworth with reached the finals in the Golden Guitars Vocal Collaboration, and Finalist Golden Guitar, Bush Ballad of the Year. You will have a chuckle with the song bet you find something of yourself in it.
released 2010, Winner of 4 Awards, 2 Golden Guitar Finals. The song was the finalist in the Bush Ballad. The touching song is a true story that tells of a little boy who is subjected to constant floggings from his step mother. The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels are remembered with , Finalist in the Golden Guitars Heritage Song, and the song reached the finals in Comedy/Novelty Song of the Year.
(INTERNATIONAL HIT #1) released June 2009 Winner of 1 Award to date. At the time of release it had won The National Songwriter's Award 2009 for the song. This is an up-to-date Country music Album. It contains light country rock, gentle waltz to the traditional ballad genre. Graham gathered songs from top song writers, old poems and his own skilfully written
.. released April 2008 has won 5 Awards. The Greatest honour songs to produced an album distinctly original and beautifully crafted. You will be entertained throughout this 13 track Album with the variety, musical arrangements and vocal qualities of Graham, which won him the People's Choice Award for Best Male Vocal 2009. This Album is set to win more Awards!
Winner of The People's Choice for Best Album and Graham also won Best Male Vocal. Graham has won Songwriter Salute Award and the Australian Independent Heritage Track of the Year with the song A Saddle For a Throne off this new CD and Country Ballad of the Year . The first single off the album become NO 1 airplay for radio stations. The Album with the calibre of the songs, music by Golden Guitar award winning instrumentalist Michael Fix and the wonderful resonance in Graham's voice, all combine to make this Album set to be a much loved Album in his collection.. You will love it!!!!!!!!!!
released at Tamworth 2007 received a great reception from media and the public alike, Won 7 Awards. The song became a Top Hit Song, won the National Contest of Australia 2007, Gold Medallion 2007 and the title song Thunderbolt won the Qld TSA Songwriter Award - Heritage Section. This Album is set to gain more recognition for Graham's talents. Winner of Heritage Track of the Year, Male Vocal of The Year, Finalist Golden Guitar Best Bush Ballad, Finalist Album of The Year.
2 Finals nominations Golden Guitars 2011 (Bush Ballad & Heritage)
3 Finals nominations Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards 2011
Finalist in the Golden Guitars 2010 (Bush Ballad)
3 Finals nominations "Gidgee Coal" Awards 2010
Finalist in the "Songmaker Award" 2010
3 Finals nominations in the TSA Songwriters Salute Awards 2010
Four finals nominations in the TSA National Songwriting Award of Australia 2010
Finalist "Heritage Track of the Year" Southern Stars Ind. CM Awards 2009
4 Finalists nominations People's Choice Awards 2009
1 Finalists nomination TIARA Awards 2009
4 Finalists nominations TSA Awards 2009
Finals nomination in The Golden Guitar Awards 2009 - Bush Ballad
2 Finalist nomination Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballads Awards 2009
Winner Golden Medallion "Songwriter of the Year" 2008
Winner Golden Medallion "Touring Artist of the Year" 2008
Finalist Heritage Song of The Year Australian Independent Country Music Awards 2008
Finalist GOLDEN GUITAR Tamworth Country Music Festival - 2008 Bush Ballad of the Year
2 Finalists nominations TIARA Awards 2008
Finalists nominations People Choice Award Bush Ballad Award 2008
5 Finalist nominations TSA Awards 2008
3 Finalists nominations Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballads Awards 2008
Graham has had many more awards if you wish to go to his website to read more www.grahamrodger.com.au
Evelyn Bury is joining us for 2013 and what a talented artist this lady is.
Over the past 30 years Evelyn Bury has accumulated many awards for performance, recording and song writing, including the coveted Golden Guitar in 1988. She was included in the top twenty international female hit makers of the decade in the 1990's alongside such names as Dolly Parton and the Judds.
A selection Records contract has seen her release twelve solo albums and over twenty compilations, many of which have been her own compositions. Songs such as 'It's Midnight' and Come Follow Me' taking out Contemporary and Gospel sections in the TSA awards. Many of her songs have been recorded by artists such as Reg Poole, Paul McCloud, Barry Thornton and many others.
She was inducted into the 'Hands of Fame' in Tamworth in 1991, with similar accolades in South Australia and Queensland.
Evelyn is still touring and performing at many festivals around Australia and remains highly esteemed in the Country Music Industry.
Gordon Larkin was raised outside Kempsey in the Macleay Valley of NSW, in the area now known as The |Cradle of Country Music. He has been singing and playing a guitar since his early teens, winning a Talent Quest on 'Slim Dusty's Touring Show'in 1954. Around this time he regularly appeared on Radio 2KM Kempsey.
Over the years he has performed on many touring shows and has shared the stage with such artists as Chad Morgan, Buddy Williams, Gordon Parsons, Shorty Ranger, Trevor Day, Athol McCoy, Rex Dallas, Jean Stafford, Barry Thornton, Olive Bice, John McSweeney, Desree Crawford, Country Boys and many others.
Gordon is equally at home on any stage be it the back of a truck, a pub or a city club. He has also appeared under the big top of The Gill Brothers Rodeo.
Business and family commitments put his singing career on hold for several years until the 1980's when he resumed singing and became involved with the country music club scene in South East Queensland. He appeared on numerous club shows and competitions, winning many awards and titles including 'Lismore Cedar Guitar'winner in 1987 and 'Queensland Champion of Champions' Yodeler in 1990. Gordon retired after this and is now a recognized judge at club festivals and talent quests when his touring schedule permits.
A regular performer at Tamworth for many years. Gordon was honoured to be a guest artist on the 'Tex Morton Memorial Show' which incorporated the unveiling of the Tex Morton Bust. He has a large repertoire of songs ranging from Tex Morton yodels and Australian Bush Ballads to contemporary songs. He has released a total of four (4) CD's The Best of Gordon Larkin, Gordon Larkin On And Off The Stage, Remembers the Pioneers and Son of the Macleay. Since 1990 Gordon has been working with the legendary Çhad Morgan Music Show'touring all over Australia.
Hoisting her swag of accolades over one shoulder
and her trusty guitar on the other, Bec Hance walks
the country road as one of only a few women
making their mark in the traditional country genre.
The talented singer/songwriter has a long list of admirers around the nation
both for her honest, funny, catchy or melancholy lyrics as well as her
Remaining true to the heritage country genre with
her music composition, Bec is breaking the mould
through her lyrics which border on bush balladeer
and in some cases, full-out comedy.
A love of the Australian bush and animals is woven
into songs covering life, love and loss.
Bec has firmly cemented her place in the industry
and is widely sought-after for festivals and events
She has cut her teeth in the industry, working hard to
cement her stellar reputation.
Now, after releasing her fourth album in 2013, she is a
crowd favourite at festivals around the country, having
played stages around the nation to acclaim.
Her beautifully crafted lyrics evoke strong emotions
from audiences who yearn for pure country music.
She classes herself as an Australiana artist who retains
the traditional sound country music in Australia and the
USA were built on and bring them together with a
Bec has worked with the likes of Keith Jamieson, Reg
Poole, Owen Blundell as well as Carter & Carter.
“For me, it comes down to that sense of peace and freedom
you have when you’re out in the bush.”- Bec Hance
A name well known to the Eastern States of Australia 1980-1988 as an accomplished singer/song writer, recording artist. Born and raised in Queensland, Rod’s music career began with a song written and recorded by him, called ‘The Shoe’ the story of Australian Champion jockey, Mel Schumacher, which was released on RCA records. The following year Rod recorded his first album entitled ‘My Style of Country’ released on Sundown Records, and received the Queensland Country Music Album of The Year Award.
1982 saw the release of his second album, also winning the Queensland Country Music Award of Álbum of the Year' entitled 'Mixed Emotions' which included the single 'Brand New Love'written for him by Australian songwriter Alan Caswell, which received extensive radio air play. The second single entitled 'Stockman's Hall of Fame'ws used extensively to promote the Stockman's Hall of Fame project in Longreach. In 1983 Rod wrote and recorded 'The Fires of Ash Wednesday' with members of the Queensland symphony orchestra, with all proceeds going to the Ash Wednesday appeal.
1984 saw him write and record a song re the Queensland State of Origin team entitled 'The Mighty Maroons'. The same year saw him write and record 'The Punters Lament' a tongue and cheek look at the famous Fine Cotton ring in affair.
He was also commissioned to write and record as part of Expo 88 a song depicting life on the land entitled 'The Bushman from Down Under' promoting the great Australian outback.
Rod has been blessed with a strong rich voice which has allowed him to perform in some of the best venues throughtout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria including RSLs, Hotels, Festivals and Clubs etc.
Affectionately, dubbed ‘Australia’s Country Music Gentleman’ by the music press, because of his attire and presentation, is a tag Rod wears with pride. After more than 20 years off the music scene Rod is making a comeback and hopes to find his way back to doing what he loves most ‘Singing His Style of Country’.
Born Margaret Kay Carmody in Cunnamulla on 7.9.1952. Only child born to Jack and Beatrice Carmody. Jack was born in Cairns in 1926 on 31st October, and lived in Brisbane most of his life his family living at St Lucia his Grandfather and Grandmother owned a dairy/farm where the University of Queensland now sits. They owned from the University to Lone Pine. Beatrice Brown daughter of Geroge and Emma (nee Bradley). George Brown was a drover and also sang Country (Maggie only found out a few years before Emma passed away).
Maggie lived in Cunnamulla until she was 8 years old then her parents moved to Dalby stayed there for 2 years and then moved to the Redcliffe Peninsula. Maggie lived there and did a Hairdressing apprenticeship. Getting married in 1972 she moved to Banyo in Brisbane. She had her first daughter Katrina in 1974 and moved back to Margate when her Dad Jack had a heart attack in 1975. Maggie had another daughter Melissa in 1977 and her third daughter Cassandra in 1979. Then she and her family transferred to Rockhampton in October 1979. She moved to Gladstone in 1981 then back to Redcliffe in 1983. Moving to Greenslopes in Brisbane to live in 1985. Separating from her husband in 1996 and divorcing.
Maggie met her husband Graham after separating and they married in 1999. They lived in Holland Park Brisbane where Maggie moved to after separating. They sold this home in 1999 and moved to their current home at Goomburra.
Maggie always wanted a horse and they purchased a horse two now 12 years later they have 30 horses (she just loves them). Maggie joined a Country Music Club in 2008 having wanted to sing for several years. She took to it right away now playing guitar as well. She released her first CD in 2010 at the Stanthorpe Stampede. Maggie is now trying her hand at song writing and intends to include two of her first songs on her second CD which she had dedicated to her Dad Jack who passed away on 1st July 2011.
Finalist New Talent Gidgee Coals 2012
Encourage Award Gidgee Coals 2012
Finalist New Talent Bungendore 2014.
Born in Taralga, NSW, Terry was just five when his father took him to see ‘Tex Morton’s Wild West Show’. He decided there and then that he was going to be a Country Music Star and by age sixteen, he was playing guitar in a band; in his early twenties he was working as a solo performer on the Sydney pub circuit.
Constantly in demand for work, he has appeared on most of the major variety shows, as well as on specialised CM TV programs. In the mid-eighties, Terry had his own live weekly TV show on Tamworth’s NEN 9. He was inducted into the Hands of Fame at Tamworth in 1981.
Terry Gordon was honored with the coveted award of Country Music Entertainer of the year 1993, not only as a tribute to his recent touring and recording success, but also as a mark of respect for his 30 continuous years as a multi-talented performer. Since beginning his distinguished recording career, he has released 25 singles and 20 albums.
His versatility as a balladeer, songwriter, bush poet, comedy performer and TV host has established Terry as one of CM’s finest entertainers. During a career of continuous travel, he has criss-crossed the length and breadth of Australia literally dozens of times. Terry has performed in all kinds of venues – from weather-beaten tents to the most modern TV studios and entertainment centers. On stage he has worked alongside such local CM legends as Tex Morton, Chad Morgan, Slim Dusty and just about all the greats of the industry.
In 2005 Terry was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to Country Music.
Tootie is a wonderful local artist that travels around the music scene permanently with husband Paul and has been in the music industry since she was a young girl.
Michelle & Bob Ovenden
Michelle was brought up on country music. Some of her earliest memories are of going to the Rick and Thel show as a toddler and listening to her father’s Slim dusty forty eights on the wind up gramophone player. Her father was a talented bush balladeer and songwriter and when he joined the ACMA when she was teenager she began singing with him. She has been singing, on and off ever since. When she was in her twenties she joined a choir and the choir mistress complained that she made everything sound like a country music song. That’s when Michelle decided to stick to country music, but until 2012, she always thought of it as a hobby only. It was a successful hobby for her. She won a number awards on the Champion of Champions circuit, TSA and ABC Search for a Star competitions. In 2012 she recorded her first commercial single; a self penned song titled “Now I’m Letting Go”. It was released on the LBS Compilation 17 album. It received tremendous air play right across Australia and garnered her the Gold Medallion Media award for Qld New Talent 2012. In 2013, she recorded another self written single, “Guessing Games” which was released on the LBS Compilation 18 album. This track went to number 28 on the charts and, gained her a nomination for the Qld Female Artist, 2013, in the Gold Medallion Media Awards. She and husband Bob sing as solo artists and as a duo and really enjoy travelling to and performing at festivals. Michelle hosts a radio programmed called “Country Woman Style” (as part of the “Classic Country” slot) from one till two, every Sunday on Wildhorse 99.7 F M.
Born the son of a miner in South Yorkshire, Bob grew up in the town, of Doncaster. He loved country music from an early age and remembers songs that his father sang in front of an open coal fire, on the cold winter days long before they had a TV. He is influenced by the early songs of Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzle, Ernest Tub and many more. Bobs music is always pure country.
Bobs career started a long time ago back in England. From his early teens to his mid-forties, Bob performed with many of the top bands around the midlands, touring the British Iles working from a solo act to six piece band, depending on the location and promoters requirements.
High Plains western Swing Band was the Band Bob enjoyed most; a 5 piece band touring and playing Bobs favourite Music. The Boothill Boys, was one of thevery early bands in Bob’s career. This band was a great launching point to build on;
touring and recording great country music with a fine bunch of musos .
Now residing in Australia Bob is constantly performing the music he loves best ("Country"). His feeling and style for telling the story of a song is perfect for the country genre and you are sure to enjoy his shows.
Over the last twenty years Bob, as been involved in the local country music scene, helping younger artists, teaching guitar and stage presentation. Now back on the road he is looking to write and sing more of his own material. Following on from last year's winning of the Golden Medallion and successful festival appearances on the country circuit with the release of another single "If Your Gonna Do Me Wrong Do It Right", things are looking bright for the future.
Bob hosts a radio show called Classic Country, from 12 to 3 each Sunday and Wildhorse 99.7 FM.
Tappin' Teddy Thompson
Our Ted has been around Country Music for a long time now and is a pleasure to work with. He is funny and talented. He can sing a good old or new song and everyone loves our Teddy.
I have been a passionate Country Music Singer/Songwriter since the age of 14, i first learnt to play the Guitar under the Guidance of my Father. As a youth i sang songs by some of the most influential Country Music Artists, and performed at many Local events including a stint being an opening act for James Blundell in 1991 in Texas. In my 20's i ventured into writing my own Songs, which i found to be very rewarding and i feel that i have achieved a lot through my storytelling. I had a break from performing while raising my family, and now have returned to performing. I recorded a single at Hillbilly Hut in Bateau Bay with Simon Johnson and released it last year, i was to return and finish the Album but found i was unable to do so as my Mother was ill with Emphysema and found myself helping my father to care for her. After a long break I returned to the studio where I completed the New Album “Brought Up Rough” which was released 28th of December 2012..
Kylie Castle is an unassuming singer/songwriter with a remarkable capacity to elicit emotion from songs. It is not unusual to sit transfixed as a story unfolds before you or to close your eyes and be lost in a moment, only to open them to a powerful display of vocal ability or infectious toe-tapping. With her congenial and unpretentious personality, Kylie Castle’s distinctive and dynamic vocals have been enjoyed by many in pubs, paddocks and festivals, cafes, clubs and churches, backyards, barns and beaches. Her long awaited debut album “Dusty Bottle” is a breath of fresh country air.
As a child, the only way her parents could get Kylie to sing was to allow her to hide behind the big old timber kitchen door. A few records and the ABC’s wireless transmissions of the day were the source of music for the young child who loved to participate in life on their wheat and cattle property near Wandoan, Queensland. A rare rendition of ‘Grass Hopper Loose in Queensland’ is one that friends remember well.
The death of Slim Dusty led her to pen her first song, “The Friend I’ve never Met,” which continues to be a regular request as does ‘Dusty Bottle’ a light-hearted favourite. Kylie’s love of this great country, its remarkable people, and the stories told by songs, has always been an inspiration to her throughout her entire life. Sharing the beauty of this unique nation and its people is close to her heart and she believes important in keeping the spirit of Australia alive.
Kylie Castle is an unassuming singer/songwriter with a remarkable capacity to elicit emotion from songs. It is not unusual to sit transfixed as a story unfolds before you or to close your eyes and be lost in a moment, only to open them to a powerful display of vocal ability or infectious toe-tapping. With her congenial and unpretentious personality, Kylie Castle’s distinctive and dynamic vocals have been enjoyed in pubs, paddocks and festivals, cafes, clubs and churches, backyards, barns and beaches.
After many years of requests from her audiences for CDs, Kylie has selected from her songbook, 12 country songs to share. Teaming up with producer and guitar legend, Stuie French and accompanied by select, experienced musicians, Kylie Castle has released a quality debut album. Two of her songs from this album were nominated for the TSA/APRA New Songwriter Award 2014 and the single, ‘Dusty Bottle’ won the ‘Daryl Kirkup Award 2014′ (CRS Publishing) With a great variety of original songs, Kylie Castle’s ‘Dusty Bottle’ is a country delight.
Kylie's much anticipated debut album is on sale now. Dusty Bottle contains a marvellous mix of country songs featuring Kylie's unique style and voice, highlighting her talents not only as a singer but as a songwriter as well. It consists of twelve original tracks masterfully produced by one of Australia's premier producers, Stuie French.
Smokie Pete is a great artist he can sing and does bush poetry I met Pete this year @ Bungendore Festival and just enjoyed his act so much invited him there and then to come along to Allora for this years Stampede.
Alice Benfer is a young and up coming star in the Country Music Industry she is winning prizes all over at the moment we look forward to Alice joining us for this Stampede.
Singer, Songwriter, Yodeller and Musician.
A quietly spoken, reticent young lady by the name of Alice Benfer started singing at the tender age of 7. Alice has come a long way since then with much success, she decided to try her hand at song writing over the past couple of years as a means to express feelings/emotions and to connect to a wider audience.
Alice is definitely a force to be reckoned with, so keep an eye out for her in the future.
There are no endings, only new beginnings. So here in lies a fresh start and an exciting journey of a solo career.
Graham & Kay Butterworth
Graham was born at Castlemaine (Victoria) in 1936 and is known to friends and family as "GB". He's been singing country and popular music since age seven, initially influenced by such great pioneers as Smoky Dawson, Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Harry Torani, Gene Autry and Wilf Carter. His first guitar was bought in 1955 from a mate who taught him the basics of playing, then with Keith Walters and John Lupton, formed a group known as "The Castlemen". Bruce Merlo (Lead) and Kent Clunes (Drums) were added and the group performed at many venues around North-Central Victoria until 1965, when GB joined the Army and had to leave the band to pursue his career.
He continued singing during his years of service - mainly in the Messes and for parties - returning to civvy life in 1973, with a Transport Company in Sydney, but maintained his part-time interest. A transfer to Darwin in 1974, introduced him to Cyclone Tracy and the rebuilding of his Company's operations. Later he joined the Darwin Country Music Association and has remained closely involved in the country music scene since then.
In 1998 Graham and wife Kay, moved to Glasshouse Mountains in Qld. They joined Homestead Branch of the Australasian Country Music Association at Caboolture and both competed successfully at many competitions around SE Qld. GB's singing style reflects his appreciation of American greats, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Charlie Pride and others, whilst his repertoire of Australian Country Songs, leans mainly towards the works of Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty and Stan Coster. Some of his family members, including sister Cheryl Lethlean and stepsons Allan and Lee Hubble (who both sing and play mean guitars), share his interest in performing country music.
Graham has received many awards for his singing in Victoria, Northern Territory and Queensland and he has written several songs about life in the "Top End", some of which have recently been recorded. The highlights of his singing career are; Representing the NT at a National Busking Competition in Adelaide; A support act to "The Bachelors" at Darwin Performing Arts Centre - and also for "Tamworth On Parade" at the same venue; Meeting and talking with Charley and Rozene Pride after their show in Darwin; Finally getting to meet his childhood hero Buddy Williams at Maguire's Pub in Tamworth; Meeting and knowing Stan, Dorothy and Tracy Coster pretty well - and always making new friends in the Country Music scene.
Graham and Kay returned to Victoria in 2002 (very much due to the call of "kids" & grand-children) and settled at Rochester. They joined CM Clubs at Echuca, Kyabram and Bendigo - regularly performing at other Clubs, charity events and Nursing Homes. Graham is currently the Secretary of Tamworth Songwriters Association (Vie Branch) and a Member of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association. He performs in "walk-up" venues each year at the Mildura, Barmera and Tamworth Festivals.
Len & Jeanne Connor
& Liz Look